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Healthy Copycat Chinese Takeout

Healthy Copycat Chinese Takeout is as comforting and quick as your go-to order! What a great way to introduce more veggies into your day while embracing the nutty warmth of Cantonese cuisine. 

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, and Lower-Carb by Default. Easily Nut-Free and Protein-Full.

Healthy Copycat Chinese Takeout

Serves 1 as a main, 2 as a side*
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper strips, any color
  • 1/2 cup small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup drained baby corn
  • 1/4 cup drained water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup mukamame (shelled edamame)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or stir-fry sauce**
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic and ground ginger
  • 1 mandarin orange, peeled and chopped in half***
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed peanuts or 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  1. Heat a nonstick skillet or saucepan and add a little vinegar. “Sautee” the snow peas, peppers, kale, and broccoli for 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, quarter the baby corn spears and chop the water chestnuts in half. Slide them into the pan along with the edamame, sauce, and spices. Cook for 4 minutes, covered.
  3. Once steamed, stir everything around, slice the oranges, and plate it up! Garnish with crushed peanuts or sesame seeds and swirl into your mouth with chopsticks:)

*Add rice or Udon noodles for a complete meal. I just actively dislike rice of all colors.

**I use the instant Pho broth concentrate from Acid League. It is out-of-this-world flavorful and ultra-convenient. Use reduced-sodium soy sauce or garlic ginger stir-fry sauce.

***Could use canned mandarin oranges, but steer clear of added sugars.

INFO DE NUTRITION calculated with peanuts: 340 calories | 16g protein | 8g fiber | 9g fat

YUM. Trust me. Try this tonight. Your stomach will be satisfied and your roommates will be primed for dinner. To quote one of my taste testers: “Uh, did you get [Local Chinese Restaurant Name Redacted] without telling us?”

No. I made it. For you. I guess.

Now I’m itchin’ to “fry” up a buffet.

Sister Post (not yet born) = Darn Near Instant Pho! Easiest Nourishing Soup

Best Dishes,

The Hippie Happy Foodist™

(P.S. I first heard of Cantonese food in my favorite movie, 1985’s Clue. But the dish mentioned was monkey’s brain… so I left it at the bottom of the page so as not to slash your appetite.)

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