Asian Mandarin Orange Turkey

Mandarin orange turkey is a quick and easy Asian-themed meal that the whole family will love! Its fast, simple preparation makes it the perfect weekday meal.

Mandarin Orange Turkey

Mandarin Orange Turkey

Course Main Course
Servings 2
Calories 462 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small can mandarin oranges in light syrup, undrained (11 oz)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp hot chili paste (or to taste)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz turkey breast cutlet, cubed into 1” pieces
  • Dash of salt

Instructions
 

  • Drain juice from mandarin oranges into a small bowl.  Reserve mandarin orange slices.
  • Add soy sauce, chili paste, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil to the mandarin orange juice and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • Mix cornstarch into water and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat.  Add turkey, sprinkle with salt and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through with an internal temperature of 160℉.
  • Remove turkey from pan and set aside.
  • Add mandarin orange sauce to the pan and bring it to a simmer.  Add cornstarch mixture and allow it to simmer for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.  If the sauce becomes too thick, add a drizzle of chicken broth.
  • Put turkey and mandarin slices into the pan and heat through.
  • Serve over rice, if desired.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
Keyword Asian cuisine, Asian food, fast and easy, fast meal, mandarin oranges, orange turkey, quick and easy, turkey cutlet

Handle turkey with care!  Click here for some tips to avoid foodborne illnesses that can be associated with raw poultry.

The sweet flavors in this recipe pair nicely with sweet potato apple butter casserole!

Cooking for one person – 14 Questions Answered

So, you’re single and trying to eat healthily but cooking for one person seems like more trouble than it’s worth. You got questions…I’ve got answers!

Cooking for one person
Cooking for one person

When starting down a new path in life, there are always questions.  The problem, at least for me, is I feel dumb when I ask them. I feel like people who would have the answers, those “In The Know” are looking down at me and wondering why I would attempt this when it’s obvious that I don’t even have the most rudimentary skills to make it happen.

Is this the truth?  Probably not but all it takes is that one person to make us feel like we would never be able to pull this off, right?

I’m here to tell you that you can do it and I’d like to help!  I’ve got answers to 14 common questions about how to get started on this journey to eat healthier and be successful cooking for one.

What Should I Eat If I Live Alone?

What Should I Eat When Living Alone?
What Should I Eat When Living Alone?

What do single people eat?

Generally speaking, people who live alone tend to have poorer eating habits than those who don’t, men to a greater degree than women.  I’m not throwing shade here, it’s just a fact.

Why?  Theories abound but it seems most singles agree that it’s harder to keep fruits and vegetables fresh until they can be used and it’s harder to purchase portions of fresh food sized for a single person.

And let’s not forget accountability…it’s easier to eat cake for dinner when there’s no one there to see you do it.

What should I eat if I’m single?

I’m not crazy about the wording of this question because it seems to indicate that there are things we are “allowed” to eat and things we are “not allowed” to eat.

We should be striving to add more whole foods to our diets and cutting back on empty calories as well as processed foods but let’s face facts: There will absolutely be (the very occasional) times when you’re going to eat cake for dinner.  And that’s ok.

What can I cook that’s healthy?

What can I cook that's healthy?
What can I cook that’s healthy? 

What is a healthy dinner?

There’s no one-size-fits-all healthy meal.  People have different likes, different eating habits and different beliefs on what is ethical food.  Based on what our bodies need to thrive, a meal should consist of protein, fruits and/or veggies, complex carbs and calcium.  And don’t forget that a tad bit of fat helps your body absorb all those nutrients!

How do single people eat healthily?

It’s easier to eat healthy when you have the healthy foods you need right on hand. Whether you like to shop for groceries daily, weekly or monthly, make sure you go with a  meal plan in mind and a list in hand.

Take advantage of the butcher, seafood and deli counters to get the exact amount of product you’ll want to eat.  Shop for loose fruits and veggies in produce and don’t hesitate to ask the clerks in produce and meat if you can get portions smaller than the packages that are on the shelf.  Lastly, check-in the frozen aisle for healthy foods that will keep for a while in your freezer!

How do I cook when living alone?

How do you cook when living alone?
How do you cook when living alone?

What are the easiest things to cook?

There are plenty of simple recipes out there that just take just a few minutes to prepare such as spinach feta pizza and pan-seared scallops.  You could also just Google “simple meals to make” to get some great ideas as well!

How can I simplify cooking?

One of the easiest ways to simplify cooking, in my opinion, is to make something once and use it (at least) twice.  Make creamed spinach for a side to your steak and use the leftovers for eggs florentine. Dill Greek yogurt dip is great for dipping some veggies while watching your favorite movie but it’s also great as a chicken marinade or in egg salad!

You’d be surprised how easy it is to whip up something delightful when you have a good selection of condiments and spices.  Szechuan-style shrimp? Nothing but shrimp, rice and condiments. You can pick these spices and condiments up as you go along so don’t hesitate to invest in a new spice or additional type of mustard. These things have a long shelf life and come in handy when you’re on a mission to “throw something together”!

