[Number] Healthy Ways to Prepare Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are a healthy, filling and satisfying ingredient that can help bulk up any meal without adding a lot of fat and calories. These particular mushrooms are an excellent source of iron, vitamin C and fiber. They also provide a decent amount of protein which helps to keep you feel full and satisfied between meals. It’s easy to create meals using shiitake mushrooms while adding rich and hearty flavors to the food. A little imagination is all it takes to come up with new, exciting meals the entire family will love.

Fettuccine

Serving a shiitake mushroom sauce over fettuccine makes for a rich meal that will fill you up and keep you going through the rest of the day. It’s an easy meal to make and leftovers can be frozen for a later time. Simply throw the mushrooms, garlic, onions, fresh rosemary and basil in a food processor, chop all the ingredients up and then dump them into a medium sized sauce pan. Add a cup of broth and about four slices of chopped bacon to the pot then simmer for about ten minutes, or until the fettuccine is cooked thoroughly. Toss the pasta in the sauce, serve with a fresh salad and enjoy!

Potato Casserole

This hardy dish is full of flavor and usually ends up being a favorite with the kids, which means it’s a great way to get them to eat their vegetables. Just slice some potatoes and shiitake mushrooms up and layer them between a cheese sauce and other vegetables of your choice. Bake the casserole in the oven for about 30 minutes and you have yourself a fresh, healthy yet comforting meal to share with friends or family.

Stir Fry

Making a stir fry is an easy way to use up any vegetables and grains that are sitting around. For example, you might choose to use spelt berries as the stir fry base instead of pasta or rice, because it’s what you happen to have handy. There is no right or wrong way to create a stir fry as long as it tastes good. Since shiitake mushrooms go so well with shoyu sauce, they make a perfect centerpiece for stir fry meals. They can even replace the chicken, beef or fish to make an even lighter and healthier meal. For an authentic spin on the dish, consider using sesame or fish oil to sauté the veggies in.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Consider stuffing big portabella mushrooms with ingredients like carrots, bok choy, brown rice, celery, garlic, teriyaki or soy sauce and chopped up shiitake mushrooms. You can bake them or even throw them on the grill during a weekend barbeque. These make excellent alternatives to fattier hamburgers or hot dogs, they’re filling and they are fun to eat. Lots of different ingredients can be added to this dish, so it can be catered to the specific needs of anyone without losing its appeal.

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