Inspired by both my love for cooking and curiosity about how different ingredients can impact our skin’s health, I endeavoured to try yet another recipe that naturally contains skin-friendly components.This recipe seemed right up my alley, as it combines ingredients and cuisines that I personally love.
Below is a photo from the original recipe, which I followed the recipe pretty much exactly, except for the fact that, instead of tofu, I used a brand of vegan chicken popular in the UK. Both have individual benefits for the skin, which I shall illuminate further on in this article. If you want to view this recipe, and potentially explore more fabulous meals from this creator (trust me – every single dish on her feed looks mouth-watering!) visit @veganbunnychef on Instagram or via her blog.
So, how exactly do the ingredients of this dish benefit our skin? Below is a list of the protein and nutrient-packed components that make up this yummy meal, as listed in the original recipe…
1 16 oz extra firm tofu
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup corn-starch
High temperature resistant oil
Sesame seeds for garnishing
For the sauce -
1 1/2 large orange
2 tablespoon tamari/soy sauce
1 tablespoon coconut amino
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Gochujang
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
I chose to serve my dish with broccoli, just like the creator of the dish does in her recipe video. Broccoli adds antioxidants and Vitamin C for collagen production, whilst also containing a substance named “glucoraphanin” – this gets converted into sulforaphane by the body, promoting skin repair and skin health.
Even without the broccoli however, this recipe is crammed with ingredients that your skin will love! For example, this recipe uses fresh oranges, which famously contain Vitamins A and C, and garlic, which possesses antioxidant qualities.
In addition to this, the star of the original recipe, tofu, works wonders on our skin, as soy is high in both protein and calcium, as well as isoflavones which has been found to improve skin elasticity, water-holding capacity, pigmentation and vascularity.
As mentioned previously, I used a different protein (merely because it was what I had in the fridge at the time) – a plant-based chicken brand popular in the UK. This is fortified with vitamin B12 and iron, as well as being high in protein, and having a production process that has minimal impact on the environment.
I really can’t hype this recipe up enough! It has to be tasted to be believed.
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