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Orange Chicken (or Beef) is a popular Chinese dish that I don’t usually get to order when eating out. I tend to miss out on the traditional stir-fries and specialties because I ask them to “leave off the sauce” because they typically contain gluten. When I’m in the driver’s seat in my kitchen though, I prefer to prepare dishes that are “off limits” when eating out to jazz up my menu choices…plus, then I won’t feel deprived!
When I was assigned Karen’s Kitchen Stories this month for the Secret Recipe Club, I was drooling over all her homemade bread recipes… but I admit, I was intimidated to try and de-glutenize them while staying true to the original recipe. After reading that Karen participates in Wok Wednesdays, I was sold on both her Velvet Chicken and Orange Chicken recipes! I’ve always been intrigued with the way Chinese restaurants prepare their meats, I never could achieve the same texture or tenderness when using a wok…until now!
I opted to cook an un-fried version of Orange Chicken to lighten up the dish a bit (you know, so I could have more of it!). Taking cues from Karen’s Velvet Chicken post, I used the water velveting technique instead of the oil one…. woohoo! The result was very tender chicken! Turns out you can also prepare other proteins in the same way — beef, pork, shrimp — so I will have to try my hand at that soon.
I made a few adjustments to the orange sauce by subbing coconut aminos for the soy sauce, adding a bit of ginger, using honey instead of brown sugar and using crushed red pepper flakes in place of the cayenne. I also chose to use coconut oil for sauteeing and tapioca starch instead of cornstarch, but either works in this dish! I served the chicken with brown rice sprinkled with green onion and sauteed broccoli, carrots and onions — a balanced, healthy and yummy meal!
Lightened up Orange Chicken (adapted from Karen’s recipe)
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free
For the Chicken
1 Tbsp tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
1 Tbsp canola oil or other neutral oil
1-2 tsp minced ginger
Cooked brown or white rice, or quinoa
- In a large bowl, marinate the chicken in the combined soy sauce, vinegar, oil, starch and egg whites for about 20-30 minutes at room temperature.
- Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl, whisk and set aside.
- Saute the garlic and ginger in 1 tsp of oil in a saucepan for about a minute until fragrant, add the above sauce, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the starch/water mixture and stir until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat, and cover to keep warm.
- In a 2-quart saucepan, bring one quart of water and 1 tbsp oil to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and add the chicken to the simmering water, stirring to prevent the pieces of chicken from clumping together. Cook until the chicken is opaque, but not cooked through, about 1 minute. Drain the chicken in a colander
- In a wok or large sauce pan over high heat, swirl the remaining tablespoon of oil into the wok. Add the chicken and saute for three minutes or until cooked through. Re-stir the sauce mixture and pour half over the chicken. Stir fry, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Toss with remaining sauce.
- Serve immediately with steamed rice/quinoa and sauteed veggies if desired!
Whew! I made it and posted on time! Ok, that was just a little side note for myself…I have been internet-less over the past month after moving to a new apartment so I’m quite thrilled to be “connected” again. Plus, I am just in time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal!
This month, I was assigned Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen and I couldn’t wait to decide to get in the kitchen. Bobbi is a family-loving foodie with a powerful weight loss success story and a long list of delicious recipes that make my mouth water. I immediately knew what I wanted to make. With a name like “Redneck Eggs Benedict”, I couldn’t resist! I love eggs, potatoes and bacon, and the fact that I hadn’t posted a breakfast recipe in awhile made this a win-win in my book.
I decided to use sweet potatoes over the white variety for a little color and added sweetness. I made these grain-free by using coconut flour in lieu of regular gluten-free all purpose flour, which worked out well! Being from Texas, I have an affinity for food with a little spice or a bit of a kick so I also revved up the spice in the potato hash cakes/patties by adding a southwest chipotle spice blend. I also decided to lighten up the sauce and made a quick and easy “faux Hollandaise” by using a combination of Greek yogurt, mayo, dijon, Franks Hot Sauce, tumeric and a smidge of coconut oil. I decided to eliminate the egg yolks altogether so no cooking was required. I decreased the amount of bacon by half and chose to crumble it on top along with the green onions for a garnish…mmmm!
This dish was DELISH! It was filling, very satisfying and had a lovely amount of spice and flavor. While the lightened up Hollandaise may not taste like the traditional version, it is very yummy and you can use it over sauteed veggies, potatoes, asparagus, rice or chicken Thanks to Bobbi for the inspiration!
It’s confession time though: I was talking on the phone mid-poach and I left the eggs in the water for a minute or two too long….so they weren’t “perfect” if you like a really runny yolk BUT the sauce combined with the slightly runny center was still very, very yummy!
