Friday, January 25, 2013

Healthy Vegan Friday: Balsamic Shiitakes & Kale

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by.  Today is my link-up to Healthy Vegan Fridays and I'm sharing last night's dinner.

I've been craving mushrooms lately.  Probably because it's cold outside and they're a hearty addition to meals.  Plus, they're delicious.  I especially love the shiitake right now with it's robust flavor and chewy texture.  Seems like I'm eating them about every other night.  Last night I paired them with some crimini mushrooms, kale, and balsamic vinegar.  It was good!

Dr. Fuhrman has reported that mushrooms have immune enhancing and cancer fighting properties.  They're also included in his list of G-BOMBS (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, seeds).  I've been working on adding more of these health promoting foods to my diet.  It hasn't been hard since they're all things that I enjoy. 

Balsamic Shiitakes & Kale

2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms
1 bunch curly kale, washed, stem removed, and torn into 2-3 inch pieces
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Use a large frying pan.  Saute the mushrooms over medium heat in water or a few tablespoons of olive oil until tender.  Add the kale and balsamic.  Cover and let steam for about 5 minutes or until the kale starts to turn bright green.  Remove the lid and stir, cooking for another minute of two until the kale is tender. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.

I served mine with black beans and quinoa.  I thought it was a pretty tasty combo.  And since it's HVF I thought I'd mention that I'm still having my warm lemon ginger water and green smoothie every day.

Yep, the smoothies still look like swamp mud thanks to my love for spirulina.  But I promise they taste great.  I don't drink smoothies just for nutrition.  They have please my taste buds too. 

This weekend is going to be full of homework, mostly paper writing and coming up with a study plan for my midterms.  Happy Friday :)


  1. Wow! Super healthy vegan Friday! Very inspiring.

  2. This is a seriously beautiful and perfect meal. Definitely a healthy meal to aspire to! I think it's a perfect combination and so well balanced. I've never heard of the G-BOMBS thing before, I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the info!

    1. Thank you! Dr. Furhman has been inspiring my meals lately.

  3. I looove shiitakes; they must be great with balsamic vinegar. I really don't use that stuff enough. And Ha, I love the term G-bombs!

    1. Me too about the shiitakes and they are great with balsamic. gbombs :P

  4. I've been craving kale. It's so good paired with mushrooms. Yum!

    1. I agree! Kale + mushrooms = a perfect match

  5. I've been craving mushrooms too!! Yum! And smoothies! :) everything looks delicious!

  6. That G-BOMBS concept it news to me. Very interesting stuff - I guess I realised all the rest were pretty healthy, but didn't realise there were all those supplementary benefits to the mushies too. I do love shiitakes though, so any encouragement to eat more is welcome over here! I like the black beans quinoa up there too.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Joey. The g-bombs concept is new to me too, but I'm really enjoying it. I love all of those things. Especially the mushrooms :)

  7. Damn right mushrooms are delicious! I've been enjoying working with them lots at school. :) Also mushrooms + salt + balsamic is one of my favorite combos ever, especially if it's really really yummy balsamic. And I heart swampy smoothies. :) Good luck with all your schoolwork!

  8. Swamp mud. LOVE! And I just put mushrooms on the shopping list. Thanks for the recipe!

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