Crispy Mandarin Orange Vegan Chick’n in 8 Minutes!

Here’s a delicious quick dinner that I just consumed only moments ago! It’s Crispy Mandarin Orange Vegan Chick’n with veggies served over a bed of organic brown rice. I got the rice at Trader Joe’s – 3 packs to a box – and popped one bag in the microwave for 3 minutes. Simultaneously, I simmered Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n in a little bit of almond oil and threw in a handful each of fresh kale, yellow squash and green beans. You can add whatever vegetables you’re in the mood for. (mini tip: if you’re adding leafy greens like kale, toss them in towards the end so that they keep their nutrients and vivid green color.) I usually add carrots too, but I was in a rush, because once again, I waited too long to start cooking. It was one of those nights where you have to eat in less than 10 minutes flat, or you swear you’re gonna fall over!

This particular Gardein item came with a delicious sweet & sour sauce pack which I added at the very end. If you add it too soon, it tends to evaporate and you wind up with very little sauce. I also added a few drops of Sriracha (hot sauce), a few splashes of soy sauce, a bit of pepper and Trader Joe’s 24 Spice Salute. Sauté until light brown, and voila! Another super delicious, healthy vegan meal 🙂 Yes, yes, I realize that I used a microwave and processed foods here, but sometimes you gotta have it quick! Tomorrow night, I’ll make sure to make time to create something healthy from scratch!

To find Gardein products, check out the vegetarian frozen food section of your favorite grocery store. Ralph’s carries them at around $3.50 a pack.

Or visit their website at or their facebook page, where they usually have a coupon!

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