The fact of the matter is that there is just not enough time to go around. Unfortunately for me, a lot of my time gets sucked into something called a one-hour-one-way commute. Its terrible, but at least the scenery is nice and I love my job(s-there are three....) which makes up for it! I mean, I get to feed penguins, and see falcons and porcupines, and loon stomach contents, and I get to write a lot. It's pretty fantastic. It's also my time to catch up on the news as I make myself listen to NPR at all times other than my Friday commute home.
The downside is that some nights, like last night, I didn't get home from work until about eight, and by that time I am really starving. But I mean I'm vegan so thats par the course right? I kid, I kid.... So at any rate, on nights like that when I need something really fast to eat, I am glad for something called Gardein.
Gardein makes a variety of meat substitutes that are quick and easy to prepare, and last night I tried their Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick'n. My recipe is below.
1 cup dried rice
2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bag frozen Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick'n
1 cup of broccoli florets
1 red onion, sliced into half moons
1 scallion, diced
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons sriracha sauce (if you don't know what this is yet then get back under your rock)
Boil water in a saucepan. Add rice, cover, return to boil, and reduce to simmer until tender, about 25 minutes.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and broccoli (you can really use any veggies). Cover and saute until tender. Add hoisin and sriracha sauce and heat through.
Cook Gardein according to package instructions.
To serve, put about 1/2 cup rice in a bowl, top with half the veggie mixture and half of the Gardein. Sprinkle sesame seeds and scallions on top.