Hello lovelies! How do you be a vegan and still eat the things you love? Easy! Many moons ago when we still ate animals, lemon chicken was something we loved. In 1990 when we were exchange students we discovered a little Chinese restaurant called the Man Po. They served a lemon chicken that was my favourite dish. These days we don't eat our friends so lemon chicken doesn't sound like a meal, but I still crave that tangy slightly sweet sauce. Because what is it 9 times out of 10 that tastes so good on a meat dish? It's not the meat, is it? Nope. It's the sauce. Put that sauce on something else and you have yourself a cruelty free winner.
I searched for years trying to come up with the right combination. I was like the Goldilocks of sauces. Some were too sour. Others were too sweet. This lemon sauce is so delicious--it is just right. It tastes just like I remember the Man Po lemon chicken tasting (minus the chicken.)
We have tried this sauce on everything. Literally everything.
All the leftover veg in your fridge? Check.
Some combination of all of the above? Check.
Too tired to cook? Need something fast? Boil some potatoes in vegetable stock, saute some kale and any other finely chopped veg then throw in some chickpeas. Smother in lemon sauce. Boil some pasta, saute some finely chopped veg with some broccoli and chickpeas and cover in luscious lemon sauce. Both take about 10 to 15 minutes to make.
Luscious Lemon Sauce
1/2 cup vegetable stock
Juice and zest of one lemon
2 TB tamari/soy sauce
1 TB brown sugar (we use demerara)
1 TB starch for thickening (cornflour/cornstarch...I use tapioca starch)
2 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
Lots of pepper for a lemon pepper sauce (optional)
After you have cooked your food, pour in the sauce and increase the heat. It will thicken as it boils.
This has saved us on late nights after work when we are tired and hungry. Spiderman does the sauce while I do the rest and we have dinner on the table lickity-split.
And I do mean lickity. Mmmm.