Thursday, April 10, 2014

Yummy Inside-Out Eggrolls

Sometimes I want a taste of Chinese food, without the guilt! The truth of it is, most original Oriental food is vegetable based, however when American-ized, we turn it into some deep-fried concoction.

This super fast concoction can serve as a side dish, or a main dish, depending on what you add. I will give you the framework for it, and you can do the rest...

If you are short on time, you can begin with a package of shredded cole slaw mix found in the salad area of the produce section, but honestly, you can make way more if you buy a head of cabbage.

1/2 half of a head of cabbage
3 medium-large carrots
1 onion (I used purple, but you can use a yellow onion)
2 stalks of celery
1 crown of broccoli
Soy Sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos,a much better alternative)
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Sea Salt
Extra virgin olive oil
(optional) 2 eggs
(optional) shrimp, chicken, pork
(optional) water chestnuts
(optional) bean sprouts

Using a julienne tool like Trademark Titan Peeler Plus Julienne Tool and Slicing Board,shred the cabbage.

One of my favorite kitchen tools is this julienne tool (and it the peeler is the sharpest thing I've ever seen).
It is easy to use and so versatile. It makes beautiful carrot strips for stir fry and can be used to make zucchini noodles. Use this to julienne the carrots.

Finely chop the celery, onion and broccoli with a knife, chopper, or throw it in the Ninjafood processor for quick work!

On a Electric Griddle orGrill/Griddle,turn the heat to medium. Place the red pepper flakes in the pan and begin to toast. Add 1 tsp of EVOO and add enough of  the vegetable mixture to the pan to cover the surface without  piling it too deep. You want to sauté the mixture, but not steam it. If you add too much, you may not get the yummy carmelization that tastes so good.

As the mixture becomes slightly translucent, you may decide if you want to add the egg or seafood/meat additions. The meat should be cooked about 90% before added to the veg mixture, because you do not want to overcook the veggies. During the last 3 or so minutes of cooking, add the soy sauce and sea salt to taste. Depending on how much vegetable mixture you have, you can determine the amount needed.

You can add brown rice to this dish and make it a complete meal containing plenty of vegetables, protein and whole grains!

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