When I was growing up, ordering out for Chinese food was a tradition to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
But when I started eating clean and following more of a Paleo diet several years ago, it just didn’t have the same appeal anymore.
I vividly remember the LAST time I ate Chinese food because I got really sick after. (It’s common to have a negative response to not-so-healthy “comfort foods” when you’ve been eating clean for a while.)
So, that was it for me!
But I didn’t want to completely do away with the New Year’s Eve tradition to eat our favorite Chinese dishes— chicken and vegetable lo mein and General Tso’s chicken.
So in the last few years my boyfriend and I have done something even better and healthier to celebrate.
We started making our own Chinese food from scratch.
It’s something we look forward to every year because it’s an opportunity to do something fun together.
I’ll admit, it does take a bit of prep to cut all of the vegetables and chicken, but it’s SO worth it in the end.
We not only feel good ringing in the New Year because we’re eating healthy foods, but we don’t have to think about cooking for the next couple of days because we have plenty of leftovers to enjoy.
Here are two of my personal favorite homemade Paleo Chinese food recipes Paleo General Tso’s Chicken and Paleo Chicken and Vegetable Lo Mein:
Note: I used all organic ingredients to make these recipes. (I recommend buying organic foods and spices whenever possible to avoid funky food additives and other harmful chemicals.)