Must-Try Ready-to-Cook Products for Busy Weeknights

Must-Try Ready-to-Cook Products for Busy Weeknights

If you live a fast-paced, busy life, finding the time to cook a wholesome and tasty meal during the week can seem like an impossible challenge. Recognizing this, A-Plus Food has curated a line of exquisite ready-to-cook products designed to cater to the needs of the modern, time-constrained individual. Our selection promises not only convenience but also the rich, authentic flavours that our customers love. Whatever you are in the mood for, A-Plus Food’s ready-to-eat products are here to transform your busy weeknight dinners into effortless, gourmet experiences. 

Here are five must-try options that are guaranteed to please any palate and fit seamlessly into your hectic schedule.

1. Japanese Gyoza

Japanese Gyoza, available in both pork and chicken options, is a standout selection among ready-to-cook products for those craving a taste of Japan. Not only do they make for a delightful appetiser, but they can also serve as a main course when paired with rice or noodles. 

Cooking Method: For optimal results, cook the frozen Japanese Gyoza straight from the freezer without thawing. Place in a non-stick shallow pan over medium heat. Add 80 ml of water and a teaspoon of olive oil to prevent sticking and enhance the flavour. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the gyoza to cook for about 5 minutes. After this initial steaming phase, remove the lid and continue cooking until the bottom of the gyoza turns golden brown. This method ensures that the dumplings are steamed through, and then crisped on the bottom for that perfect gyoza texture.

2. Xiao Long Pao

Xiao Long Pao are a staple in Chinese cuisine often celebrated for their delicate skin and rich broth filling. These soup dumplings provide an exquisite blend of flavours, making them a sophisticated ready-to-cook product usually filled with a savoury broth and meat. They require delicate handling, but you can still can enjoy these delectable dumplings at home without the extensive prep work.

Cooking Method: Do not defrost frozen Xiao Long Pau before cooking. Prepare your steamer by placing baking paper or a layer of leafy vegetables at the bottom. Place the frozen Xiao Long Pao on top, ensuring they are spaced apart to prevent sticking. Steam over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes. The correct steaming time is crucial for maintaining the delicate balance between the tender wrapper and the savoury broth inside. For a better taste, serve with handmade soy sauce. 

3. Japanese Meatballs

Japanese meatballs are a tasty and versatile ready-to-cook product. Whether served on their own, mixed into a noodle dish, or enjoyed as part of a steamboat, Japanese Chicken Meatballs offer a delicious taste of Japan with the utmost convenience. Their versatility and ease of preparation make them an ideal choice for a quick, satisfying, and flavorful weeknight meal.

Cooking Method: There is no need to thaw the frozen Japanese meatballs before cooking. They are perfectly suited for a variety of cooking methods including air frying, deep frying, steaming, boiling, and oven baking.

4. Pan Fried Bun

Pan Fried Buns, combine the best elements of steamed buns and potstickers. Specifically, the Pork variety is a must-try for those who appreciate the delightful interplay of soft and crispy textures. This ready-to-cook product brings the iconic taste of Shanghai’s street food into your kitchen without the hassle of long prep times. Each bun is stuffed with savoury pork and encased in a dough that turns crispy on the outside and remains tender on the inside when cooked.

Cooking Method: Start by placing the frozen bun into a non-stick shallow pan set over medium heat. Add 80 ml of water and a teaspoon of olive oil (or your preferred type of oil) to enhance the flavour and assist in the cooking process. Cover the pan with a lid and let the bun cook for 5-7 minutes or until the water has completely evaporated. After the water has dried up, remove the lid, reduce the heat, and continue cooking until the bottom part of the bun achieves a golden brown hue. 

5. Meat Pie

The Meat Pie is a great choice for those seeking a hearty and satisfying meal with minimal fuss. These ready-to-cook pies encapsulate the savoury blend of pork and fresh chives, encased in a delicate, flaky pastry. 

Cooking Method: Place the frozen pie directly into a non-stick shallow pan over medium heat. Add 80 ml of water and a teaspoon of olive oil (or your preferred oil) to the pan. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 5-7 minutes until the water has completely evaporated. Once the water is dry, remove the lid, lower the heat, and continue cooking until the bottom of the pie turns golden brown. 

Elevate Your Evenings with A-Plus Food’s Ready-to-Cook Products

Embrace the convenience and taste of A-Plus Food’s ready-to-eat products and make your weeknight dinners something to look forward to, without the stress of lengthy preparation and cooking. Visit our website to explore our full range of options and start transforming your mealtime into an effortless gourmet experience.

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