If you've never enhanced a pasta sauce with the liquid you cooked the pasta in, I highly recommend that you do so tonight. While the pasta boils, the water becomes starchy and flavorful. When tossed with cooked pasta, vegetables, and seasonings, the water clings to the pasta forming a creamy texture. In addition to the cooking liquid, this particular pasta dish is dressed up with mushrooms, basil, and lemon zest. To get the simple-yet-divine recipe, read more
Shiitake Mushrooms, aside from the phrase being my new favorite expletive substitute (it is up there with dang and crud), are fast becoming known as a new super food. Since they have been used medicinally in Asia for over 6,000 years, I'd really have to admit their status as a super food is "new" to me. And possibly you, too?
Did you know that they contain protein? I, for one had no idea that 8 ounces of shiitakes contain almost 5 grams of protein. Although mushrooms are often treated like veggies, they are a fungus and have no roots, leaves, flowers or seeds. Shiitakes contain lentinan and L-ergothioneine. If you have never heard of those substances before, neither had I, since they don't come up all that often in casual conversation. Lentinan helps bolster the immune system, strengthening its ability to fight infection and disease. That is why this compound is being researched for its ability to fight cancer and AIDS. Some researches think it might even help with allergies. L-ergothioneine is a powerful antioxidant, which fortunately is not destroyed when the mushrooms are cooked.
Shiitakes make a great addition to stir-fries. I enjoy them sautéed with asparagus and ginger. Or you might enjoy them, like YumSugar does, on a mushroom pizza. Since these mushrooms are becoming increasingly popular, they are easy to find in most grocery stores. If you can't find them there, you should try an Asian market.
Learn to love them - they are good for you and tasty!!!
I must have passed by those wrinkly, dirty looking mushrooms a million times while perusing through the produce.
Don't let their funky appearance steer you away. Mushrooms such as shiitake, maitake, turkey tail, and reishi build your immunity. They also support cardiovascular health and show promise in lowering the risk of and possibly treating cancer.
But they're not a one shot miracle worker. In order to be most effective, you need to take them daily. You can find multiple-mushroom supplements at most health food stores.
You can also use shiitake and maitake mushrooms (fresh or dried) in soups and stir-fries for your healthy dose of immune-boost. Or grind it and steep it in tea.
Fit's Tips: Keep your medicinal mushrooms straight with this poster.