Sesame rice

This rice accompaniment can be kept quite simple, or it can become more substantial with the addition of other ingredients such as chopped scallion, minced green or red bell peppers, or other vegetables such as cut asparagus. Sliced or slivered almonds can replace the sesame seeds.


1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups cooked rice (brown, white, basmati, or wild rice)
½ cup frozen baby peas
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon dark (Asian) sesame oil
Dash of ground white pepper, or to taste

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the rice and remaining ingredients. Heat, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

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