Thursday, August 15, 2013

Peanut Free Hoisin Sauce and Honey Walnut Sauce


Hoisin sauce is a mainstay in Chinese cooking however for someone with stomach problems or peanut allergy, hoisin sauce is usually a big no no. The following recipe is a great alternative hoisin sauce that I created while we were strictly using the No Burn Healing Menu. It is easy to store in the refrigerator and you can substitute it in any traditional recipe that calls for Hoisin or use it to create your own stir fry. We also came up with this inexpensive alternative to Panda's Honey Walnut Shrimp. Walnuts are also healing to the stomach so it was a great menu item for us.

Peanut Free Hoisin Sauce

4 Tablespoons Organic Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Organic local Honey
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seed Butter or Almond Butter

Stir Soy Sauce and corn starch together in a bowl and set aside. Put remaining ingredients to a sauce pan and then whisk in soy sauce mixture. Bring up to low boil over medium heat and cook until smooth. Pour into canning jar and refrigerate any unused portion.

Honey Walnut Sauce

4 Tablespoons Organic Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoon Organic local Honey
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon corn starch
3/4 cup split walnuts

Stir Soy Sauce and corn starch together in a bowl, add oil, garlic and ginger. Saute whatever you are adding the sauce to in a frying pan, chicken, shrimp or veggies and then add your walnuts, when stir fry is cooked to crisp add sauce and cook until it thickens. When you add the sauce to the walnuts it will bubble up like baking soda but it will cook down quickly. We use this sauce quite often, sometimes substituting sesame seeds for walnuts.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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