Thursday, February 24, 2011

If you think healthy food tastes bad...

...think again!

I love getting reader requests. Especially because it prevents me from having to come up with my own ideas. And this week, I was really feeling the lack of creativity.

Well, until I was requested to make orange chicken. Those of you who frequent my Facebook profile probably saw this request, and probably also assumed I wasn't going to take it seriously.

I thought it would make for a good challenge. Note: I've never tried orange chicken before. Despite that slight issue, I think this dish came out quite well, and it really didn't take long to make!

Vegetarian Orange "Chicken"

  • 1 box seitan (1 lb)
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ~2 tablespoons orange juice (or juice of 1 orange)
  • 1 tablespoon zest of an orange
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger (or more, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • salt/pepper
  • optional: crushed chili peppers or chili paste
  • optional: assorted vegetables (I used broccoli and snap peas)
  • optional: substitute tofu for seitan
[Edit: this recipe makes a lot more of the sauce than necessary for one box of seitan. I would suggest using less water if you prefer a less soupy dish. I liked the extra sauce as it added more flavor!]

If eating with rice, prepare the rice beforehand.

Heat oil on the stove and add the seitan. (If using veggies, add those too). 

Add salt and pepper, and saute. Then turn the heat to low. 

In another pot, add the orange juice, lemon juice, water, rice vinegar, and soy sauce and heat on medium-high.

Add the orange zest, ginger, and garlic, and chilis, and bring to a boil.

Stir, and take the pot off the stove. Let cool. To thicken the sauce a bit, I added 1/2 teaspoon of flour. 

Add the sauce to the seitan. 

Serve with brown rice.

I'd say I'm a fan of orange chicken after eating this. 

And it's perfectly healthy. Success!

To conclude, check out the strawberry banana smoothie that I made this afternoon.

Vanilla yogurt, milk, 1/2 frozen banana, a few frozen strawberries, and vanilla protein powder.

Who needs Jamba when you can make your own? :)


Sheila said...

hi tulika! which brand of seitan do you use?? i bought the westsoy kind last week, thinking it would taste like these ( but i found that it had a kinda funky aftertaste. is it just a matter of adjusting your tastebuds? or do you recommend a diff brand?

Tulika said...

I used westsoy also! It was the "chicken-style" box that was seasoned. Was the kind you bought seasoned? If not, that might have contributed to the weird aftertaste! The only other explanation I can think of is that despite the seitan being seasoned, it has to be seasoned more with the dish you use it in. Maybe that will help? (I usually tend to do that anyway because I always thought seitan was really bland by itself!)

PS I've never tried those "chicken" strips before! Do you recommend them!?

Lauren said...

YUM! I bet I'd really like this recipe. I've always loved the flavor of orange chicken but its sooooo greasy and bad for you. This looks perfect :)

Sheila said...

OH interesting yeah i think i accidentally bought the unflavored kind. i'll have to give it another try, that orange chicken looks delish. and YEAH the lightlife chik'n strips are quite tasty/high protein, i def recommend them!

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