Bok choy is popular in many Asian dishes and has made a noticeable entrance into Australian cooking, but did you know it can be a great substitute or addition to many of your other favourite dishes, too? We’ve put together a list of our favourite uses of bok choy.
Add them to any of your favourite dishes.
Bok choy is a delicious leafy green packed with nutrients that doesn’t demand a lot of attention. For that reason it’s a great addition to soups, purees, pies and rice dishes such as this mouth-watering thunder chicken recipe. Rinse, chop, drop. It’ll add colour, flavour, nutrients and crunch, easy as that. HelloFresh have some amazing recipes featuring Bok Choy if you’re ever looking for some inspiration.
As a celery substitute
While they love the idea of a low-calorie dip snack such as celery, many don’t like the taste nor the stringy quality of celery. It’s a love or hate vegetable, but that shouldn’t stand in the way of people enjoying dipping vegetables into hummus, tzatziki, or peanut butter. Simply swap the celery for bok choy stalks. Not only is bok choy less stringy and milder tasting, but it is also packed full of nutrients such as iron and calcium that your body will thank you for.
Make it your new favourite weekend snack
Like kale, and many other leafy greens, bok choy makes for great chips that are significantly healthier than their potato cousins. If you’ve already pulled the leafy green bits off to dip the stalk in hummus, why not toss them in some oil and chuck them in the oven with your favourite spices? If you treat them well, watch them so they don’t burn, and carefully shake them into a bowl, they’ll come out crispy, light and will crumble in your mouth.
Chuck it on the barbeque
If you’re having friends over and would like to impress with a nice spread that’s both meat-eater and vegetarian friendly alike, consider throwing some well-seasoned bok choy cleaved in half on the barbeque. In addition, you could consider some pumpkin, zucchini, and mushrooms on next to the sizzling meats for a quick and delicious spread that everyone will love. The bok choy will go tender in the middle, and crunchy-delicious along the leaves for a treat that’ll have everyone come back for seconds.
We hope you’ve been inspired to pick up the old trusty bok choy the next time you head to the supermarket. With this nutritional leafy green, the sky is the limit.