On Wednesday, when we got the CSA delivery, it looked so good that we had to change up our meal plan and make a stir-fry that night. The stir-fry was so delicious that we had to replicate it again yesterday. So give this one a try – it’s quite traditional, and should be loved by anyone.
We got to use another recent purchase – Trader Joe’s “Chicken-less Strips: Lightly Seasoned.” These were great: and a nice alternative to the usual tofu or seitan. They had a slightly chewy texture extremely similar to the texture of real chicken strips. The seasoning was light enough to be enjoyable and complemented the ginger flavor of the stir-fry.
EDIT: loveofoats raised a good question: if they’re not tofu or seitan, what are they? Here’s my answer: The description on the back says “Made with wholesome ingredients including grains and vegetables, our Vegan friendly Chicken-Less strips are low in fat, naturally cholesterol free, and packed with protein.” They have soy protein AND vital wheat gluten – so I guess they’re like tofu AND seitan! Thanks for the question
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1/3 of a vidalia onion, chopped
1/2 package (about 3/4 cup) of TJ’s Chicken-less Strips (or other meat substitute)
2 cups chopped cauliflower
2/3 cup chopped carrots
chopped cauliflower greens
about 4 cups chopped collard greens (2 big leaves)
a few radish greens, chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1.5 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1. Heat the oil in a large wok over high heat. Add the sesame seeds, garlic, and ginger. Saute until the garlic is aromatic. Add the onions and saute until soft.
2. Add the Chicken-less strips, cauliflower, carrots, and cauliflower greens. Saute for 5 minutes.
3. Add the rest of the greens, plus the soy sauce, sugar, and all of the spices. Saute for 5 more minutes, mixing well to really spread out the flavoring.
4. Serve hot with whole wheat couscous – a perfect combination!
Note – feel free to switch up the veggies, change the spices and amounts – make this stir-fry your own so you really enjoy it
As a side dish I also made a salad with the fresh CSA lettuce, some onions, CSA oregano, and ginger dressing. Simple and light, it was a great companion to this healthy meal.