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Challenge Blog: Creamy Maitake Mushroom Soup (vegan)

Thursday, January 02, 2014

In SparkArizona, I am participating in the Eat Your Veggies Challenge, which includes trying a new veggie and blogging weekly about how you're getting your five veggies in each day.

Today, I discovered that there is indeed a veggie I had not previously eaten! I found this lovely Maitake mushroom at Whole Foods:

I also found the cutest little head of cauliflower, just about 1.5 cups of florets. So the soup idea lit up in my brain like a light bulb emoticon

1.5 cups caulflower florets
3.5 oz. Maitake mushroom, broken into small bite-size pieces
1.3 teaspoons coconut oil
3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
ginger powder, sage, and Hawaiian pink salt to taste

Simmer the cauliflower florets in enough water to cover until tender. Set aside.

In a cast iron skillet, gently saute the sliced garlic in coconut oil until it just starts to brown. Add the mushroom pieces and saute until tender. The mushrooms will shrink as they release a good bit of their moisture content.

Puree the cauliflower, then return it to your sauce pan. Stir in the sauteed mushrooms & garlic, along with all their yummy juices. Season to taste with the ginger, sage, and salt.

This soup was absolutely scrumptious. It made two one-cup servings and I ate them both. The nutrition content for the two cups:

149 calories
18g carbs
7g fat
6g protein

Here is an interesting article about the Maitake:
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    2723 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Interesting mushroom, particularly in regard to lowering blood sugar. Glad you enjoyed your soup. Looking forward to your next veggie blog.
    2724 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    I had never seen such mushroom in a supermarket--should I had seen it in the forest I don't think I would've picked it up to eat it. I don't know my mushrooms at all; and coming from a nation celebrating fervently the mushroom season, that's a shame! emoticon

    Great idea of adding a cauliflower for texture and color! Your soup might have a nice shade of light grey.
    2724 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2014 2:13:02 PM
    This looks like a fun and tasty project for DH and I this weekend - thx for sharing!

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