Shroooooms! Baby bella mushrooms, that is, are one of my favorite vegetables. They are a great source of copper, vitamin B2, selenium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, and depending on whether or not they were exposed to sunlight, vitamin D. They are also very low in calories, but about 45% of these calories come from protein. To top it all off, they have been known to prevent cardiovascular disease and support the immune system.
Another fun fact: some mushrooms have been found to contain high values of vitamin B12. This is actually due to the bacteria growing on the outside; so depending on the bacteria growth, some with have a ton of B12 and others will have none.
The tastiest way to prepare them is sauteed in some fresh herbs and garlic. Fresh herbs offer some additional nutrition of their own.
Quick Sauteed Mushrooms:
1-2 cups of mushrooms sliced
3-4 sprigs of fresh herbs (anything like oregano, rosemary, dill, thyme, etc)
1 teaspoon of oil
2-3 teaspoons garlic
black pepper to taste
Luckily I have an herb garden in my backyard. so, i just grab a sprig of each: dill, rosemary, and thyme.
I toss it all in a pan that has been heated with a tiny bit of oil.
Today I decided to add in some rice vinegar, garlic powder, and edamame.
After about 7 or so minutes they are done! Served with a side of homemade seitan and dressed with a few drops of lemon juice, they make a high protein and nutrient dense meal. It is seriously one of the easiest side dishes to prepare, and fairly hard to mess up. Eaten off a nice plate, it looks fancy as hell.