Mushrooms are not only delicious, but many provide nutritional and health benefits as well. A respectable source of protein on their own, mushrooms provide all the essential amino acids when combined with grains. Low in fat and carbohydrates, mushrooms also deliver useful amounts of some B vitamins and trace minerals.
Healthy cooking methods include:
- In a pan - sauté in a bit of olive or grapeseed oil.
- Grilling - fresh shiitakes are delicious grilled and basted in a little teriyaki sauce. (Mix equal parts dry sherry or sake, one part reduced-sodium Japanese soy sauce, and one tablespoon of sugar for each cup of liquid.)
- On the stove - Asian methods, such as simmering mushrooms in broth or stir-frying them with vegetables, work very well.
It's important to thoroughly cook mushrooms since their cell walls are tough and the digestive system may have to work hard to get their full nutritional benefits. Heat will help eliminate that problem, as well as bring out the best flavors and textures.
Cooked Asian mushrooms occupy an entire row on my Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid. Here's some more information on my favorite types: Mushrooms for Good Health?