If you are looking for some veggie inspiration, this recipe is for you! This tangy ginger sauce elevates the requisite vegetable accompaniment to a higher level than your typical side dish. The vegetables featured here are also a step above their more conventional siblings, broccoli and white mushrooms, offering an interesting twist that will be sure to please.
Broccolini is actually a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale. It has all the nutritional benefits of the cruciferous vegetable family, assisting with liver detoxification, hormone balance and cancer prevention. The texture and avour of this elegant hybrid also blends the best of all worlds, slightly sweet and peppery and the crowns remain crunchy even after cooking.
Shiitake mushrooms add a delightfully ‘meaty’ and earthy element to this dish. Shiitakes have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine for supporting the immune system. They are also high in B vitamins, which are key for “preparing the soil” for pre-conception, and supporting the adrenals for improved energy and hormone health.
Ginger is a warming, anti-inflammatory herb that eases nausea and assists digestion. The sesame seeds provide a nice contrast, and some added calcium and toasty crunch!
TIP: The sauce can be made ahead of time and doubled for future use to allow for super quick prep when you need an easy, tasty vegetable dish.
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp tamari
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch of fresh ginger, finely grated
1/2 tsp sriracha or crushed red pepper (optional)
1 Tbsp coconut or sesame oil
2 bunches broccolini, trimmed
2 cups shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed, cut in half
1 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Steam the broccolini until bright green and tender, about 5 minutes. Then cool down by rinsing under water and set aside to drain.
- Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat in a large pan.
- Add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes or until tender.
- Add the cooked broccolini, and cook for one minute.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the sauce, tossing the vegetables and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and season with salt and pepper as desired.
As published in EcoParent magazine: