Feeling like Chinese for dinner, but can't trust takeout? Did you know that most Chinese restaurants cook even their vegetables in chicken broth? Well, I've got a super easy, ridiculously fast recipe for you that tastes damn near authentic. It's a simple concoction of ingredients (all of which you've probably got at home) that can be tossed with any protein of your choice. For this dish, I'm using one of the vegan faux-meat enigmas...shrimp!
Ahh, szechwan shrimp. Bold, spicy, sweet, tangy...everything you want in a Chinese dish. And the ingredient list is so simple: ketchup for the tanginess, soy sauce for the saltiness, agave nectar for the sweetness, and crushed red pepper for the heat. Additionally, ground ginger, garlic, and green onions provide the pungence necessary for this regional cuisine.
A little cornstarch thickens the sauce up quite nicely, and yields a thick, sticky, rich glaze for the shrimp. And speaking of the shrimp, although you can use any faux beef or chicken (or even tofu), I'd highly recommend checking out Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Shrimp. While it doesn't necessarily taste exactly like the real thing, it's got a hint of oceany flavor, and if you can get past the strange jiggly texture, it's a great substitute for any shrimp dish (including this one).
Serve this over jasmine rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds for a truly Chinese-inspired experience. A hot cup of oolong tea on the side, and you may never want takeout again!
(adapted from Allrecipes)
Nutritonal data (per 4-ounce serving): Calories 122, Fat 5g, Sodium 431mg, Carbs 18g, Fiber 3g, Protein 2g.