Trying to decide what to make for dinner? These days it can feel a lot more challenging to take on the task of cooking for your family, especially if you are working from home, teaching from home, and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. By the end of your last Zoom meeting, you likely want to reach for your phone and order takeout. Don’t press that button—this Asian Mushroom Stir Fry recipe is the perfect way to get a quick, healthy, and delicious meal on the table without the added MSG.
This Asian mushroom recipe can be prepared from start to finish in the time it takes you to order takeout and have it delivered to your door. Right now, that is a lifesaver. You can even delegate some of the preparation to older children and teenagers, freeing you up to change the kids’ school space back into the family dining room. Having children take part in meal planning and preparation not only increases their willingness to try new foods; it also teaches them a valuable life lesson—how to feed themselves. This will be a valuable skill as they head off to college.
Having a go-to stir fry recipe makes menu planning easy. This mushroom stir fry is a versatile recipe that can be customized in a variety of ways. It allows you to switch up the ingredients and use it over and over. Easy! The recipe features an abundance of colorful vegetables that are heart-healthy and visually appealing. The mushrooms provide enough texture and flavor, allowing you to omit any animal-based protein. This makes it a budget-friendly and planet-friendly option you can feel good about.
Let’s take a deeper dive into this Asian Mushroom stir fry and see all the ways that you can incorporate vegetables, Asian mushrooms, and sauces to create a delicious and satisfying quick weeknight dinner for your family.
Customize Your Ingredient List
One of the great things about this Asian mushroom recipe is how versatile it is. You can easily customize it according to the likes and dislikes of your family. Just exchange a couple of ingredients, and you have a vegetarian take on Beef and Broccoli. Add some crushed red pepper or Thai chiles if you like a little more heat. The flavor combinations are endless.
Try Different Vegetables
This recipe calls for carrots and snow peas, but feel free to get creative and add baby bok choy or other favorites that lend themselves to stir fry cooking methods. Orange and red bell peppers can give you the same sweetness that the carrots in this recipe provide. I am always in favor of adding heat with Thai chili peppers or Tien Tsin Chinese peppers. Use sparingly—they are hot!
Mix Up Your Mushrooms
The shiitake and oyster mushrooms in this stir fry dish are not just delicious, they contain a variety of nutrients that your body craves. Adding these Asian mushrooms provides your body with phytonutrients and beta-glucans to support your immune system, offers a non-animal source of vitamin D, as well as a boost for the endocrine system. South Mill Champs portabella mushrooms can be an equally healthy and delicious mushroom option for this dish. Portabellas have a great meaty texture and an earthiness that make them a wonderful substitute for animal protein.
Use Rice or Try Asian Noodles
You can easily switch up the type of rice in this recipe. Simply adjust the water and cooking times according to the direction on the package. We are big fans of jasmine rice. This soft long-grain rice remains moist after cooking and has a subtle buttery sweet aroma. If you are looking for a lower energy density option, substitute brown rice and cook according to directions.
This Asian Mushroom Stir Fry is also delicious over rice noodles or Lo Mein noodles. If you are feeling adventurous, there is a whole world of Asian noodles out there to explore that are equally tasty.
Spice Up the Sauce
This soy-based stir fry sauce is perfect with the shitake and oyster mushrooms, adding depth to the umami flavor. You might want to trade the garlic for fresh ginger or add a bit of chili sauce to the dish if you change the vegetables.
Add a Crunchy Garnish
Toasted sesame seeds are a perfect topping for almost any Asian inspired dish. If you feel like trying something different, crumble a few SHROOMS Crispy Mushrooms on top before serving to give it a bit of a crunch.
Cooking Tips for Our Asian Mushroom Stir Fry
This Asian Mushroom recipe is also perfect for Meatless Monday. This vegetarian dish is full of flavor, and the shitake and oyster mushrooms provide a meaty texture that will make you forget you are eating a meatless meal. The Asian mushrooms provide a rich flavor profile that gives it the feel of a hearty meal that you’ve spent all day cooking. Consider it comfort food on the fly.
So, let’s get dinner on the table—here’s your new favorite easy weeknight recipe….