Egg roll in a bowl is a simple and delicious meal that comes together in about thirty minutes which makes it great for a weeknight dinner. In fact, we have been eating this about once a week for the last month. Egg Roll in a bowl is one of Food Critic’s favorite meals, right after homemade macaroni and cheese and enchiladas.
I first heard of egg roll in a bowl on Facebook. The person shared a link to Pinch of Yum’s Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe, so I gave it a try. To say it was love at first bite would be an understatement. The fact that I had dinner on the table in under thirty minutes was a huge bonus. While I love Lindsay’s recipe, there were a couple problems for me. The grocery stores in my area don’t sell ground pork, and when they do, it’s very expensive. The first couple of times I made this dish, I drove to a city that was an hour away for an appointment, and while I was there, went to a large Asian Market where I was able to find the ground pork, and buy it, for ninety-nine cents per pound.
Another problem was that I wasn’t able to find more Chinese five spice in our local area either. I don’t know if this was just because of the pandemic, but my bottle was empty, and there was none on the grocery store shelves. I needed to find a way to make this Egg Roll in a Bowl with things that are readily available in my area. I have to keep Mr. Food Critic happy, after all. I can always find ground turkey or ground beef in my local stores, which I could substitute for the ground pork, but the five spice was problematic. I considered my options, and found a solution that works well.
My solution was to make Egg Roll in a Bowl from breakfast sausage.
Did you know that Chinese five spice powder is a mixture of star anise, fennel seeds, Szechuan pepper corns, cloves, and Chinese cinnamon? Did you know that three of these five spices are also used in breakfast sausage? Of course, breakfast sausage also contains sage and thyme, but I like those flavors, too. I made egg roll in a bowl using breakfast sausage in place of plain ground pork, and it was amazing. The flavor profile was different from Lindsay’s version, but still delicious.
What you will need to prepare Egg Roll in a Bowl
From the Pantry
- Soy Sauce
- Ground Ginger
- Wonton Strips (optional)
- Brown, or white, Rice (optional)
From the Refrigerator
- Breakfast sausage
- Coleslaw Mix
- Green Onions
From the Root Cellar
How do you prepare Egg Roll in a Bowl?
If you’re going to serve the egg roll in a bowl over rice, you should get that started before you start the rest of the meal. The rice, especially brown rice, takes longer to cook than the egg roll in a bowl.
The preparation is really simple. You put the sausage in a pan to brown, and while it’s browning, you quarter and thinly slice the onion, and peel and mince the garlic.
Place the onion in the pan with the partially cooked meat and let it keep cooking while you chop up the green onions for garnish.
Once the meat and onions are done, it’s a simple matter to layer in everything else. Mix it all up, and let the cabbage cook to your desired consistency.
Then, all you have to do is serve it to your family.
How do you serve Egg Roll in a Bowl?
We love to serve egg roll in a bowl over a bed of brown rice and top it with some wonton strips that I pick up for about a dollar at a local discount store. Serving it over rice helps to make the recipe stretch further, and it reminds our family of the bowls you buy at places like Flame Broiler or Waba Grill. If you’re trying to cut carbs, you might want to skip the rice and wonton strips and just serve it topped with some freshly sliced green onions.
If you don’t have the wonton strips, don’t worry. We eat it without them all the time. If I can’t find the package for a dollar, I won’t buy them. (I’m really
cheap frugal. so I can’t bring myself to spend three dollars on a bag of wonton strips at another store when I can usually get them for a dollar.)
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Quick and Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl
- 1 pound breakfast sausage (made from pork, turkey, or chicken) ($1.98)
- 1 medium brown or yellow onion quartered and thinly sliced ($0.23)
- 2 cloves garlic minced ($0.09)
- 2 (14 oz) packages coleslaw mix ($1.98)
- 1/2 cup light soy sauce ($0.38)
- 1 ½ tsp ground ginger ($0.06)
- 1 bunch green onions sliced ($0.50)
- Put sausage into a pan on the stove to cook. Stir frequently to break the meat in to smaller pieces.
- While sausage is cooking, quarter and slice the brown onion, and add it to the pan. Continue to stir to break the sausage into smaller pieces.
- Peel and mince the garlic and add it to the pan with the sausage and onions.
- Once the meat is cooked, add the two packages of coleslaw mix, the soy sauce, and the ground ginger and mix well.
- Continue to toss the meat and cabbage together until the cabbage has reached your desired degree of tenderness. We like ours pretty soft.
- Serve topped with sliced green onions. You can serve it over rice or topped with crispy wonton strips.
The following nutritional information was calculated for a single serving (one-fifth) of the Egg Roll in a Bowl, prepared according to the recipe above and served without rice or wonton strips.
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