Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Oyster Mushroom Quinoa


It came in a box. We peeled back the perforated panel and cut slits into the plastic liner, just like they said. We removed the inner block, scraped through the paste, and immersed the particle wood face down in a bowl of water to activate the spores. The package said to let it soak for six hours. But, we accidentally forgot about it until the next morning. We placed the slab back inside its cardboard case and spritzed the cavernous hole with a water mister every time we passed by.


At first, the blooms were grey and scary, like something you'd rather squirt with bleach if you found it in the shower. But then, the tiniest little footstools began to take shape. About ten days passed and new growth began to slow. 


We began to dream of what we would make ...


The flavor of oyster mushrooms is beyond the best! 

(I used to hate mushrooms as a kid so my mom might be surprised to read this.)


Oyster Mushroom Quinoa Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Quinoa 
  • 2 Cups Water 
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Stipe Length of Chopped Oyster Mushrooms
  • 1 Cup Chopped Portobello Mushrooms
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 5 Sliced Green Onion Shoots
Instructions:
1. In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then add 1 cup quinoa. Add salt and parsley as water comes to a boil. Cover with a lid and turn heat to low, then simmer for 15 minutes. 
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Chop mushrooms and dice garlic, then add to heated pan. Saute on medium for 3 minutes, stirring with a spatula. Cover with a lid and cook for 7 minutes more, stirring occasionally. (If there is still fluid in the pan, cook uncovered for a couple of extra minutes.) Add half the green onions and stir for one minute more. 
3. Place quinoa in a large serving bowl then, add the mushroom mixture on top. Sprinkle with remaining green onions. Salt and pepper to taste.

Bon Appetite!


• Makes 2 entree servings or 4 side dish servings.

This Oyster Mushroom Farm from Back to the Roots was something we picked up at a local market but, it can also be found here on Amazon.

.: Vegan
.: Healthy
.: Organic
.: Vegetarian
.: Non-GMO
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