April 16, 2009

Thursday Recipe 1

Mushroom and Spinach Side Salad
4 Servings
This side dish makes four servings; it's perfect to keep in your fridge to add to stir-fries or pasta dishes. Use as many different mushrooms as you can find, especially the healthier varieties like shiitake, enoki and oyster mushrooms. The dried porcini or cepes really add a lot of flavor. You'll find them in little packages near the produce stands.

1/2 oz dried porcini or cepes mushrooms (optional)
2 tsbp quality extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb mixed, fresh mushrooms
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp herb and spice blend
2 cups organic baby spinach leaves

If you're using porcini mushrooms or cepes, put them in a dish with enough hot water to barely cover and let them soak for about 20 minutes. Wash and slice the fresh mushrooms and remove any tough stems.

In a large pan with a cover, heat the oil and sauté the mushrooms, including the soaked porcini and the soaking liquid. Stir well, cover and cook gently for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and herb blend, cover and cook for another 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Add the baby spinach leaves to the mushroom mix. Stir to wilt them briefly, and the dish is ready to serve, or to store in the fridge for later use. You may want to add salt and pepper to taste but most people find it's not necessary.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:
110 calories
7 g total fat (1 g sat)
0 mg cholesterol
10 g carbohydrate
3 g protein
2 g fiber
18 mg sodium

- Recipe reprinted with permission of DrWeil.com

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