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Garlic and Ginger Bok Choy, Mushrooms, and Eggplant

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Last week I wrote about a cabbage stir fry I made with button mushrooms. Today the ingredients became even more asian. I incorporated chinese cabbage (bok choy), shiitake mushrooms, and japanese eggplants.

I love cooking with japanese eggplants and baby bok choy because their smaller size gives them so much more flavor!

Bok Choy fun facts:

  • One cup of bok choy gives you about 100% of your daily vitamin A needs, and about 66% of your daily vitamin C.
  • The word bok choy originated from the Chinese word for “soup spoon” because of the shape of its leaves.

Japanese Eggplants:

  • Uncooked eggplants may contain a toxin called solanine that inhibits calcium absorption.
  • Traditionally, raw eggplants have been used to treat scorpion bites and help those suffering from frostbite.

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1 japanese eggplant

5 baby bok choy

5 shiitake mushrooms

2 tsp minced ginger

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp tamari/soy sauce

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tsp oil

>>Sauté chopped scallion and ginger in oil. Add vegetables. Once browned add tamari, rice vinegar, and ginger. Serve over rice and top with sesame seeds and fresh scallions.

 

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Soy Ginger Quinoa Salad

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Have you ever watched the documentary Blackfish?

I decided to watch it last night after I heard about the new bill being proposed by a California state legislator. The bill would ultimately ban the captivity of Orcas, causing major disruption at Sea World.

I’m fairly good at watching documentaries. By this I mean I try to juxtapose and decontextualize the information presented. However, watching this documentary was eye opening. I was shocked and often times uncomfortable. Now that’s a documentary.

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If you’re interested in marine biology, politics, or enterprise corruption I would definitely suggest watching Blackfish. I’d love to hear what you all think of it!

I watched Blackfish while eating this Soy Ginger Quinoa Salad. I would highly suggest doing the same.

1/2 cup cooked quinoa [1 grain, 1 protein]

1/2 cup edamame [1 protein, 1 vegetable]

1/4 cup cucumber & carrot, chopped [1/2 vegetable]

1 small garlic clove, minced

1 tsp soy sauce/ tamari

1 tsp rice vinegar

1 tsp ginger, minced/chopped

>>Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Top with toasted sesame seeds.