Simple Recipe: Oyako Donburi

Simple Recipes: Oyako Donburi

Every day, as I drive around and look at the bare trees and the piles of snow that are either growing or melting, I have to stop and remind myself that it’s still fall. Winter hasn’t even begun in earnest! But we have the lovely distraction of the holidays, which means things are busy, busy, busy and there’s even less time to think about what’s for dinner.

That’s why I’m so grateful to Lindsey for sharing this recipe with me! Oyako donburi is Japanese comfort food at its finest. It’s a mound of rice covered in an broth made of sweet and savory ingredients that flavor bites of chicken, and the whole thing is then thickened with egg. The dish is incredibly quick to whip up, and I love that it requires ingredients that we typically have on hand anyway.

Oyako donburi has come to the rescue multiple times in the past few weeks, with its warm, hearty goodness, and I’m sure it will continue to be a weekly staple for us in the coming months.

Simple Recipes: Oyako Donburi


1 chicken breast
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup low sodium shoyu (soy sauce)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 3/4 tablespoon sake
1 small onion, cut into strips
3 well-beaten eggs
2 cups rice
Green onion to garnish


1. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and simmer in the chicken broth until it’s cooked through.

2. Add the shoyu, sugar, and sake. Stir to combine. Add the onion and simmer until they’re translucent, about 5-7 minutes.

3. Pour the eggs over everything and cook until just set, about 2 minutes. Spoon over rice and serve hot!

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Mini Cooks Do Dinner: Enchilada Lasagna

Mini Cooks Enchilada Lasagna | Frock Files

It’s time for another Mini Cooks post, hosted by MJ, Sheri and me! Mini Cooks is all about teaching kids to have fun in the kitchen, but it’s also great for those of us who enjoy simple and quick cooking.

This is one of those dishes that goes by many names. My mom calls it Enchilada Layer Pie, a friend of mine nicknamed it “Lasagnchilada” (the dinner name version of Brangelina or Bennifer), and we call it Enchilada Lasagna. Call it what you may, this dish is a simple way of making a delicious, savory lasagna using tortillas instead of noodles. Now that I’m thinking about it, “Lazy Lasagna” might be the best name for it!

Kids can get in on cutting the tortillas, layering the ingredients, and taste testing, of course. And when it comes down to it, that’s almost all the work.

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1 lb. ground turkey
1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded cheese
1 (25 oz) jar pasta sauce
3 flour tortillas (we use Fiber One)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic


1. Use cooking spray to grease a large, deep frying pan and an 8 x 8″ baking pan. Set the baking pan aside. Heat the frying pan on medium. Once heated, add the ground turkey and onion, cooking until the turkey is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain off excess water, if necessary, then return to heat.

2. Incorporate the garlic into the turkey mixture, stirring until the garlic becomes aromatic, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the pasta sauce until it’s heated through, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

Mini Cooks Enchilada Lasagna | Frock Files

3. Have the kids use scissors to cut one of the tortillas in half. Place one whole tortilla on the bottom of the pan, then overlap it with the half tortilla.

Mini Cooks Enchilada Lasagna | Frock Files

4. Spoon in a layer of the turkey mixture, then sprinkle cheese on top of it. Continue with one more level of tortilla, turkey mixture, and cheese.

Mini Cooks Enchilada Lasagna | Frock Files

5. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Broil for another minute if you want the cheese to be a little crisp and golden.

Mini Cooks Enchilada Lasagna | Frock Files

Note: This recipe is incredibly flexible. Add in mushrooms, peppers, carrots, spinach, zucchini, or squash to get more veggies in. You can also substitute the turkey for ground beef or, on the other end of the spectrum, TVP.

P.S. New to Mini Cooks? Check out our breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas too!

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