tempura is bad, you say? deep fat fried food is bad? well, almost anything you cook using fat is bad in high amounts. the trick is to use moderation, or earn your dinner. and don't use butter or lard if you're trying to be healthy, for crying out loud! animal fat is loaded with saturated fat. canola oil is not. just make sure to pick a canola oil that works with high heat. is it still ok to eat the fried food? yes! for example, after a full day of doing laundry and cleaning your house from top to bottom, you've earned some tempura (go me!) enjoy a small serving with light steamed rice, and savor every single taste. a little fried food never killed anyone - especially if you stick to light and lean ingredients like tofu, vegetables, and lean meat. also make sure that your oil is nice and hot - the oil will then make a nice crust on the outside of the food, but the food won't soak up any of the oil.
crispy panko tempura:
panko bread crumbs
plenty of canola oil
sliced veggies, chicken, meat, or whatever your heart desires to be tempura'd!
deep cast iron skillet
hot and sour sauce:
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1-2 tsp flour
1 cup genesis today cranberry goji juice
1 tbsp soy sauce or bragg's liquid aminos
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp chili paste (or more, or less to taste)
finito! the sauce is fantastically tart, and hot enough to make your nose run but not enough to burn your lips. and if you don't want to use genesis today cranberry goji juice, you could substitute another cranberry juice, but i strongly recommend the goji - it has a wonderful earthy flavor and thickness that compliments the tempura oh so well.