As it turns out I don't know where they come from... so to keep up with my three year old... I had to do some research. According to wikipedia - Sesame seeds come from this plant:
According to wikipedia - last year the country that produced the most sesame seeds was Burma.
Hmmm. Easing brutal military rule, letting one of the most renowned human rights activists out of jail, and taking over the Sesame Seed market... big year for Burma! (that's right... in my real life I am a history teacher... it just crept in here).
Thanks, D, for the tangent!
So. I found some organic, whole wheat, Lo Mein at Big Lots (ick) - so that is why I made Lo Mein. So here you have it! It was a big hit.
Small side note - because the recipe included honey, and we use unprocessed, local honey, Dylan would remind you that E cannot have it.
I left him a serving (ok a huge serving) plain.
He loved it even without all the fanciness.
Sesame Chicken Lo Mein
1 Package of Organic, Whole Wheat Lo Mein
1 pound of Organic Chicken Thighs (any boneless cut would work - this is just what we happened to have out of the freezer)
1/2 cup Organic Unbleached Flour
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I'm still Italian, even if the recipe is not)
1/2 cup of Reduced Sodium Organic Soy Sauce (if I had to pick between organic and reduced sodium, I would pick organic, half the amount and add water to make up the rest... don't get me started on CONVENTIONAL, GMO LADEN, SOY.)
1/4 cup of local yummy honey
1 Tbs of Organic Ginger (fresh would be better, but I didn't have any) plus 1 tsp
1 tsp of Sesame Oil (a little goes a long way)
1 tsp of Organic Garlic Powder
1 Cup of Organic Home Made Chicken Stock (click here for my recipe)
3 Organic Carrots
1 Cup of Grated Organic Zucchini (we still have some from the garden this summer in the freezer!)
1 Cup of Organic Spinach (ours was frozen - but fresh would be better - just chop it up)
Organic Corn starch
Organic Sesame Seeds for sprinkling!
Chop up the chicken into small pieces (maybe 1/4 inch or 1/2 an inch). Dredge in the flour and 1 tsp of powdered ginger. Go around the pan with your olive oil a few times and heat it up to medium high heat. Put half of your floured chicken in and brown. It doesn't have to be cooked all the way through because you're going to cook it again in the sauce.
While that's going boil some water for your lo mein.
Take the chicken out and set aside, more olive oil around the pain, second batch of chicken in!
While the chicken is cooking let's make the sauce! Mix soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic powder, sesame oil, and chicken stock together with a whisk.
Remove chicken from pan and put carrots in. When they are semi-soft add the zucchini and spinach. Cook until soft and add in sauce. Put chicken into sauce. The sauce should thicken. If you want a thicker sauce mix some corn starch with a little bit of cold stock and combine with sauce.
Cook lo mein according to the package (but a minute or two short of finished). When almost finished drain and toss with sauce until finished.
Serve topped with sesame seeds :)
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