Since I mostly post sweet recipes, I wanted to share a very simple and versatile side dish I made this week: raw marinated mushrooms. I’m a big fan of dishes that improve, rather than get yucky, as the week goes on, and these ‘shrooms do exactly that. They continue to intensify in flavor, and get a bit softer but never get past a standard “cooked” texture. They’re quick and easy to make; the bulk of the work lies in chopping them, which if you wanted you could actually avoid. Keeping them whole would yield less flavor throughout, but a firmer texture. I happen to like the texture of cooked mushrooms, and really enjoyed how indistinguishable these were from their cooked counterparts. This was definitely a just-throw-stuff-in-a-bowl-to-taste recipe more so than a specific-amounts one, and I honestly doubt you could make them in a way that tastes bad! They are so yummy, there isn’t even any need to add salt.
Easy Raw Marinated Mushrooms:
2 lbs button and/or cremini mushrooms, chopped into 1/4s or 1/8s depending on size
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 sprigs fresh thyme, picked
2 tbls dried dill
3 parts balsamic vinegar to each 1 part cold-pressed olive oil (use cider vinegar for a 100% raw dish)
lots of fresh cracked black pepper
Chop mushrooms and place in a big bowl. Add garlic and herbs, then pour vinegar about 1/4 cup at a time until you reach a point of saturation. Once the mushrooms won’t absorb any more vinegar, pour on a fraction as much olive oil. Doing it this way helps ensure the mushrooms absorbed vinegar, not oil, so all you need of oil is what you’ll be tasting, rather than them absorbing a bunch of extra oil.
These can be eaten as is, as a topping for a protein or grain, or added to a salad to act as both dressing and condiment. I made a snack of them on bell peppers with an oatmeal-based cheddar spread, which was a delicious mostly-raw lunch.
Health Note: I’m on week four of Dr. Terry Wahls’ “Minding Your Mitochondria” diet, and though it is far different than my standard way of eating, I’m noticing numerous physical benefits of it. Part of the diet is to eat three cups daily of sulphur rich veggies. Most vegetables that fall into that category are cruciferous, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. While those are very good for you, they’re hard on your thyroid (and mine is already ruined), and you should eat them cooked. This dish is a perfect way to get in your daily allotment of sulphur rich veggies while upping your raw foods intake. Mushrooms are also full of C and B Vitamins, making them an excellent immune booster.