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Chinese New Year Inspired GF Recipes Made Real Simple with San-J

by Pennie on February 2, 2014

Let’s get right the point – The Chinese New Year was this past Friday but celebrations continue to mid-February.  Celebrating or not, here are some delicious and healthy Asian inspired recipes that will make any family, friend get together or celebratory meal easy and having guests coming back for seconds…guilt free.

With San-J’s variety of gluten free sauces from Tamari and Thai Peanut to Szechuan and Teriyaki, there will be no shortage of easy to make, delicious meals for family and friends.

Inspired by San-J’s well-known gluten free Tamari and Asian Cooking Sauces, these recipes were created by culinary nutritionist, Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple, Amie Valpone. Specializing in clean eating and gluten-free nutrition, Amie created these three easy to prepare dishes in time for the holiday. Filled with fresh ingredients including kale and cranberries, they are a perfect way to spice up the New Year.

Recipes Ideas for a Healthy, Gluten Free Chinese New Year Celebration:


AsianGreenTeaBBQRice Asian Green Tea BBQ Wild Rice Recipe
Created by: Amie Valpone


12 ounces fresh cranberries
1 ½ cups brewed green tea, chilled
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 cup fresh kale, chopped
1 ½ cups wild rice
3 cups apple cider
2 large plum tomatoes, diced
2 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup soy nuts
1/4 cup San-J Asian BBQ Sauce
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped


Preheat oven to 350°F. Plump the cranberries in brewed green tea for 30 minutes. Drain cranberries and set aside; transfer liquid to a large pot over medium heat. Add onions; cook until translucent. Add kale, cook for another 4 minutes.

In a large sauce pot, bring the wild rice and apple cider to a boil. Transfer mixture to a deep baking dish. Add onion mixture; mix well to combine. Bake in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes or until the rice absorbs all liquid. Remove from oven.

In a large serving bowl, gently toss cooked wild rice with cranberries. Add plum tomatoes, celery, olive oil, soy nuts, San-J Asian BBQ Sauce and pepper. Garnish with cilantro.

Serves 4

SpicyPeanutBasilChickenSpicy Peanut Basil Chicken
Created by: Amie Valpone


1/2 cup San-J Thai Peanut Sauce
1/3 cup olive oil plus additional for brushing
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. cumin
Juice from 1 lime
1/2 tsp. lime zest
1 small sweet onion, sliced into ½ inch pieces
4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh marjoram, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
1 tsp. dried hot red-pepper flakes
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts


In a large bowl, combine San-J Thai Peanut Sauce, olive oil, garlic, cumin, lime juice, lime zest, onion, basil, marjoram, sea salt, pepper and red-pepper flakes; mix well to combine until mixture resembles a marinade. Transfer marinade to a large sealable bag. Add 4 chicken breasts, seal bag and marinate chicken in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Preheat oven to 450°F.

Line a baking dish with foil and brush with olive oil. Remove chicken from bags and place into prepared baking dish. Transfer marinade to a small pot; discard bags. Roast chicken in the oven for 15 minutes, flip breasts and rotate position of baking dish to ensure even baking. Bake for another 20 minutes or until chicken is golden brown and no longer pink inside.

Meanwhile, heat marinade over medium heat until boiling; simmer for 25 minutes. Remove chicken from oven; transfer to a serving platter. Discard foil.

Remove marinade from heat; drizzle over chicken; serve remaining marinade as a sauce on the side.

Serves 4

For Stir Fry lovers, here are a variety of simple dishes that will impress your guests (created by Carol Kicinski):

More about San J
San-J is a brewer of premium Tamari Soy Sauce, naturally brewed with 100% soy and no wheat, using traditional brewing methods that have been passed down for over 200 years.  All of San-J’s gluten-free products are certified gluten-free, kosher, and made with all natural ingredients and serve up a rich, authentic Asian taste.

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