Kung Pao Cricket

Ingredients:

stir fry:

-1 medium yellow onion (chopped larger pieces)

-3 medium carrots (chopped into rounds)

-1 large broccoli crown (chopped medium pieces)

-1 red bell pepper (chopped large pieces)

-1 cup snow peas (whole)

-1/2 cup cashews

-1 cup Evolution Ranch “Naked” crickets (unflavored whole dry roasted crickets)

-3Tbs coconut oil

sauce:

-1/2 cup cold water

-2 tsp arrowroot powder

-1 1/2 tsp sriracha hot sauce

-2 Tbs tamari or soy sauce

-1 Tbs rice vinegar

-1 tsp red wine vinegar

-1 1/2 tsp sesame oil

-2 tsp coconut sugar

-1/2 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

stir fry: In a wok or a large cast iron pan on the stove top at medium heat add the coconut oil and the chopped onion, stirring occasionally. When the onion begins to soften add the carrots. When the carrots begin to soften add the broccoli and the snow peas. When when the broccoli begins to soften add the red bell pepper, all the while stirring occasionally. Add the cashews when the veggies have a few minutes left. When the carrots are the right balance of firm/soft turn the heat to simmer.

sauce: While the veggies are stir frying, in a medium sized bowl, add cold water and then arrowroot powder. Use a whisk or fork to mix the arrowroot powder well (this will be what thickens the sauce). Once the arrowroot powder is mixed thoroughly, add all other ingredients.

combine: When the sauce is mixed in the bowl  and the veggies are done cooking and are now on simmer, add the crickets and the sauce to the fry pan/wok. Let simmer for 5 minutes occasionally stirring gently. In this time the sauce should thicken a bit and the crickets will absorb a little moisture and become a nice meaty texture.

Notes and Tips:

With the sauce peoples tastes may very, but there is a perfect balance between spicy, sweet, sour and salt. Taste the sauce when you’re done mixing it, before it’s added to the stir fry, and adjust the balance between these flavors as necessary.

This Kung Pao Cricket dish goes great with your preferred rice or other grain. Enjoy!

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