What should I cook for one person?

What should I cook for one person?
What should I cook for one person? 

What should I make for dinner for one person?

I think too many people feel like cooking for one person is somehow different than cooking for an entire family.  It’s exactly the same. Oh, the proportions may need to be adjusted but that’s it. Spaghetti and meatballs? Just cook 2 ounces of spaghetti (the end of the bundle should equal the diameter of a quarter), top with a quarter cup of sauce and a few meatballs.  Viola! Spaghetti for one.

What should I make for lunch for one person?

My favorite lunch for one is a repeat of what was for dinner.  It was good then, right? Well, it’s good now, too!

What about breakfast?

What I make for breakfast is varied depending on whether I have to work or not.  If I have to be up and out in a hurry (because, let’s face it. We’re always in a hurry in the morning, right?) I’ll go for a very quick smoothie or something that I’ve pre-made on my day off, like a breakfast cookie or overnight oats.

If I have the time, I like to make eggs with…well…something.  It depends on my mood.

Sometimes, (I’ll admit it!) I just grab whatever leftover comes to hand, even if it isn’t technically considered to be “breakfast food”.

I guess what I’m saying here is just have something.  While we can’t always make time for breakfast, we can always grab something healthy and eat it on the way. Not hungry? Grab something anyway because I guarantee that you will be. Your body hasn’t had food in 12 hours or more and, if you’re famished by lunch, I also guarantee that take-out is going to look much better than that salad you packed.

What should I cook tonight?

So, it’s happened.  You were busy, you didn’t take the time to plan, you didn’t take anything out of the freezer.  There’s nothing for dinner.

Really? Nothing?

This penne pasta dish comes together in no time flat.  So do scrambled eggs, peanut butter toast or a hummus tabouli wrap.  Just take a deep breath, open your cupboard and your mind.  I promise there’s something to eat!

What can I cook when I run out of ideas?

This is actually one of my favorite things.  Why? Because I get to try something new. First of all, what do you have for ingredients?  Let’s say you have a chicken breast, a potato and some frozen peas. Just Google it! Seriously.  “Chicken potato frozen peas. Enter.” This method has never failed me.

Still got questions?  Ask away in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them!.

All my best

Cynthia
cynthia@cynthiaeats.com

Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp

This easy pan seared scallops / shrimp dish is a delightfully simple yet elegant dinner for one! The added zip of lemon poppy dressing makes it unique and tasty.

Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp

Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp

Course Main Course
Servings 1
Calories 360 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5 5 large sea scallops (or 5 large shrimp, peeled and deveined)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon poppy seed dressing
  • ½ cup cooked rice, hot

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Scallops:  Place scallops carefully in the pan so they are not touching.  Cook on one side for 2-4 minutes, until they are nicely seared.  Flip them over and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Shrimp:  Place shrimp carefully in the pan so that they are not touching.  Cook for one minute. Flip over and cook for one more minute, or until shrimp is opaque.
  • Remove seafood from pan and arrange on top of rice. Add lemon poppy dressing to the pan and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze.  Empty contents over the top of seafood and rice.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Hack:  Place leftover rice while still warm (to retain moisture) in serving-size containers and freeze for future use.
  • Hack:  Shrimp and scallops can be purchased individually from the seafood counter at most grocery stores.  Alternately, both of these items can be purchased frozen in larger portions if you wish to keep some on hand.  Thaw needed amounts before cooking.
  • Hack:  Seafood can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  It can be thawed more quickly by placing it in a sealable bag and submerging in a bath of cold water for about an hour.
Keyword buffet, fast meal, low calorie, pan seared, quick and easy, scallops, seafood, shellfish, shrimp, vegetarian

Did you know?  Scallops are considered to be one of the healthiest kinds of seafood!

Suggestion:  Try this dish would pair nicely with rice pilaf!

Spinach Feta Pizza For One

This quick and easy spinach feta pizza for one is the perfect solution for supper on a busy weeknight! It’s vegetarian, low in calories and delicious!

Spinach Feta Pizza For One

Spinach Feta Pizza For One

Course Main Course
Servings 1
Calories 340 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole-wheat pita
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • tsp garlic powder
  • cup chopped frozen spinach, thawed with excess liquid squeezed out
  • 3-4 slices fresh tomato
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 400℉.
  • Place pita on baking sheet. Mix ricotta and garlic powder, spread over pita to edge. Top with spinach, tomato and feta. Sprinkle with oregano.
  • Bake until edges of pita are golden brown, about 12 minutes, Serve warm.
  • Hack: Freeze any leftover pita bread in its original packaging for up to 2 months.
Keyword easy meal, fast meal, feta pizza, low calorie, meal for one, meatless, personal pizza, pita bread, pita pizza, pita pocket, pizza for one, quick and easy, quick and easy meal, quick meal preparation, Spinach Feta Pizza, spinach pizza, vegetarian

Did you know?  Spinach is one the most nutrient-dense plant-based foods you can eat!

Suggestion:  Here’s another fast and easy vegetarian meal for one, check out easy eggs Florentine!

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