Mustgo Fried Rice with Sweet Chili “Chicken”

Fried Rice with Sweet Chili "Chicken"
Fried Rice with Sweet Chili “Chicken”

Mustgo is my favorite thing to eat. You know, this must go, that must go. I have a few meals in my collection that really don’t have much of a recipe because it changes depending on the odds and ends I have in my fridge. This is one of those. Requirements are some sort of leftover grain, I do prefer rice. Some vegetables, and, to really make it a meal a bit of vegan chicken and sweet chili sauce. This is one of my pregnancy cravings for sure. I think I made it every week for a month straight and ate it two meals a day until it was gone. Just thinking about it I feel like I should run out and get some Trader Joe’s Chicken-less strips and make it for dinner. I do make the fried rice part a lot without the chicken, but it really takes it to a new level.

I have to thank my friend Tatum for this idea as it was something she introduced to me back in grad school. The chili-vegan chicken part that is.

Ingredients

  • Olive oil for cooking
  • 2 cups chopped vegetables of choice
  • I like onions, mushrooms, zucchini, some type of green such as kale, chard, or dandelion greens, or whatever I need to use up from the fridge)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice, or mixture of brown rice and lentils
  • 2 TBL olive
  • 1 TBL tamari or soy sauce
  • salt to taste
  • juice from half a lemon (optional but recommended)
  • 1 8 oz package vegan chicken strips. I like Trader Joe’s Chicken-less strips
  • 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce. I pick mine up at the Asian grocery store, but there is often a version in the international food isle of most large grocery stores. Check to make sure it is free of dyes and anything else you are avoiding

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add a little oil, and whatever vegetables you like to cook the longest (onions for me), saute a few minutes, then add the next (mushrooms, zucchini, and greens). Cook until just tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a smaller skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add a little oil and the vegan chicken cooking, stirring frequently, until browned (3 -5 minutes).
  5. Turn off the heat, drizzle with sweet chili sauce, and stir to coat the “chicken”.
  6. Add rice to the cooked vegetables and cook a bit more to heat the rice through.
  7. Drizzle with 2 TBL olive oil, the tamari, a little salt, and the lemon juice, stirring to combine.
  8. Taste and adjust salt as needed.
  9. Top with cooked chili “chicken” and enjoy!

Vegan Soyrizo Baked Potatoes – an easy, comforting meal.

 Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2 TBL olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 package soyrizo
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth, beer, or water
  • 2 TBL vegan cream cheese
  • 2 TBL nutritional yeast

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Poke a few holes in the potatoes with a fork, place in the oven right on the rack, and bake until they are soft on the inside 45-60 min. I test them by squeezing them (with a potholder) and when you can feel the inside give they are ready.
  3. Meanwhile (when you have about 15 minutes until the potatoes are done), heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Saute onions until just softened, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add kale and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Add Garlic and cook briefly, about 30 seconds, then add soyrizo, vegetable broth, cream cheese, and nutritional yeast.
  7. Stir frequently and cook until heated through, about 3 more minutes.
  8. When potatoes are done, split them lengthwise and top with soyrizo mixture.