Mushrooms are available most of the year as they are grown on tree trunks, in a greenhouse or at home. But in nature they usually grow "after the rain". According to Chinese Medicine, mushrooms are a superfood, rich in complex carbohydrates (with medicinal activity), protein and minerals and are excellent for eliminating "excess" from the body (e.g. fats, cholesterol, sugar, etc.). Most of the mushrooms also have proven anti-cancer activity and calming abilities.
This recipe was crafted by a wonderful patient of mine who loves to create in the kitchen and it includes just 3 ingredients: mushrooms (of any kind), onion and pine nuts. In addition to mushrooms of any kind, the onion is excellent for lowering blood pressure and the pine nuts provide vitamins, minerals and healthy fat.
What's in it?
3 onions (2 red, 1 white)
2 baskets of mushrooms or a similar quantity in bulk (all kinds are possible, including "simple")
A handful of pine nuts
Spices: salt, pepper, nutmeg and fresh/dried thyme
Cut the onions into strips and sauté lightly with olive oil. It is recommended to add salt at the beginning (removes liquid from the onions and speeds up the process a little). Lower to medium heat and let the onions turn golden and even caramelize.
Add a little black pepper, nutmeg and fresh/dried thyme
Cut the mushrooms into slices
Increase the heat a little and add the mushrooms. When they're drained of liquids, add a little hot water. After a few minutes lower the heat and cover
In a pan, roast lightly a handful of pine nuts without oil until golden. Wait until they cool down (so they don't soften)
Serve the mushroom and onion dish topped with roasted pine nuts.
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