22 April 2010

healthier chinese food binge

Don't tell anyone, but... I like Chinese food. Greasy takeout Americanized Chinese food that comes in cartons and can be ordered by # at any time of the day or night. And I rarely order the "healthier" options on the menu. I like my Chinese food deep-fried and somewhat unidentifiable. Isn't that gross? Fortunately, I don't eat it much.

Even more fortunately, is that I found this recipe for a healthier version of sesame chicken. And it's actually delicious! Adapted from Martha's recipe. We used tofu instead of chicken, because we felt like it.
Ingredients
3/4 cup brown rice
1 package tofu, cut up into chunks
1/4 cup corn starch
2 egg whites
sea salt and ground pepper
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp sesame seeds
small bell pepper, cut into slices
green beans (as many as you'd like)

Directions
  1. Begin cooking the brown rice as you normally would.
  2. "Dry fry" the tofu. This is my new favorite method, guaranteed to prevent you from serving a nasty, mushy tofu mess. You just add tofu to a skillet and cook until golden on all sides. No oil! Dry frying will get the moisture out, which makes it easier to marinade and get that flavor in the tofu.
  3. Mix together corn starch and egg whites. Remove tofu from heat and coat in the corn starch mixture, seasoning with salt and pepper. Throw the tofu back in the skillet and heat up until a little crispy. Add in bell pepper slices and cook until tender.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the honey, soy sauce, garlic and sesame seeds. Add to skillet.
  5. Steam your green beans.
Serve sesame tofu with brown rice and green beans. Feel pretty good about it.

(Serves at least two hungry people, probably more.)

1 comment:

  1. Whoa, I was craving sesame chicken from one of the many college-town takeout places here tonight, but talked myself out of it because I'm trying to quit meat. I will try this recipe ASAP! Thanks for sharing!

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