Sunday, October 5, 2014

Super Easy ORGANIC General Tso's Sauce Recipe

When my family and I began our healthy eating journey, we easily gave up having "junk food" around the house", eating fast food, and had no problems choosing organic vs. traditional. We made a pretty smooth transition but after time found that we missed some of our favorite dishes like General Tso's from our neighborhood Chinese restaurant.

This was one dish that I was VERY afraid to try making at home. I have mastered pizza, tortillas, desserts...BUT I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to match the General's Tofu we were used to. I still had to try because the cheat nights at the Chinese restaurant were filled with processed ingredients and sugar. If I could make it myself....we could have it more often without having a cheat day :)

I saw many recipes online and to be honest...some were pretty intimidating. May recipes called for a number of ingredients and most were items that I simply don't keep around the house. The recipe that I ended up with may NOT be a traditional General Tso's BUT it was one that I can make with ingredients that I keep around the house and it was extremely kid friendly!

  • If you are looking for a spicy alternative, you can add fresh jalapenos, sriracha, or dried red pepper flakes. You can also add 1 teaspoon of ginger for extra zing :)
  • Also note that this recipe calls for cornstarch...if you don't have any on hand - simply make a basic roux with butter and flour then add your sauce to it and bring to a simmer!
  • I used all organic ingredients BUT you can use whatever you want
  • If you want to reduce the sugar, try adding more orange juice or stevia!
  • Try blending in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter!
This recipe was just enough for two people..I had to make a triple batch!

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 squeezed orange
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine (any cooking wine works)
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  1. Add all ingredients minus cornstarch and bring to boil to allow the sugar to dissolve.
  2. Wisk in cornstarch and reduce heat.
  3. Your sauce will quickly thicken and be ready to serve over veggies, chicken, beef, or tofu!
I hope you enjoy this version of General Tso's sauce and that it helps to keep you on track with your healthy living goals!

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