Recipe – Mushroom Delight

This is one of my favorite snacks.  I call it Mushroom Delight.

Here is my simple and tasty recipe.  It will feed two people well:
6 or 7 medium/small size portabella mushrooms
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil
1 sliced and quartered vine ripened tomato
Balsamic Vinegar

Cook the mushrooms in the olive oil for about 3-4 minutes and then add the chopped basil, sliced tomato, butter and the splash of Balsamic Vinegar.  Allow to cook for about another 5 minutes or until the mushroom consistency reaches your preference.
Serve on fresh french bread.
On a nutritional note, I rarely eat mushrooms but like to vary my diet from time to time.  While portabella mushrooms have quite a bit of protein by weight, the amino acid profile isn’t complete.

If you have not ever heard of the amino acid profile and the need to have complete proteins, I have a nice little analogy that sums it up rather well.  I read this in a nutrition text book once.  Anyway, if you need to spell the word Alabama and you are given the letters A,L, and B from a meal but not the M, then your body can’t finish the word.  Because it can’t spell Alabama, it doesn’t know what to do with the amino acids and discards the excess.  “Alabaa” just doesn’t register as well, I guess.

Anyway, portabella mushrooms have about 5 g of protein for every 121 g of mushrooms (that’s about 1 cup).  If you want to eat the mushrooms for their protein you need to couple them properly.  Unfortunately, this recipe does NOT complete the amino acid profile.  Of course, mushrooms also have a great deal of other benefits other than just their protein.

I think that livestrong.com summed up mushrooms many benefits quite nicely.

  • The selenium in portobello mushrooms operates in DNA repair in the body and also helps the body produce its own antioxidants.
  • The iron and copper in portobello mushrooms aid in hemoglobin synthesis, which is needed for the transportation of oxygen through the blood.
  • The high level of riboflavin in portobello mushrooms contributes to cellular energy production, and the pantothenic acid provided by these mushrooms aids adrenal gland function.
  • Zinc, also found at high levels in portobello mushrooms, plays a role in immune function, wound healing and cell division.
  • The consumption of niacin, found in high amounts in portobello mushrooms, has been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, explains World’s Healthiest Foods.

Mushrooms are also a good source of phytochemicals, which work as antioxidants in the body.

Do you need any more reasons to eat your mushrooms?  You’ve got a quick easy, and might I say, tasty, recipe and a number of reasons why they are oh-so good for you.  So, what are you waiting for?  (;

 

 

Nutritiondata.com (2012) http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/9170/2http://

Coila, B. “Portabella Mushroom Nutritional Value”. (2011) http://www.livestrong.com/article/279766-portobello-mushroom-nutritional-value/

 

 

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