Welcome to back another recipe: Chinese Sweet and Sour (Sauce). As I told you in last week’s Gluten-free Kaiserschmarrn recipe, due to my injury I do not know from one week to the next as to whether there will be a recipe on the blog. But, last weekend both my husband and I were craving this dish. I asked him whether he could make both progress and final pictures (he agreed). And it was fun to be his assistant and leave the creativity to someone else. Again, if this week’s pictures look and feel slightly different – that is because they are 😉.
I created this recipe because I was craving comfort Chinese food but without any of the added sugars or additives. Just real, wholesome, ingredients. Chinese Sweet and Sour (Sauce) has always been one of my favorites and this dish – sincerely – does not disappoint. It is so, so good 🙌🏻. Instead of chicken, which you would usually find with this sauce, I battered cauliflower. It is the most delicious, crunchy side and only enhances the comfort factor 🥰.
I think you can tell by the pictures how vibrant the colors truly are. And yes, this dish may be messy – but hey, that is what comfort food is here for, am I right?! Also, please do not get discouraged by the rather long looking list of ingredients – most of it are pantry staples, spices, and flours. Yes, this dish contains a few steps but you pretty much put things on the stove to cook (rice), or in the oven (battered cauliflower). The result will be so worth the effort you will simply love this deliciousness!!!
Why is this Chinese Sweet and Sour (Sauce) good for you?
Pineapple is a tropical fruit, which is not only super delicious but also balances sweet and tart flavors. This makes it ideal to be also used in savory dishes. Pineapple is super high in vitamin C, a vitamin that is essential for our immunity. The antioxidant superpower of vitamin C has also shown to reduce conditions such as diabetic heart disease, joint pain, osteoporosis, and arthritis when consumed regularly as part of a diet. Pineapple is also high in both manganese and vitamin B1. Both this trace mineral and vitamin are needed in order to support enzymes to produce energy and work towards our body’s antioxidant defense. Last but not least, pineapple contains bromelain which may improve digestion, and also be highly anti-inflammatory. However, more research into both of these factors need to be conducted in order to be conclusive.
One of my favorite cruciferous vegetables! I adore cauliflower for its versatility – whether it battered in a dish like this, as an alternative to rice, or frozen and used as a base for smoothies (like in this Coconut Pineapple Smoothie). The options are endless! Cauliflower is also a vitamin C powerhouse, as well as high in manganese. Cauliflower contains something called glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are phytonutrients that contain sulfur and provide a range of health benefits. These nutrients support our cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems and are also great at lowering inflammation. Glucosinolates also possibly play a direct role in Cauliflower’s antioxidant capacity, but research is still trying to establish the direct link. Irrespective, Cauliflower is an antioxidant powerhouse, which protects us both from free radicals and oxidative stress.
Sweet, delicious, and stock-full of medicinal properties. Honey is one of these ingredients you can easily forget how good it actually is for you! If you want to truly reap all the benefits, you need to focus on raw, unpasteurized honey (the benefits listed are all based on this raw version). First off – and still the most awesome fact of all – Honey does not have an expiry date as one of the only foods on the planet!! How awesome is that??! Other than that, honey is both antibacterial and antifungal. So, if you cut yourself in the kitchen, your best bet is to put some honey onto it, due to both of these properties. It is also the reason why honey may be beneficial when having a sore throat (because it kills off bacteria). In addition, honey is loaded with antioxidants, in particular, polyphenols which have been shown to significantly reduce our risk of heart disease.
How can I adjust this recipe to my dietary requirements?
This recipe is vegetarian and nut-free. If you would like to make this recipe vegan, simply swap the honey for a vegan sweetener of choice (I would suggest agave syrup) and replace the ghee as a cooking oil with olive oil. If you would like to make this recipe paleo and consume vinegar as part of your lifestyle, I recommend to leave the battered cauliflower and replace it with some chicken instead. You would also need to swap the tamari for some coconut aminos. Note: If you do not consume vinegar as part of your paleo lifestyle, this recipe cannot be made paleo.
And there you have it for this week 🤗. Delicious, nutritious, and total comfort food bomb – what could one want more 😉?! I hope you enjoy and love the recipe!! Please let me know how you get on, both in the comments below and over on Instagram. You know I always love to hear from you!! Happy comfort food cooking everyone 🥰.