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Sichuan Mushrooms with New Zealand Spinach

over Rice


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This mushroom and vegetable dish is easy to prepare and exciting to enjoy.


New Zealand spinach has slightly thicker leaves than regular spinach and has a richer innate salty taste that complements that of the mushroom. The Sichuan (Szechuan) pepper provides a counterpoint making this dish very refreshing.

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Get in Advance:


1 pound of mixed mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, shimeji, oyster, crimini, trumet, etc.)

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons of white rice wine - Sake

1 teaspoon of crushed Sichuan peppercorn

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Big bunch of New Zealand spinach


Have On Hand:

Basmati rice



(Modified to Esselstyn diet from


For 2 (generous) - 4 Portion. Prep time 40 min.


Cook Basmati Rice

In rice pot cook 1 cup of Basmati rice in 2 cups of water

Simmer for 25 min, remove lid at the end to evaporate excessive water

Prepare ingredients

Wash New Zealand spinach and discard thicker stems

Cut mushrooms into ½ inch pieces or half or quarter to similar size

Chop garlic cloves

Stewin ingredients

In deep skillet heat over medium heat

Add 1/4 cup of Sake

Add garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of Sichuan pepper

Stew for about 1 minutes

Stew New Zealand spinach

Add ½ cup of low-salt low-fat vegetable broth

Add mushrooms

Simmer with closed cover about 3-5 minutes until tender

Add 2 tablespoons of Saki

Add ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes

Stir and

Add New Zealand spinach

Turnover once so that spinach is covered with base and simmer covered

Stew for 2-3 minutes only as long as first spinach leave start to wilt. DO NOT overcook!

Ready to Serve

Serve with rice.



Starting to clean the New Zealand spinach

Discard thicker stems

Wash and cut the mushrooms

Sautéing the garlic and Sichan pepper

Adding the mushrooms


Partially wilted spinach



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By Klaus.


Repeated the recipe and it came out great again. What a great dish!





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By Klaus.


Shortened the time for stewing the New Zealand spinach.




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