Nori Teriyaki Chicken Bowls

Nori Teriyaki Chicken Bowls

 Available in cities nationwide,  Instacart  is a grocery delivery service - a shopper jets around the store to grab the items you've specified and a driver delivers them, saving you a trip to the store.

Available in cities nationwide, Instacart is a grocery delivery service - a shopper jets around the store to grab the items you've specified and a driver delivers them, saving you a trip to the store.

I am obsessed with Instacart. And obsessed with quick meal prep. Today I'm sharing a recipe that is super-fast and easy to create because I outsourced the grocery shopping & delivery to Instacart and picked ingredients that were already prepped for a quick, healthy meal.

I'm always looking for ways to simplify my life and this spring when my schedule became very busy, I bought an Intsacart Express Membership allowing me to receive unlimited free deliveries for the whole year.

Now I can't live without Instacart Express. The yearly membership is SO worth it to me for the time I save, the decrease in my stress and my ability to relax in my own home while grocery shopping.

Today I'm sharing how to make these quick, delicious and healthy Nori Teriyaki Chicken Bowls. Protein, carbs, fiber, creamy fats, a little sweet and lots of crunch, these bowls have it all. Easy to prep for the whole family, and if your kids are picky, simply give them rice, a little chicken, avocado and drizzle with teriyaki and I'm sure they will devour it!

If you'd like to try Instacart out, you can get $10 off your first order and FREE DELIVERY by using the promo code POSITIVETHREAD at checkout. I highly recommend trying Instacart. I love them so much!

If you have any questions how Instacart works, just comment below or email me and I'd be happy to answer them.

Let's start cooking!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup prepared brown rice
  • 1/3 cup shelled cooked edamame
  • 100g grilled boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbs. Coconut Aminos Teriyaki Sauce
  • 2 Tbs. sliced black olives
  • 3 oz. shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 sliced avocado
  • 1/2 sheet nori
     
 Nori is an untoasted dried seaweed, full of micronutrients and low on macros.

Nori is an untoasted dried seaweed, full of micronutrients and low on macros.

 You can write notes to your Instacart shopper so they pick out your produce perfectly - I always write "I like my avocados not too hard and not too ripe."

You can write notes to your Instacart shopper so they pick out your produce perfectly - I always write "I like my avocados not too hard and not too ripe."

 Purchase shredded veggies to make meal prep simple.

Purchase shredded veggies to make meal prep simple.

 Edamame are an excellent source of potassium, protein and fiber (they also have naturally occurring fats). Brown rice is mostly carbohydrate with trace fat and a bit of protein. I used the frozen prepared versions of both to assist with meal prep.

Edamame are an excellent source of potassium, protein and fiber (they also have naturally occurring fats). Brown rice is mostly carbohydrate with trace fat and a bit of protein. I used the frozen prepared versions of both to assist with meal prep.

Directions

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Heat up non-stick grill pan (you can also use a regular skillet) to medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles on pan, place chicken thighs into pan and let cook for 6-8 minutes on first side.

Meanwhile prepare rice according to package (I heated this frozen brown rice in a saucepan on the stove with a bit of water). Also prepare the edamame (I microwaved mine in a glass bowl for 5 minutes with a bit of water.)

Check your chicken. When the edges start to turn white you can flip the chicken to the other side (I like to use metal tongs). Dice your tomato, slice your avocado, and open and drain your olives. Open the bags of shredded carrots and cabbage.

 

 Coconut Aminos Teriyaki Sauce uses coconut tree sap for sweetness. It's still sugar so use with discretion based on your tolerance to added sugars (and goals).

Coconut Aminos Teriyaki Sauce uses coconut tree sap for sweetness. It's still sugar so use with discretion based on your tolerance to added sugars (and goals).

 You can cook your edamame on stovetop or in the microwave.

You can cook your edamame on stovetop or in the microwave.

 Frozen, cooked rice is such a time-saver and tastes so delicious.

Frozen, cooked rice is such a time-saver and tastes so delicious.

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When chicken is fully cooked through and no longer pink, remove to a cutting board and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Slice chicken into pieces.

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To toast your nori, hold a sheet of it over an electric or bas burner for just a few seconds until it turns a bright green. Then crumble into pieces onto a plate.

To prepare, add brown rice, edamame and chicken to a bowl. Top with olives, carrots, cabbage, tomato and avocado. Drizzle with teriyaki sauce. Lastly top with crisped nori.

This recipe and the macronutrient/calorie breadown is available on My Fitness Pal under "The Positive Thread Nori Teriyaki Chicken Bowl"

I hope you try this bowl and enjoy it!

 

 

 

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You can also meal prep multiple servings of this dish for reheating later in the week. Instead of adding avocado, I am pairing my bowls with guacamole packs so that the avocado doesn't rot. Guac packs are a huge life-saver if you are an avocado lover! You can purchase these from Costco and have them delivered via Instacart, even if you don't have a Costco membership! Another reason I love Instacart. :)

(Note: If you add the nori to your bowl ahead of time and refrigerate, it will soften and no longer be crisp.)

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Want more info on Instacart? Keep reading

Getting back time and decreasing my stress is so valuable in today's busy society. Instead of traipsing to the grocery store, parking, fighting crowds up and down aisles, waiting in the check-out line, hauling groceries to my car and driving home (not to mention I made runs to multiple grocery stores to get everything I needed), I simply sit at my laptop and pick out my groceries online.

With Instacart Express, I pay no delivery fees for a whole year and I can receive my orders within 2 hours. Alternatively, I can order groceries two days in advance, and pick a future day and time for delivery. There have many been nights at work when I wasn't busy where I ordered my groceries to be delivered on my next day off. What a time saver!

Recently I was laid up post-surgery for a few days, and I easily ordered everything I needed to feel better (orange juice, lemons, matcha tea powder) and had it delivered to my door. Did I mention it was pouring rain that day, so I really didn't want to leave my house.

You have the option for delivery (which I usually choose) but you can also pick-up your groceries in store if you are out running other errands. Save yourself the hassle of hauling yourself (and kids!) around the store, run in, grab your groceries out of the Instacart fridge & freezers and you're good to go. Your credit card has already been charged so skip the check-out lines!

In Austin, TX, you can order from Costco (without having a membership!), Whole Foods, HEB, Central Market, Wheatsville, Total Wine, Specs, Petco, Tomlinson's and CVS Pharmacy and SNAP Kitchen. So not only can you have food delivered, you can order wine for a party and pet food! Winning.

To get $10 off your first order and FREE DELIVERY, go to instacart.com and use the promo code POSITIVETHREAD at checkout. You won't be disappointed. :)

(P.S. I actually placed an Instacart order while writing this blog post, when I realized I was out of dishwasher soap and garbage bags. It'll be delivered at 9 tonite. :)

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