Cooking Healthy with Mushrooms

In many parts of the world, including the U.S., spring and fall are times when you can find many people scouring the woods for wild mushrooms. It's an exciting time with each discovered mushroom considered a valued treasure. In fact mushrooms have been considered a treasure for many reasons in the Eastern cultures. Not only is it a mainstay in their diets, but also their medicine chest. Mushrooms have been the object of scientific research for many years and are considered to have valuable immune building and anti cancer properties. For more information on the nutrient and medicinal qualities of "The World's Healthiest Foods," mushrooms, just follow these links: crimini mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms.

Both of these mushrooms not only have tremendous health benefits, they happen to be very tasty and add great flavor to a variety of dishes. I try to incorporate them in my cooking as often as possible. It is easy these days to find dried shiitakes in most supermarkets. They have a stronger taste than fresh ones and can add extra flavor to your broth or sauces. I usually complement Asian style dishes with the shiitake mushrooms, while crimini mushrooms greatly enhance Italian or Mediterranean style dishes.

Following are some of our recipes you can try that are creative examples of incorporating these treasured mushrooms in your diet.

Braised Rosemary Chicken with Vegetables
Poached Eggs over Collard Greens & Shiitake Mushrooms
5 Spice Onion Soup
Shiitake Mushroom, Seaweed Soup
Stir-Fried Seafood with Asparagus
Asian Mushroom Saute

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