Happy Monday (said no one ever).
Especially a Monday that has followed a weekend filled with belligerence and over indulgence of Halloween candy. It left me with a headache, a belly ache and mouth sores. Way to go America!
It also left me feeling incredibly lazy and not wanting to make any home cooked meal. However, I knew if I started my week off on the “wrong” foot there was a very high chance that I would continue the rest of my week that way and I needed to beat those odds.
Does that happen to anyone else? Or do you have any tips to getting you back on the right track after a diet slip up? I usually just throw in the towel after one mistake =/
Spending many of my childhood years in Tokyo, Japan, my mom always managed to come up with creative meal twists by preparing traditional Japanese dishes with a Western flare. One of my all time favorites were her “sticky rice beef balls” that I am sharing with you. It was her take on two separate Japanese dishes, Gyudon & Onigiri.
Gyudon is a Japanese dish that usually consists of beef which is cooked in a sauce and then served over a bowl of rice. You can technically skip the last step of actually making these beefy rice balls and serve this the traditional way. Onigiri which literally means rice ball, is usually formed into a triangular shape and is stuffed with something salty or sour (pickled plum, salmon, tuna, etc) and can be wrapped in nori (dried seaweed).
These rice balls are so incredibly easy to assemble and are a great make-ahead snack. I like to usually make these on a Sunday or Monday leaving me with a protein packed snack on-the-go for the rest of my week.
Not only am I obsessed with Japanese rice (I mean, who isn’t?) but I absolutely LOVE being able to eat with my hands. Being on the go all of the time (i.e. chasing a toddler) the best kind of meals are the hassle free, no stress – no mess kind of meals. And this one is at the top of my list.