Two weeks ago, Eat More Produce had organic, local bok choy for $1.49/lb. I had seen box choy before, but this stuff was the most beautiful I'd ever seen. There were no holes in the leaves or anything. I bought it and added it to our menu. We had it when Paul's mom was in town. I must say, it was so good I ate more than I should have. I was very full. Luckily, we left enough for Paul to take to work the following day.
I chose this online recipe because I didn't have all the ingredients, like Sesame Oil for most of the recipes. And since this was our first time making bok choy at home, I wanted to make sure we didn't have issues disliking it because of substitutions. I skipped the garlic powder, but now am not sure why. I think it could have still added to the bok choy, but I'm just as happy how we ate it. And just for a touch added flavor and since I didn't know how much the bok choy would cook down, I sauteed a little onion ahead of time, too.
Another unusual step I made was serving the bok choy over quinoa instead of rice as you would expect normal Asian dishes to have. This was for two reasons. I already had the quinoa cooked. And I wanted to up the food value to higher protein and fiber. It was to prove to myself that rice doesn't have to be your accompaniment. Naturally, the extra crunchiness of the quinoa and the nutty flavor went well with the bok choy.
I read on a comment to the recipe that after using it someone wanted to grow bok choy. Well, we don't quite have the space for it, but I will certainly keep my eye out for when it gets cheaper.
While not really high in fiber, bok choy is high in calcium, which is a great food for those allergic to dairy as calcium is a bone-builder. Do yourself a favor and explore with a bright green, leafy vegetable. Then let me know what you think. (And don't forget to use a gluten-free soy sauce if necessary.)
Cost to Make Garlic Bok Choy over Quinoa
- $1.00 Quinoa (Costco)
- $2.00 Box Choy (Eat More Produce)
- Garlic (Aldi)
- Free Red Pepper (Gift from Italy)
- $0.15 Soy Sauce (Publix)
- $0.10 Olive Oil (Publix)
- $0.25 Onion (Publix)
- $3.50 Total for 3 meals. Especially for an organic and local product, I'm impressed with that price!