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I’ve got an admission to make: Hayley and I LOVE cheap Chinese food. Whether it be after church for Sunday lunch or take out on a Friday night in one of us is usually up for cheap Chinese.
Part of why we love cheap Chinese food so much is because of how quick and easy it is. If we sit there the food usually arrives in 10-minutes and if we take it out it’s literally a phone call away. It’s dangerous.
If I ate Chinese as often as I craved it my body would be in some serious trouble. So, rather than settling for the MSG filled take out, we often create quick and simple versions of (more healthy, less MSG) Asian cuisine at home.
Don’t feel intimidated by this! Cooking with Asian flavors is actually SO simple because the flavors really do speak for themselves. Commonly used profiles and ingredients like, ginger, garlic, soy, orange, sesame, and shallots allow for even a novice cook to create an incredibly pleasing dish.
We often pair this dish with an Asian inspired protein like Honey Baked Salmon or a grilled Korean pork chop (yum Sriracha!).
So, the next time your Chinese craving strikes don’t pick up the phone to dial in a #4, rather change it up and whip up this recipe. It’s healthy, simple and a one-pot dish!
Sesame Shiitake Mushrooms and Asparagus
- Large, 12" Skillet
- 1 lb Shiitaké Mushrooms Sliced into 1" strips
- 2 lb Asparagus Sliced into 1" pieces
- 2 cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 Shallot Minced
- 1 tbsp Ginger Minced
- 1 tbsp Everything Bagel Seasoning (or sesame seeds)
- 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
- Trim off the mushroom stems and wipe the caps of the mushrooms with a damp paper towel to clean them. Slice the mushrooms into 1" strips. Set aside.
- Cut thick bottoms of asparagus and discard. Slice remaining asparagus into 1" pieces. Combine with mushrooms.
- Prepare garlic, ginger and scallions. Mince the garlic, peel and grate or mince the ginger and mince the scallions. Set aside for use mid-way through cooking.
- Heat the sesame oil in skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and the asparagus, season with salt and pepper and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and scallions and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until the mushrooms are tender, garlic is brown and the asparagus is crisp, bright green and tender. Drizzle over the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil and toss well. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle over the Everything Bagel Seasoning or sesame seeds.