Redneck Eggs Benedict (lightly adapted from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen)
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Refined Sugar-Free, Dairy-free option
For the Sweet Potato Cake:
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and grated (or could use russet)
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp coconut flour (for grain-free) OR 1/3 all-purpose gluten-free flour (use more as needed to bind cakes)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, copped
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2-3 tsp Southwest Chipotle salt-free seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg, beaten
2 green onions, greens only only chopped for garnish
1 Tbsp coconut oil, for cooking (or butter, ghee, Earth Balance)
For the Lightened up Hot “Faux Hollandaise Sauce”
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt or use plain non-dairy yogurt for dairy-free
1/3 cup mayonaise, homemade mayo or Vegenaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more
1 tsp dijon mustard (optional, I just like the taste)
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil or Earth Balance (for dairy-free) or butter/ghee or a combo (I used coconut oil)
pinch of tumeric (for color, optional)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Hot sauce (I used Franks Red Hot) to taste, I used 1 tablespoon
4 slices bacon
8 poached eggs (step by step instructions from Smitten Kitchen)
Sweet or Smoked Paprika for sprinkling
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Rinse shredded potatoes in cold water and squeeze water out. Pat dry with paper towels. Place potatoes in a large bowl and add the onion, coconut flour, thyme, chipotle seasoning, parsley, salt, pepper, and egg. Mix well and set aside.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon until crispy. Crumble and set aside.
4. Heat 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Form potato mixture into 8 patties, carefully place them in the heated skillet (4 at a time). Press down with spatula to make sure the patty is firm. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the patty is golden brown. Carefully turn the potato cake with a wide spatula and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the cakes and place them on a baking sheet in a single layer in the oven to keep warm. Repeat for the other 4 patties.
5. Poach eggs, place on paper towel while you prepare the Hollandaise.
6. To make the faux Hollandaise, whisk together yogurt, mayo, mustard, hot sauce and lemon juice in a small bowl until combined. Stir in the melted coconut oil/butter/Earth Balance and whisk well. Season with salt, pepper and more hot sauce if desired.
7. To serve, lay two potato cakes on a plate. Top each cake with a poached egg and pour Hollandaise sauce over the top. Garnish with crumbled bacon, chopped green onions and a sprinkle of paprika. Enjoy while hot!
Serves 4 for a full meal (2 potato cakes each) or 8 small
Are you drooling yet?
For this month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment, I adapted this recipe from Susan’s Moist Chocolate Hazelnut Cake recipe over at Food.Baby.Life blog. I was in the mood for a chocolate dessert and this recipe did not disappoint! I wanted to add a fresh element to this unctuous dessert so I whipped up a 30 second (literally) fresh raspberry coulis. It complimented the richness of the chocolate perfectly!
This chocolate cake has a molten middle if you cook it partially (which I prefer)…more like a pudding, or keep it in for a minute or two longer for a less moist middle. I was always the one eating the leftover cake and brownie batters out of the mixing bowl, so I definitely prefer the molten center.
I made a few adaptations: I cut the recipe into thirds so it served two instead of six (because let’s be honest, I would have eaten all of the leftovers!). I also added hazelnut extract and vanilla extract in addition to instant coffee to enhance the chocolate hazelnut flavor. I chose to substitute coconut oil for the butter for a dairy free option and used I baked these beauties in 4 oz ramekins, bottoms lined with parchment, since I didn’t have the dariole molds. I also converted the ingredients measurements from weight (grams) to volume (cups/Tbsp/tsp) since that’s what I am most familiar with…though some weren’t exact, the result was scrumptious! .Apparently I need to invest in a scale Another great part was that this wasn’t a complicated or lengthy recipe, which of course means I can make it more often right?
Gooey Chocolate Hazelnut Cakes with Fresh Raspberry Coulis (adapted from Food.Baby.Life)
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-Free, Refined-Sugar Free Option
1.5 oz dark chocolate (or unsweetened* see note), chopped
3 Tbsp coconut oil (or butter or ghee) + more for greasing
1/2 rounded tsp gluten-free instant coffee (I used Nescafe decaf)
1 large egg
2 Tbsp granulated sweetener of choice**
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp hazelnut extract
pinch of pure stevia to taste
small dash of salt (optional but the salt enhances the flavor)
2 Tbsp hazelnut flour (can substitute almond flour for less hazelnut flavor)
cocoa powder for dusting
Fresh Raspberry Coulis, for serving (see recipe below)
Fresh raspberries for serving
1. Preheat oven to 350F/180 C. Grease the inside of 2 (4-ounce) ramekins very well with coconut oil. Dust with cocoa powder. Cut two small circles of parchment paper the size of the bottom of the ramekins and line bottoms (I highly recommend this, otherwise they can stick since they are fragile).
