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I make simple food with easy recipes and I like to try new things. My family and friends love my cooking and always ask me to share, with them, what I know about food, flavor, and technique.

I'm not a professional chef and I've had no formal culinary training. What I know and do in the kitchen comes from three women...Nana, Grandma Della, and Rose, my mom. Each one of them knew more about putting a meal on the table than any fancy chef in a white hat. They were the ultimate Balaboostas.

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Sauteed Baby Bok Choy with Garlic Chips

Bok Choy is a dark, leafy green vegetable with white stems. It has a mild flavor similar to spinach or Swiss chard. There are many varieties of this Asian member of the cabbage family. I prefer the “baby” variety because it is more tender than the mature version.

Typically, we see bok choy used in Chinese food because it pairs well will soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. Have you ever thought of using individual bok choy leaves on a crudite platter? The firm stem makes for easy dipping. I like to use it with hummus as a healthy alternative to pita.

Whether you steam it, sauté it, or eat it raw bok choy tastes great and is good for you.

Ingredients...
  • Baby Bok Choy, one hand full per person, washed and dried. (Cut the flowers in half or even quarters, depending on their size. You want to create bite size pieces.)
  • Finely sliced Garlic, I use a lot.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Here's how you do it...
  1. Heat pan to medium on your stove top.
  2. Add the Olive Oil.
  3. Add the finely sliced garlic and toss.
  4. Continue cooking and stirring for 2 to3 minutes or until garlic starts to get golden edges.
  5. Add the Bok Choy and toss.
  6. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. (You can turn the heat down to low and cover the pan or wok to speed up the cooking process)
  7. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve and enjoy!

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