I love mushroom soup, and hubby brought home some gorgeous oyster mushrooms from the farmers' market, so I created this recipe
1 T butter
160g of oyster mushrooms diced (I would guess about 2 cups, before dicing)
40g of scallion, sliced thinly (2 large scallions, whites and 2/3 of the greens)
60g of unflavored whey protein isolate (90% protein)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup, condensed
2.5 cups of water
seasonings (dried garlic, dash of fish sauce, dash of balsamic vinegar, and pinch of splenda, and salt).
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, I melted the butter and added the scallions, and let them saute a bit until they soften. Then add the finely diced mushroom, and the seasonings (except for the splenda) along with 1/2 cup of the water and let the mushrooms simmer until the onions and mushrooms are tender (maybe 5 minutes or so).
Then I stirred in the cream of mushroom, and stired the whey powder into the mixture (this will be quite thick, because the rest of the water hasn't been added yet). Adding the whey slowly (and before adding water) and stirring constantly with a large non-stick spoon or whisk will help prevent the whey powder from clumping.
Then gradually stir/whisk in the remaining 2 cups of water, and stir frequently until the soup is hot/starting to bubble.
Taste the soup and add salt/pepper or other seasonings as desired (I had to add about 3/4 if a tsp of Splenda to balance the flavors, but I think I could have done without if I'd used a smidge less balsamic vinegar).
Warning: Don't leave the soup on the stove to simmer or cook at too high a temperature or the whey protein will start to seperate/curdle (it will still taste good, but you'll have what looks like mushroom studded pudding or porridge rather than soup. Tastey, but weird looking, sort of like grey cream of wheat).
Per my calculations
the whole batch
Divided into 4 equal servings (about 1 cup each)
And for exchange plans
The flavor was very good, though next time, I might try less or no butter and more whey protein (or some tvp). I also could have added more water, because the soup was very thick and rich.