Marinated Mushrooms with Parsley & Pine Nuts.

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1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced in halves or quarters

2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 to 2 cloves minced garlic (optional)

1/4 cup diced red onion

3 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian parsley

Sea salt, peppercorns and red pepper flakes (optional) to taste
Clean mushrooms with moist paper towel by rubbing dirt off. Cut off end of stem. Add onion to preheated oiled pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until lightly cooked through. Add mushrooms. Sauté for a few minutes (about 6 minutes) until mushrooms are tender. Add garlic, pine nuts and parsley and cook for a few more minutes (don’t burn the garlic though). Transfer to a serving bowl. Add a dash more olive oil and red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Top with a few sprinkles of parmesan cheese (optional).

Great hot or chilled as an appetizer or snack.

The Facts:

Mushrooms themselves provide you with lean proteins as they have zero cholesterol, fats and very low carbohydrates. The fiber and certain enzymes in them also help lower cholesterol level. Moreover, the high lean protein content in mushrooms helps burn cholesterol when they are digested.

Mushrooms are very effective in preventing cancer of breast and prostrate due to presence of Beta-Glucans and conjugated Linoleic Acid having anti-carcinogenic effects. Linoleic acid is particularly helpful in suppressing effects of estrogen. This estrogen is the prime reason for breast cancer in women after menopause. The Beta-Glucans, on the other hand, inhibit growth of cancerous cells in cases of prostrate cancer. Selenium in mushrooms is very effective in inhibiting cancerous cells.

Ergothioneine, a powerful anti-oxidant present in mushrooms is very effective in giving protection from free radicals as well as boosting up immunity. Mushrooms contain natural antibiotics (similar to penicillin, which itself is extracted from mushrooms) which inhibit microbial and other fungal infections. They also help heal ulcers and ulcerous wounds and protect them from infections. A good combination of vitamins A, B-Complex and C, found in mushrooms also strengthens immune system.

Mushrooms contain vitamin-D, are rich in calcium, iron, potassium , copper  and selenium.

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