Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
2 cups of leftover cooked rice
1 packet Portobello mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 cup frozen peas
¼ cup water
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
2 tsp. Cornstarch
1 tsp. Honey
- Combine all sauce ingredients in small non-metal bowl and mix well. Set aside.
- Using a small metal spoon, scrape the underside of mushroom caps to remove dark gills and stems. Gently peel off the “skin” from the top of the mushrooms before slicing into strips.
- Spray a large non-stick frying pan with non-stick cooking spray or place a small amount of cooking oil to cover the base of the pan when hot. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic; cook for 3 minutes while stirring.
- Add broccoli and 1/4 cup water; cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add sauce; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbly and thickened. Mix in the rice, or serve over rice if preferred.
To be fair, I think this is going to become a once-a-week meal for us. It’s such a good way to use up leftover vegetables and rice, it was so quick – and we ate the lot. If you think about it – you’re also cutting down on costs because that’s four meals a month you don’t have to pay for. It gets the thumbs-up from me.
Fresh mushrooms are a low density energy food (low in calories and fat) which means that one can enjoy larger, more satisfying portions and still lose weight! Here’s a great example: a whole punnet of mushrooms (i.e. 250gms) contains only 50 calories whilst a measly 120gm of high density red meat (high in calories and fat) contains 340 calories! Quite scary when you think that most men can eat a 500gm steak and think nothing of it (until the next morning of course!)
Mmmm – this was nice. It wasn’t as mouth-wateringly wonderful as the Burgers or Pasta – but we were all hungry, cold and tired, and so this worked perfectly. I am not a great fan of vegetables (I far prefer eating salad) but it’s definitely better than eating broccoli on its own. And I loved the sauce. I didn’t miss having meat or chicken at all – but if we had any leftover, it would be very easy to add. And Kayla was pretty happy because it had rice. I think the honey also took away some of the saltiness of the soy sauce, which makes it perfect for kids. (Steve also chopped the broccoli quite finely because Kayla’s not mad about it either!) She is getting quite used to this new way of eating – we’ve had no mushroom-related complaints the whole week! She was even eating raw mushrooms as Stephen sliced them!!
Oh, and I lost 1kg this week!
I just wanted rice on it’s own but Daddy said no. I don’t like the green bits but Mommy said they were chopped dinosaur ears so I ate some of them.