I have decided to start creating some healthy, easy alternatives to takeaway favourites. I want all my fake-away dinners to be the kind of dishes you cook when you've got guests coming round and you want to serve a great dinner which everyone will enjoy, without the guilt.
Here is my recipe for sweet and sour sauce:
There's something so artificial about take-away sweet and sour sauce, and on paper i'm really not sure why i love it so much - but i do. It's one of those dishes i crave every once in a blue moon and there's little that replaces it.
This healthy sweet and sour takeaway is packed with lots of fresh pineapple and peppers; serve with baked fish, chicken or pork for the ultimate comforting fake-away!
rice wine vinegar
crushed chilli flakes
- Oil or low cal spray
cut into bite sized chunks
ginger garlic paste
(if you don’t have the mixed one, just add a tsp of each)
(Of any colour, but I like to use one red and one green)
cut into bitesized chunks
Mix your chopped chicken with ginger garlic paste and 2 tbsp soy sauce; set aside to marinate for 20 minutes whilst you make the sauce
To make the sauce: mix all 'sauce' ingredients together and blend until smooth in your food processor/blender
Heat a large frying pan and spray with low-cal spray or a small amount of oil
Add chicken and chopped onions to the pan and stir fry until chicken begins to brown
Add peppers, and stir fry until chicken is cooked through and peppers and onions are lightly browned
Add the sauce you prepared earlier to the pan, turn down the heat and stir thoroughly to coat the chicken and veg
Cook for a further 5 minutes, then remove from heat and serve
I served mine with steamed white rice, sprinkled with chopped spring onions