Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Karen Shinto

In Pinterest we trust, especially when it comes to our most popular recipes. Don't sleep on this dark horse because it's a winning veggie dish that you'll find yourself craving/making time and time again.

July 31, 2017

Where cauliflower crusts, healthy juices, stacks of pancakes, and avocado toasts abound, one veggie-centric stir fry shines above the rest. That’s right, our most popular recipe on Pinterest is not a canning hack, a quick bread, or a listicle of snacks to eat on-the-go—it’s none other than this bok choy and mushroom stir fry. While it’s understandable if you’re surprised that this seemingly random recipe is such a Pinterest powerhouse, it’s important to note that there is substantial reason for why this recipe sees all the digital visitors that it does. You definitely don’t want to be the last to know (although, with all the clicks that it gets time and time again, you might already be).

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If “bok choy” is a term that has never appeared in your search bar, allow us to introduce you to this highly underrated vegetable. This small Chinese cabbage can be eaten raw in salads, cooked into soups and stews, grilled, pickled, or added to stir fries (as seen this this particular recipe). With baby green leaves around a firm, white-ish bulb, this crucifer is just as versatile as it is healthy. If you can’t find this produce item at your local grocery store, seek out the closest Asian supermarket. When hearty, nutrient-dense greens come to mind, bok choy may not be the first intuitive thought, but take a word of advice from the wise users of Pinterest, and don’t sleep on this mighty veggie.

In this stir fry, trimmed leaves of baby bok choy are cooked in oil, garlic, and ginger for an aromatic, Asian-inspired flavor profile. Mushrooms are added, as well as a hit of rice wine vinegar for a touch of brightness. Finally, the veggies are finished with a drizzle of soy sauce and toasted sesame oil (it’s never failed us, and it probably never will). And that’s it...voilà! You just successfully made a veg-forward dish that is not as monotonous as a lifeless chopped salad and easily comes together in one skillet. Serve it with meat, fish, chicken, or tofu for a quick dinner, or make a big wok of it, and pack it for a heaping serving of veggies at lunch throughout the week. Either way, take a cue from our wise-beyond-their-years Pinterest users and understand the unbridled joy of a good bok choy stir fry.

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