Sweet and Sour … Gluten Free

Enjoy an easy-to-prepare healthy entree you can customize for your taste/needs. You’ll notice that I do not add salt. Most of our sodium intake is considerably higher than the F.D.A.’s daily recommended intake which contributes to health problems in a significant number of people (more on this later). I also did not add quantities to this particular recipe. That’s because you can make as much or as little as you wish. My preference is to make more than what we’ll need so I can freeze a meal for later use. It helps in a crunch and avoids the easy, high calorie way out of stopping by a fast food restaurant.

Sweet & Sour Ingredients
Sweet & Sour Ingredients
  • Your choice: chicken, pork, beef, or tofu
  • Vegetables: broccoli, corn, snow peas, carrots, onions, mushrooms (and any others you enjoy)
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet & Sour Sauce (check for any ingredients you may be sensitive to on the label)
  • Hot Sauce if you like it spicy
  • Rice: I prefer an organic wild medley, however, choose your favorite (keep in mind that whole grain is always better than white)
Sweet & Sour in Pot
Sweet & Sour in Pot

Precook your chicken, pork, or beef and set it aside. Chop the vegetables in bite size pieces. In season, I prefer fresh, but fresh vegetables lose their vitamin potency with time, so if it’s off season, use frozen or canned. Sauté the vegetables until tender but firm, not mushy. You may want to start with the carrots since they tend to take a little longer and are the only vegetable where the availability of a vitamin actually improves upon cooking (Vitamin A). Add the rest of the vegetables, pineapple, sweet and sour sauce. Finish by adding the meat/tofu. Dole out a healthy serving size (1 cup of the vegetable/meat mixture and 1/2 cup of cooked rice).

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