June 1, 2014

Asparagus and Mushroom Stir-Fry


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This simple, flavorful dish is a great side for any Asian-inspired meal. You can also turn it into a main course with tofu, tempeh, or other protein of your choice. Of course feel free to change it up using your own favorite stir-fry ingredients. Snow peas, onion, bell pepper, bok choy, broccoli, celery, bean sprouts, etc. are all awesome in this. I used two of my very favorites this time with asparagus and mushroom. The sauce is pretty thin, so if you'd like a thicker sauce add arrowroot, cornstarch, or other thickening agent (like in this Broccoli with Asian Garlic Sauce). Works great either way! The thin sauce works nice when serving with rice because the juices merge everything together. My husband and I both really love this dish. Hope you do too!



Vegan, gluten-free (with tamari)
Serves about 4 as a side

Ingredients
1 lb. asparagus
1 lb. mushrooms
2 Tbsp. sesame oil

{For the sauce}
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Optional: 1 Tbsp. cornstarch (for a thicker sauce)

Directions
Make the sauce: add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
Halve or quarter the mushrooms, and cut the asparagus into 1-2 inch pieces.
In a large skillet or wok over med-high heat, add 2 Tbsp. sesame oil.
When hot, carefully add the mushrooms and cook for about 2 minutes.
Add the asparagus. Stirring often, cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the sauce and cook for a couple more minutes, or until vegetables reach desired tenderness.
When serving, there will be sauce remaining in the pan that I like to spoon over the veggies (or rice/quinoa if you're using!)

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20 comments:

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    1. Thanks Nikki! Definitely very easy and still packed with flavor :)

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  2. Two of my favorite ingredients! The fact that it's so simple and has ingredients that I have at home anyways is a HUGE plus! yum!

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    1. Hi Vanessa! Ohhh I LOVE when I find a recipe and already have all the ingredients! Asparagus and mushrooms are two things I can never get enough of :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Yum! This looks so good! I usually roast my asparagus with lemon and garlic, but I get tired of doing the same ol' thing. This looks just as easy and delicious! I'm not a mushroom person, but I love your suggestion of using bok choy. I've been wanting to experiment with it, but I just don't know how to best use it. So this recipe will give me a great starting point. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Hi Nichole! Roasted asparagus with lemon and garlic sounds absolutely delightful :) You can definitely change out the mushrooms in this for something you enjoy! Hope you love it. Bok choy is also great in soup!!

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  4. This sounds delicious! I love asparagus, but ALWAYS roast it. Can't wait to try this recipe - sounds like dinner sometime this week.

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    1. Hi Lane! Yay, glad you're excited to try it!! Roasted asparagus is definitely amazing - hope you like it this way just as much! :)

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  5. Great recipe! I made this last week and it was so simple and yummy — very fresh tasting and not heavy at all. I was hoping for a bit more substance to the sauce, so I thickened it up with a little cornstarch roux. Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and tell you thanks and I'll definitely be making this again. Can I share this on my healthy eating website, HealthyLittleChanges.com? I'll give full credit and link to you, of course :)

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    1. Hi Lindsay! Aww, thanks for your sweet comment - so glad you enjoyed it! I do love a thicker sauce as well :) Of course feel free to share on your site - thanks so much!!

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  6. I love that your recipes are so simple and delicious! Perfect for a college student like me :)

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    1. Aww YAY!! Makes my day to hear you're enjoying the site and recipes :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a message - have a great weekend!

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    2. My daughter made this tonight and shared te recipe with me! Looks delicious and I'll be trying it soon! Check out my site too and share a recipe please @ www.theranchkitchen.com

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    3. Awesome Alise! Hope you love it! Wishing you a lovely weekend :)

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  7. Yummy, yumm, yumm, yummmm! Everyone loved this recipe!

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    1. Yay Staci!! Great to hear - thanks for the sweet comment! :)

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  8. I know I'm late to the party, but I wanted to say THANK YOU a thousand times over. I really struggle with sauces, and this was perfect. I made mine a combo of broccoli, mushrooms, and asparagus, and it is DELISH. Can't wait to experiment further!

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    1. Hi Alisa! Aww, wonderful to hear you enjoyed it! Adding broccoli is a great call :) Thanks so much for your kind words. It's an awesome recipe to play around with - have fun!!

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  9. I followed your recipe exactly...I served this with Grilled Chinese pork chops, and shrimp fried rice...All I can say is YUM!! My husband had seconds. This recipe is truly a keeper, Thank you so much for sharing

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    1. Hi Debbie! So glad both you and your husband enjoyed :) Hope you two have a great weekend!

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