Following a Calorie Restriction Diet for the Holidays

Mushroom Delight

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Mushrooms are a magical food – a source of vitamin D, a positive stimulant of the immune system, and so-o-o good tasting. Many feasts feature meat as the centerpiece of the meal, yet mushrooms are likely to be far healthier and are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world.

This recipe calls for Maitake, shiitake, and portabellas. They are wonderful, but they may not all be available. Feel free to mix and match: Try to include at least 600 g of high quality mushrooms. You will doubtless find that portabellas are more flavorful than their younger relatives, the buttons and the crimini.

Savory flakes work as well as ground savory and will be even more subtle.

For a special treat consider enjoying the garlic cloves whole.

The ingredient list of this recipe doesn’t include water because 1) although essential, water does not add nutrients and 2) measuring the drained vegetables in soup, for example, and the adding back the broth is much easier than knowing what weight of veggies is in a given weight of soup.

We hope this is helpful.


1 tbsp.        Mustard seed, yellow

1 tsp.            Ginger, ground

74 gram     Garlic Powder or to taste

1/2 tsp.       Savory, ground

56 gram     Garlic, Raw

283 gram   Mushrooms, Shitake, frozen, 10 oz.

180 gram   Mushroom, Maitake, Raw

150 gram   Mushroom, Portabella, Raw, whole

10 gram     Walnut, English, dried, raw, USDA: 1 walnut half = 2 g

2 tbsp.        Lemon juice, canned or bottled



1.      Add spicing and whole garlic cloves to 2 quarts pure water

2.      Bring to a slow boil and cook for 5 minutes

3.      Add mushrooms, return to a boil and cook for an additional 3 minutes

4.      Remove from heat and serve


Serving Suggestions

Serve as a warm stew with plenty of broth for extra nurturing.

Add 10 g walnuts or less per serving

Add 15 g lemon juice, per serving, or to taste


Serve as Mushroom-Barley Delight

Add serving of Savory Barley (see, say 100 g., to a soup bowl

Add serving of Mushroom Feast veggies

Add Mushroom Feast broth

Add about 10 g walnuts per serving

Add 15 g lemon juice, per serving, or to taste

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