• Yield: 4 servings

  • Time: 10 min prep, 10 min cooking, 20 min total

Portobello mushrooms have a meaty quality that makes them a healthy stand-in for the steak that you might expect to find in this kind of Chinese-style stir-fry. (But you can add some sliced steak, if you wish.) Broccolini is great for stir-frying because its thin stalks cook quickly. Don't confuse it with broccoli rabe, which it resembles -broccolini is much milder. This stir-fry also gets a non-Asian seasoning of thyme, which works beautifully with the other flavors.

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots

  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 10 ounces broccolini,thick bottoms trimmed, large stalks halved lengthwise

  • 2 large portobello mushroom caps, dark gills scraped out with a spoon, cut into 1/2-inch­ thick slices

  • 6 scallions (white and green parts),cut into 1/2-inch lengths

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds,toasted (see below)

  • Rice, for serving

1. In a small bowl, whisk the shallots, vinegar, oyster sauce,thyme, and 2 table­ spoons of the olive oil together.

2. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the remaining

1 tablespoon olive oil and swirl it to coat the cooking surface with olive oil. Add the broccolini and cook, stirring often, for about 2 minutes, or until it is bright green and beginning to char in spots. Stir in the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, for about 1 minute, or until they just begin to soften. Stir in the scallions, ginger, and garlic, add the shallot mixture, and stir for about 3 min­utes, or until the broccolini is tender. Stir in half of the sesame seeds.

3. Transfer to a large platter and sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds. Serve immediately, with the rice.

TOASTING SEEDS: It only takes a minute or two to toast seeds, and this easy step brings their oils to the surface and really pumps up their flavor. Heat a dry small skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the seeds and cook, stirring almost constantly, for about 1 minute (a little longer for pumpkin seeds), or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Transfer to a plate to cool.

*Omit the oyster sauce and substitute soy sauce for a vegetarian/vegan version of this dish.

Reprinted with permission from What's for Dinner?: Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life by Curtis Stone. Copyright © 2013 Ballantine Books.