MUSHROOMS! They are not plants but specifically members of the fungi family and are more closely related to animals and humans with their unique composition. Mushrooms get their nutrition from organic matter, unlike plants that produce their food through photosynthesis. And, like humans, they need food, water, and oxygen to survive. Another fun note is that fungi are the most significant forms of life on earth that can grow and expand for miles, underground, in search of food.
There are so many varieties available and, I recommend using a combination of at least 3 different types of mushrooms with this recipe.
Mushrooms also provide antioxidants and nutrients that may contribute to heart health and protect the body from certain cancers.
These mushrooms are excellent served with freshly made garlic toasts but are also great stuffed into a pita pocket and topped with a dash of vegan parmesan or tzatziki.
Asparagus can be cooked so many different ways and take on numerous flavor combinations. It can be eaten fresh or grilled, steamed, broiled, baked, and even fried.
Nutritionally, asparagus is low in calories and high in Vitamins A, C, K, and E. It is considered a heart-healthy vegetable and aids in blood clotting due to its high K content.
This recipe can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. If the salad seems dry, try sprinkling it with a little extra lemon juice, vinegar and a small amount of sesame oil.
Cauliflower! An absolutely amazing vegetable that is versatile as your imagination. This wonderful nightshade veggie (is great for gut health and provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.) You can grill it, bake it, mash it, fry it, and boil it! Additionally, cauliflower is a great source of cell-supporting folate, vitamins C & K. It is fat-free and cholesterol free and also low in sodium. What’s not to love about cauliflower?
This recipe comes together relatively easily and takes about 50 minutes of total cooking time plus about 10 extra minutes for prep. You can definitely eat this all by itself as a main dish or as a side.