The other day when I mentioned I was craving mushrooms and bought some fresh shitakes, after eating a few handfuls raw and plain, I decided to marinate them and jazz them up.

Sweet & Sour 'Shrooms

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Sweet & Sour ‘Shrooms

1 c fresh mushrooms

1.5 tbsp ketchup

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp mustard

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp all purpose seasoning (i.e. Mrs. Dash blends, TJ’s 21 Salute Seasoning, etc.)

Stir all ingredients together, add the mushrooms, and allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Note: all measurements approximate and use what you have on hand.  Don’t buy anything just to use in a marinade.

Other marinade ideas and optional ad-in’s: salt, pepper, soy sauce, tamari, tahini, salad dressing, hummus, bbq sauce, maple, agave, ground or fresh ginger, wasabi, fresh or frozen vegetables.

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Ingredients needed to make Sweet & Sour 'Shrooms

Ingredients in white bowl

Add the Sweet & Sour Mushrooms to sandwiches and the meat lovers won’t miss the meat.  Scott actually had no idea what they were after I added sliced tomatoes, cucumber, sprouts, and cheese to his sandwich.   He thought they were “clams or some kind of seafood or fish with sauce”.  And he “hates” mushrooms.  Or so he thought.

Sweet & Sour 'Shrooms on bread with lettuce

Don’t forget the mustard, mayo, hummus, or whatever else you like on your sandwiches…

Close up of Sweet & Sour 'Shrooms on bread with lettuce

The whole “recipe” takes about 30 seconds to make.  Just wait a bit to let them marinate and the flavors to marry.  Sweet, sour, tangy, and a little spicy from the hot mustard I used and there was a nice chewiness to them.

Side of Sweet & Sour 'Shrooms on bread with lettuce

…Or add in extra veggies and pour the mixture over salads and the veggie lovers or non-sandwich eaters will be happy, too.

Sweet & Sour 'Shrooms in bowl with added vegetables

Green salad with vegetables on plate with fork

Add in some Sweet & Sour Honey Lemon Tofu, and you’re all set

Close up of Sweet & Sour Honey Lemon Tofu

From my last post about Cheese and Dairy, and whether you eat it or not, and why, thanks for the great comments!  Everyone’s perspective about whether they eat cheese or dairy was so different and it was awesome reading all the comments!  Life is not stagnant but is ever-changing, and re-evaluating what we choose to eat and what works for our bodies at various points in time on our life path just seems like common sense.  Seems like many of you have experimented with and without dairy in your life.

We all do what works for us.  For some of us that means no dairy, for others that means a diet that includes dairy.  To each her own and rather than getting bogged down or stressing out over food choices, I advocate doing what feels best and right to you, at that time, and not stressing over it.  Stress is far worse than anything, in my opinion.

And to everyone who mentioned it, yes Kerrygold is great cheese!  I know that because I used to eat it in my early 20s along with my wine.

And to everyone who asked what am I going to do with all of the cheese?  Make recipes with it, serve it to Scott and Skylar, maybe eat some myself (not sure) or maybe have a wine and cheese party for my friends.  You never know!

Dessert: Butterscotch Rice Krispy Treats with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Butterscotch Rice Krispy Treats
Cut Butterscotch Rice Krispy Treats with Vegan Chocolate Frosting
Close up of one Butterscotch Rice Krispy Treat with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

 

Questions:

1. I know I asked if you liked mushrooms recently, but feel free to tell me again if you like them?  Or not?

It’s a love ’em or hate ’em food, I think.

2. How do you like to eat mushrooms?  Any fun marinades or raw-ish cooking techniques?

I don’t want to drag out and then wash my sautee pan just to make quickie mushrooms so if you have ideas, let me know.

Plain and raw suits me but some people think that’s kind of weird or bland.  I don’t though.  Today’s mushrooms were far from bland!

3. Anything fun or exciting planned for you today or this week?

I have something fun that I am headed off to now…

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