2. In a double broiler or in a small bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate, coconut oil and coffee. Stir frequently and make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk egg, sweetener, salt and extracts with an electric mixer for several minutes or until light, pale and foamy. Slowly fold the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Stir in hazelnut flour/meal until well combined.
4. Spoon evenly into the prepared ramekins, place on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 1-2 minutes, before inverting onto serving plates (be careful the ramekins are hot!). Drizzle with raspberry coulis and serve with fresh raspberries. Best served when warm!
*If using unsweetened chocolate, increase the sweetener by 2 tbsp or to taste.
**If using coconut/palm sugar or another coarse sweetener , measure the amount first and pulse in a blender to make a finer grain. I haven’t tried this cake with a liquid sweetener so if anyone tries it, please let me know how it turns out…you may need to decrease the heat and cook for a bit longer.
Quick Raspberry Coulis
Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Quick/Easy, No-Bake, Grain-free, Refined Sugar Free
1 (6oz) container of fresh raspberries (could also use your favorite berry for a different flavor)
1-2 Tbsp coconut nectar, agave or honey (use more or less depending on how sweet you prefer your coulis)
juice from 1/2 fresh lime or 1/2 medium lemon (about 1 1/2 Tbsp juice)
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. You can strain through a fine mesh strainer if you don’t like the a few seeds, but I didn’t feel it was necessary.
It’s that time again for another Secret Recipe Club reveal! I sat out last month with the start of our frozen yogurt store but I am excited to be back in full swing
I was given Dena’s blog Oh! You Cook! for this month’s assignment and couldn’t wait to start deciding which recipe I wanted to make. She has so many recipes that I kept drooling over but the one I kept going back to was her Broiled Haddock with Thai Coconut Sauce. I happen to love anything Thai and I’ve been searching for a savory dish that incorporates (one of the many cans of) coconut milk I purchased on sale recently – waalaa, this was the one!
This recipe was amazing, many thanks to Dena for posting this entree that inspired this oh-so-flavorful dinner! I made a few tweaks though to suit my needs and what I had on hand. I decided I didn’t want to dirty a second dish and heat up the oven so I poached the fish in the coconut sauce instead of broiling it first. I added mushrooms for more veggies, increased the amount of bell pepper, used Thai green curry paste in place of the Sambal Oelek, replaced brown sugar with coconut nectar, substituted hake (white fish) for the haddock, unrefined coconut oil in place of the sesame/olive oil to add to the coconut flare along with coconut aminos for the soy sauce and used fresh ginger for that extra ginger punch.
I had never eaten or heard of hake prior to my recent visit to Costco, but they were taste-testing these skinless, white fish fillets and I couldn’t pass them up! Skinless fillets are easier to deal with plus they were wild-caught and individually frozen for easy portioning If you don’t have hake, feel free to substitute your favorite white fish – tilapia, haddock, halibut or cod.
I even had a bit of leftover sauce; it was delicious over steamed kale and cooked quinoa for a light vegetarian meal! I love dishes that are easily adaptable and this sauce is really versatile depending on your preferences — serve over baked tofu cubes, sauteed or poached chicken, or use as the cooking liquid for cubes of potatoes and vegetables.
Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut Sauce (adapted from Broiled Haddock with Thai Coconut Sauce)
2 tsp coconut oil (butter, ghee, oil can be subbed)
1 Tbsp fresh ginger (or 1 tsp. ground ginger)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup mushrooms, sliced (white or baby bella), optional
3 scallions, diced
1 tsp curry powder
2 tsp Thai green curry paste (or Sambal Oelek chili paste)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp coconut aminos (or gluten free soy sauce, tamari or Bragg’s)
1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
1 cup light coconut milk
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves (if you hate cilantro, you can leave this out but it adds brightness to the dish)
3 (6 oz) skinless hake fillets or other white fish such as tilapia, haddock or halibut
4 lime wedges
1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic; stir for 30 seconds. Lower heat if garlic starts to brown.
2. Add curry powder, curry paste and cumin; stir for 1 minute to bring out their flavor and aromas.
3. Add red pepper, mushrooms and scallions; stir for 1 minute then add coconut aminos, coconut sugar and coconut milk. Stir to completely mix and bring to a simmer (do not boil).
4. Add fish to the sauce, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 6 minutes (flesh is white and no longer transparent).
5. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro. Serve fish and sauce over a bed of rice or your favorite cooked grain. Serve with a lime wedge for added brightness (this adds a nice freshness, I wouldn’t skip this) and enjoy!
*For a vegetarian friendly meal, substitute 1-inch cubed potatoes or tofu for the fish.