Eggroll in a Bowl – and an idea for leftovers!

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A super fast meal for those crazy busy days!

Eggroll in a Bowl – doesn’t that sound fun?  I love eggrolls and I love fast and easy dinner ideas, so I couldn’t wait to try it.  I didn’t know what I was doing the first time I made it, and I was standing in the meat section at the grocery store trying to figure out if I was supposed to buy pork sausage or ground pork. I don’t buy either very often so I guessed.  I tried ground pork and thought it was a little bland, although my husband said it was good.  Most of the time I make this I now choose a breakfast sausage like Jimmy Deans.  I found that it gives it a little more flavor.  But that is a personal preference.  I did try it with mild Italian sausage once – and I thought it was way too overpowering for this dish. (note: my aunt said she uses mild Italian sausage without the soy sauce mixture – only 2 ingredients! That would decrease the saltiness. Definitely worth a try!)

I have to be honest with you guys though.  My kids do not like this at all.  Not even the one who likes coleslaw.  But, they’re kids under 8 years old who’d eat tacos and mac-n-cheese every day if I let them. So, this time I made eggroll in a bowl for myself for lunch while my kids had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Pick your battles, right?

This is so easy.  I mean, really easy. Brown the sausage and onions, stir in the coleslaw mix, add the sauce and you’re done!

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Here are a few things I found I personally liked in this recipe.  I prefer a ratio of 1/2 pound of sausage to a bag of coleslaw mix.  Most recipes out there have a 1 pound to 1 bag ratio, but I like more vegetables.  Personal preference. If you like a little bit of coconut taste, you can add a bit of coconut oil while you’re browning the sausage.  I liked the taste, but I found it felt a tiny bit greasy, especially in my leftover recipe.  I may not have noticed it quite as much if I had eaten it over rice. Anyway, the coconut oil is not a necessary ingredient, so it can certainly be eliminated.

Many recipes I looked at called for just soy sauce, but I mixed and matched a bunch of other recipes and added a few extra things….sesame oil, a few red pepper flakes, a little garlic and some ground ginger. Again, just soy sauce works just fine if that’s what you have!

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BONUS: IDEA FOR LEFTOVERS!

Well, I obviously have quite a bit leftover when I make this since my kids won’t eat it.  So I figured it was similar to the idea of fried rice, with or without the rice!  I reheated a portion of the leftovers in a pan and then added a couple of beaten eggs and scrambled them in the pan with the eggroll in a bowl leftovers.  Cook until the eggs are done and you have another meal! I’ve made this before with some of the leftover rice added in as well, and I’ve also made it without. Either way!

Does anyone have ceramic cookware?  I just got my first ceramic frying pan from my parents for my birthday a few months ago. What a great frying pan!  You can make eggs without any butter, and the eggs don’t stick.  They slide right off the pan.  It’s a kitchen miracle!  Ha.  Really, I love it and having a red frying pan makes me happy too!  I made this dish, and the leftovers, in this pan and it was so easy to clean up!

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I hope you enjoy!  Even if it’s just for you.  :)

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Eggroll in a Bowl – and an idea for leftovers!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound breakfast sausage (my favorite is Jimmy Deans), or ground pork
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped green onions (I used the white part for frying with the sausage, and the green part for garnish at the end)
  • 1 (16oz) package of coleslaw mix with grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup water (optional - I thought it helped cook the coleslaw, but not necessary)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • a few red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Brown the sausage and drain any excess fat.
  2. Add the package of coleslaw mix and water. Let cook for about 3-4 minutes on medium heat until slightly wilted, but yet still has a crunch.
  3. Combine the soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, ground ginger and red pepper flakes.
  4. Pour over the mixture in the pan and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add some green onions for garnish and serve over rice. Or without rice is good too!
  6. LEFTOVER RECIPE:
  7. Add a portion of the leftovers into a pan to reheat (depending on your pan, you might want to add a bit of butter or cooking spray to the pan). After a couple minutes, add a couple of beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs with the leftover eggroll mixture until the eggs are done.

Notes

You can't go wrong with this dish. Experiment with ingredients and amounts to suit your tastes! A reader said they used only mild Italian sausage and coleslaw. No sauce. Some people add more garlic, some add more ginger, etc. Some people like more meat, so use a pound of sausage with a bag of coleslaw. Let me know what YOUR favorite is! :)

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