Can I tell you a secret? You can make your favorite Chinese takeout meal without leaving your house OR paying for delivery. You can totally make it in your own kitchen with ingredients you probably have right now!
The best meal preps are the ones that mimic what we’d normally eat when ordering takeout. That’s why this General Tso’s meal is more than just delicious, it’s satisfying to the soul as well.
Here’s what you need to know about customizing this recipe:
- You can easily swap out chicken or tofu for shrimp, beef, tempeh and even chickpeas (I’ve tried it, it’s awesome). And if you’re plant-based but don’t like legumes or soy, try it with chopped cauliflower. No, cauliflower isn’t necessarily a protein element BUT it’s a filling vegetable that offers a nice texture to this dish.
- You can easily swap white rice out for a grain of your choice. Note that white rice has a better texture for meal preps than brown rice, but it totally works. Quinoa or cauliflower rice would work too!
- Want to get fancier than frozen mixed veggies? broccoli, snap peas, bok choy, baby corn, bell peppers, zucchini, chopped green beans and white mushrooms would all work well in this dish.
Let’s talk about the sauce.
The sauce is the star of the dish! Typically, General Tso’s is on the spicier side. If you don’t like spicy food or can’t handle a lot of heat, keep reading 🙂
For the sauce, you’re looking for a thick texture, but thin enough to toss your protein in. The easiest way to make the sauce is cooking it in a smaller saucepan (as the recipe is written) but if you’re feeling more confident you can pour the sauce into the pan with your cooked protein (after it’s cooked) and let it thicken in that pan to avoid dirtying another dish.
If your sauce isn’t getting thick, add more cornstarch.
If your sauce is too thick, add more water.
If you don’t love heat, add more sugar! (see the note next to sugar in the recipe for how much to add if you don’t like heat).
You’re going to love this recipe – I can’t wait for you to try it!
How to add more volume or double this recipe:
To double this recipe, simply double the ingredients.
To add more volume, start with the veggies. My go-to would be broccoli or snap peas, OR just add 1-2 extra cups of veggies in the recipe as it’s written. Then, consider increasing the rice or grain portion. Increasing the veg/rice portions to add more volume is easier and more cost-effective than increasing the protein, but that’s always an option too.
Storage & reheating notes:
This meal lasts for up to 4 days in the fridge. I don’t think it’s freezer-friendly. You can also save any extra sauce in the fridge for up to 6 days.
Reheat this General Tso’s meal in the microwave OR on the stove.
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