by Grace Young
Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas with Shiitake Mushrooms
I am really taking to this whole stir-fry way of cooking. It's quick, easy, healthy, tasty and with minimal clean-up. Who could ask for more?
I absolutely love sugar snap peas; I eat them whole straight from the bag. They make for a great afternoon snack. Just in the last few years I have grown to actually like mushrooms. I used to avoid them like the plague. The shiitakes have a wonderfully earthy, smoky, rich flavor. They may be my favorite so far. The two of these together made for a very satisfying side-dish to the Soy-Ginger Grilled Steak I was serving for dinner.
Reading up on shiitakes they are quite nutritious and seem to have medicinal properties as well:
This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Selenium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Manganese. (This information taken from the nutritiondata.com website.)
Studies in animals have found antitumor, cholesterol-lowering, and virus-inhibiting effects in compounds in shiitake mushrooms. However, clinical studies are needed to determine whether these properties can help people with cancer and other diseases. It is reasonable to include shiitake mushrooms as part of a balanced diet. (This information taken from the cancer.org website.)
I am cooking through this great book along with the Wok Wednesdays on-line cooking group. We will not be posting this and future recipes from this book in order to help promote the publishing industry and to help keep books alive and thriving!
To get the recipe to make this wonderful vegetable dish, run over to your nearest bookstore and purchase Grace Young's book Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge. Also check out my fellow blogger's posts to see what they thought.
Succes meter (1-3): 3
I was not sure if my mushsrooms were safe to consume.
They had a fine white powder, mold-like on the surface.
What is mold? A type of fungi.
What are mushrooms? A type of fungi.
The undersides looked OK.
They smelled OK.
I'm alive and well to post this!
Must have been OK!
The mushrooms looked better after a good cleaning.
How do you know if a mushroom is not good?
I used them being that there was an expiration
date of a week out.
Chicken broth, rice wine and soy sauce.