Bok Choy and Shiitake Rice Pilaf
Pilafs are made by sautéing rice with vegetables and seasonings, then steaming the mixture in enough liquid for the grains to get tender without turning to mush. Button mushrooms can stand in for shiitakes; you can also replace bok choy with any quick-cooking vegetable (e.g., snow peas or zucchini).
1. Heat peanut oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and shallot; cook 5 minutes. Add ginger and five-spice powder; cook 30 seconds.
2. Add rice to skillet, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes, or until rice becomes translucent at the edges. Add edamame, soy sauce, and 1 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover pan, and simmer 12 minutes. Uncover, add bok choy, replace lid, and cook 5 to 7 minutes more, or until bok choy is wilted.
3. Sprinkle with green onions, sesame seeds, and sesame oil before serving.