I made this a lot before my “food conversion”, and it was my “signature” dish when friends and family came over. Since I couldn’t find a good way to adapt the recipe, I didn’t make it anymore for a long while. When I found out that beef tallow is a healthy cooking fat, and I learned a few more ways to tweak the recipe, I began making it again! Keep in mind that the sauce is still pretty sweet, so it’s not a meal you should have often, but it’s a yummy treat once in a while, and much better for you than what you’d eat at an oriental restaurant.
Sweet and Sour Chicken or Pork Recipe
- Organic brown rice, germinated rice, or I LOVE this rice these days. (More information on the benefits of germinated brown rice – along with another really tasty chicken recipe at that post, too.) For extra nutrition, make it using homemade chicken broth . (Which I keep on hand in the freezer.)
- Chicken or pork, about 2-4 pounds, depending on how many you're feeding
- Beef tallow for frying, if you can't find it locally, find a healthy source online for beef tallow (rendered beef fat) and healthy meats, and to see which items are on sale.
For the sweet and sour sauce:
- 4 – 6 ounce cans pineapple juice – 24 oz. total (without HFCS)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons fermented soy sauce
- 5 Tablespoons organic corn starch (organic to avoid the GMOs)
- 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup palm or coconut sugar
- 6 Tablespoons organic raw apple cider vinegar
Prepare the rice.
Next, prepare the chicken or pork: Cook bite-sized pieces of chicken or pork as instructed at this deep fried heaven post, you can keep it hot in the oven on warm as you're making more batches.
As the meat is frying, prepare the sweet and sour sauce: Combine the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat until thick, stirring constantly. (If you have a small family, you could easily halve this recipe.) Add fruits and veggies of your choice and cook to desired consistency. (I like mine to be a little crunchy.) Here are some ideas, and try to look for local and organic produce whenever possible: pineapple bits (if you buy the canned, it’s easy to find some without HFCS), green or other colored peppers, onions, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes (halved), julienned or sliced carrots. Be creative!
- Have you read my husband, Kent’s, guest interview?
- More Chinese Recipes (For those of you who have missed Chinese food since switching to a more nourishing diet.)
- More about healthy fats/oils – scroll down and see if there’s any you’ve missed.
- Another post about adapting recipes along with a recipe for caramel corn. But since then, I’ve decided Kettle Corn is tastier, easier to make, and with less sugar, too!
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