Mark Bittman's Mushroom Stir-Fry

Mushrooms are a great addition to any vegetable stir-fry. This version from food journalist and author Mark Bittman has up to 6 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein per serving. Pair it with whole grains or brown rice for a satisfying meal.

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2 oz Dried mushrooms (preferably shiitakes)
2 cups Chopped broccoli florets and stems (in bite-size pieces)
3 tbsp Neutral oil (like peanut or vegetable oil)
2 tbsp Minced garlic
2 tbsp Minced fresh ginger
1 Large onion (halved and sliced)
1 lb Fresh mushrooms (button, cremini, shiitake — a variety is nice), sliced
2 Carrots (peeled and roughly chopped)
2 Celery ribs (roughly chopped)
1 tsp Cornstarch (optional)
2 tbsp Soy sauce
Salt (to taste) ( )
Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp Crushed red chili flakes (optional)
1/2 cup Chopped scallions

Soak the dried mushrooms in 3 cups very hot water until soft, anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Dried shiitake are much tougher than other varieties and should be soaked in boiled water. When they are tender, remove the mushrooms from the liquid with a slotted spoon, reserving the liquid and discarding the stems; slice or chop if the pieces are large.

Meanwhile, set a pot of water to boil for the broccoli. Cook the broccoli for 2 minutes in the boiling water, then drain.

Put a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat; add the oil and swirl it around, then add the garlic and ginger. Cook for 15 seconds; add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften and brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the fresh and soaked dried mushrooms, and allow them to cook down 2 or 3 minutes before adding the carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender but not at all mushy, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the broccoli after about 6 minutes of cooking.

If you’re using the cornstarch, dissolve it in the soy sauce; stir into the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the crushed red chili flakes if you’re using them, and pour in 3/4-cup of the mushroom-soaking liquid. Stir the mixture, and scrape the bottom of the pan, then turn off the heat; the liquid should be mostly absorbed. Sprinkle with the scallions.

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