A quicker and different cashew chicken then I have posted previously. Cashew chicken is one of my favorite meals to order when out, so I always love finding a healthier version to try and eat all week. This one did not disappoint either! But honestly, anything with cashews and I'm usually sold. Instead of sugar-free ketchup I used tomato paste, I omitted coconut sugar altogether (that is in the original recipe - link below), and after reading these Chinese Five Spice powder substitutes I decided to just purchase the spice. When I first started meal prepping I would never pick this recipe because there are a few ingredients that just aren't in your normal pantry. However, the more years of meal prep and education under my belt, the more all of these ingredients have become staples in my pantry. Do you only ever cook with one type of oil? It's time to get more variety of fats and flavor in your life! Do you typically use soy sauce? Did you know that soy is the number one genetically modified crop in the world? Coconut aminos is a great soy sauce alternative that is gluten free, and doesn't taste like coconut one bit! Anyways, I only point those couple things out because if I had read them earlier in my journey I would probably be more open to trying those newer ingredients faster then I did. Back to the recipe though... I couldn't find plain frozen cauliflower rice at the grocery store, so I used both Green Giant® Riced Veggies Cauliflower & Sweet Potato and Green Giant® Riced Veggies Cauliflower Medley, which actually turned out pretty good all mixed together. The chicken had plenty of extra sauce to throw over top the cauliflower rice, so I just heated it up with some more sesame oil to give more flavor and fat to the meal. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and will be looking forward to eating it all week!
Instant Pot Cashew Chicken
*Omit for Whole30. Optional substitutions include 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, or 1-2 medjool dates, pitted and pureed in a food processor with 1/4 cup water to help blend.
If sauce gets too thick, you can easily thin it back out again by adding a few tablespoons of water. Only do a few at a time until at your desired consistency.
Original recipe found here
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