|Manang's Version of General Tso's Chicken|
Sometimes it is hard for me to post a recipe...because I usually use something from a previous dish I cooked. Like beef asado siopao using leftover roast beef pares. But this in particular uses leftover sauce...well, not really leftover, but I wanted my family to get a dose of gelatin-rich chicken feet sauce that I made few days ago using the slow cooker (not to mention it is laden with minerals and vitamins necessary for bone and joint health) without grossing them out. Here in my family, I am the only one who enjoys chicken feet. So I figured out a way for them to have their "chicken bone broth" without them turning up their noses. And it was a success in this General Tso's Chicken style.
See, since I started my Harcombe Diet journey and lost a lot of symptoms I previously attributed to aging (like joint aches), I sought to learn more about the relationship between food and body. One of the books that opened my eyes was the "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. Before getting her book, I was already familiar with the Weston Price Foundation, and ever since I defended coconut oil back in 2004 against people who said it was bad because it was saturated, I encountered the group of cholesterol skeptics. Since then I never really believed cholesterol was bad, so I never really held back on my fatty intake. But through the years, I gained weight even at a time when I was religiously exercising, and the only way I would lose weight was if I did not have a coffee cake (or donut) with my nighttime coffee. But before my Harcombe Diet, it was harder and harder for me to avoid eating such, and I gained more and more weight. I shrugged it off as part of getting old...but really, I was getting desperate because it was harder to breathe while bent forward, it was easier to pant with short bursts of exertion, and I was having symptoms of IBS and GERD.
When I started the change in diet/lifestyle, I finally was able to ditch processed foods at least for a week, which made me lose weight as fast as 1 pound per day. And I lost the cravings. And I lost those symptoms that I attributed to aging! Reading more books to learn how my body reacts to foods, I learned more about how traditional foods actually are the best for health, whether it involves fat, proteins or vegetables. The more we stick to natural, the better. Now isn't that common sense? Duh...And being Filipina, it was not hard at all for me...except for having to ditch bread and flour in my diet, because I grew up with them. My father had a bakery before.
I became a member/fan of several groups in fb who are into such kinds of traditional food (some are into paleo, some are into High-Fat, Low Carb Diet, some are gluten-free). One thing that many are having a hard time with is drinking a cup of broth prepared using chicken feet. I have the same problem with my family. So I switched on my creative mind, and used a different approach to feed my family the nutrients we get from chicken feet, without them really knowing about it. (Just like how I would sneak in liver pate into the fried rice or gravy).
Anyway, here's what I did:
First, I had about 1 pound of chicken breast tenders pre-salted and peppered. I drained them well.
Then I mixed 3 eggs and 1/2 cup cornstarch really thoroughly, then placed that in a bag with the chicken tenders to coat. Then I let the excess coating drain.
|draining excess coating|
|Pouring the sauce on top of the stir-fried chicken and veggies|