Take Out At Home, Vegan Style

We know many people are venturing back into the world, but we’ve decided that we’re going to keep pushing forward with Apocalycious to share our love of food. This week we’re bringing you a take on a take-out classic, which can be done vegan (as shown above) with fried tofu, or with chicken — all covered in a healthy version of a General Tso’s sauce.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 package of firm tofu (or two chicken breasts, deboned)

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup honey (or, if you are strict about no-honey, agave syrup)

a dash of vinegar

about an inch or so of a piece of ginger

2 cloves of garlic

a steamed red pepper

1/2 cup of olive or vegetable oil

THE PROCESS

If you’re making tofu, you’ll want to squeeze it out, preferably overnight, between two towels and two cutting boards. If you try to use the tofu with the full amount of water still in it, it will not fry up correctly. After you squeeze it, you’ll season it with some dried ginger, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper. If you think you don’t like tofu, it maybe be because you haven’t done these two steps correctly! Give it a try!

If you’re using chicken, I recommend cutting into 1/2 inch cubes and dredging it in corn starch.

Next, you’ll heat your oil until it’s very hot (steaming) and lay your tofu or chicken in it until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel when done.

In the meantime, take you other ingredients and blend them together in a food processor, red pepper included. This will give it the color and tang of the General Tso’s sauce, even though this is an interpretation of that sauce, not the authentic thing. Put the tofu/chicken in a different pan and heat with the sauce. Make Erin’s fried rice, and you many just be willing to cook your own take-out from now on!

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