Looking for a quick and easy weekday meal that your entire family will enjoy? With just a few nutritious ingredients you can be serving up this authentic Chinese dish without the toxic additives.
Happy New Year! Yes, I gave myself a one week break from posting… not by choice. It was just so darn hectic to squeeze in a post during the chaotic winter break. I am back and boy did I create a fabulous kid-friendly recipe that had my family begging for more.
I have mentioned before that I make my own broth and once again I was stuck with some plain chicken. I have posted Butternut Squash Sage with Shredded Chicken and Cranberries and Healthy BBQ Paprika Pulled Chicken recipes in the past. This time I went to the Eastern Hemisphere, with all its vast array of exotic recipes, to conjure up a quick and favourful meal for this week. I love all types of cuisine and I want to raise my children to appreciate the variety of different dishes we are so fortunate to have in our own backyard. When I say backyard, I mean the great Empire State. My job is to try everything and find some great substitutions that work for my family’s dietary restrictions.
Like most of my dishes, I am usually in search of a healthy alternative so I know my boys are getting all the proper nutrients without any harmful ingredients like MSG… and I don’t mean Madison Square Garden! Monosodium glutamate is a popular food additive found in Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats and is used to enhance the flavour of a dish. There have been several reports of the adverse reaction when consuming MSG.
A few symptoms include:
- Rapid Heartbeat
Regular consumption of this additive is linked to obesity and depression. Now doesn’t that sound lovely? I am not finished yet! To make things more difficult they disguise this toxic ingredient by giving it another name.
Ingredients that always contain MSG:
Yeast Extract Yeast Food
Ingredients that mostly contain MSG or create MSG during processing:
Flavors and Flavorings
Natural Flavors and Flavorings
Natural Pork Flavoring
Natural Beef Flavoring
Natural Chicken Flavoring
Soy Protein Isolate
Anything Enzyme Modified
Anything Protein Fortified
Is your head spinning yet? Now with that said, the thought of using soy sauce or corn starch in this dish made me cringe. So how does one avoid creating a “depressed and obese” family? Well, by serving mostly whole, fresh foods of course! Also, when using packaged goods, reading every ingredient is key.
You are going to love the substitutes I came up with for this dish! Coconut aminos makes a great alternative for other seasonings. The sap is low glycemic, has a nearly neutral PH, contains 17 amino acids, minerals and vitamins. It is also gluten-free and soy-free which is perfect for my older son’s diet restrictions. A little arrowroot starch works well to thicken up the sauce and presto a tasty brown sauce that works amazing with the fresh, colorful vegetables in this dish.