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This delicious vegetable dish recipe and photos were shared with me by Karen
Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.
Karen says, "The spring snow peas are fabulous in late winter! We
have been enjoying them for a few weeks now. While I love stir-fried vegetables,
I dislike the mess it makes on my stove. So, I experimented with steaming them,
and then placing in ice water to stop the cooking process. This technique proved to be so
much better as it resulted in a faster cooking time. This dish is
great over rice, served with oven-roasted bone-in chicken breasts, or served
with coleslaw with fresh pineapple."
Stir-Fry Snow Peas with Broccoli and Mushrooms Recipe:
Yields: 2 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min
1 medium crown of
broccoli, cut into individual stalks (cut larger stalks in half)
2 to 3 handfuls of snow peas, dried ends cut off (if necessary)
4 medium-size Shitake mushrooms, rinsed and sliced to medium thickness
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoon dry Sherry
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons chili paste with garlic (I prefer Lan Chi)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Zest from 1 lemon
3 tablespoons Virgin Organic Coconut Oil*
2 handfuls of sweet grape
* Coconut Oil is
fatty oil or semisolid fat extracted from fresh coconut meat. It
will have a fresh, clean coconut smell and taste and should be
colorless. Throughout the world coconut oil is used for cooking,
beauty, and healing purposes. It is solid at room temperature.
You may use any cooking oils (of your choice) in this recipe, if desired.
Fill a large bowl with water and ice cubes; set aside.
Using a pan with a steamer basket, bring 3/4 to 1-inch of water
to a boil (water should not touch bottom of steamer basket). Place the prepared
broccoli stalks in the basket and place a lid on the pan. Reduce heat to medium
and let steam 3 minutes. Check broccoli, if it has turned a brilliant green,
remove and dunk into the bowl filled with water and ice cubes. When broccoli has
cooled, lift steam basket and broccoli from the water and let drain. Wrap cooked
broccoli in paper towels and roll up; set aside.
Repeat the same above procedure with the snow peas, but check
after 1 minute of steaming. The snow peas will turn a brilliant green and begin
to sweat. If they need a bit more steaming time, place lid back on the pan and
then check again in another 30 seconds. Wrap cooked snow peas in paper towels and roll up; set aside.
Steamed Broccoli Stalks
Steamed Snow Peas in Ice Water
At this point, cooked and wrapped broccoli and snow peas may be
placed in the refrigerator until you are ready to finish the stir fry process.
In a container with a good lid, add the soy sauce, sherry wine,
cornstarch, sugar, chile paste, sesame oil, and lemon zest. Shake well and set aside.
Using a heavy-bottom pan over medium-high heat, add the coconut
oil. When the coconut oil has melted, add the mushrooms and sauté until they are
a nice golden brown. Add steamed broccoli and sauté another 3 minutes. Add
steamed snow peas and continue to sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Do a taste
test (you want the veggies to be heated through but still remain crunchy). When
vegetables are to you liking, toss in the grape tomatoes, giving a few tosses
until the tomatoes are mixed in with the other vegetables.
Add the prepared soy sauce mixture (shake again) and toss well. Taste and add a little coarse sea salt, if needed.
Remove from heat and serve.
Makes 2 servings.