Mushrooms in Vegetarian Cooking

The choice of finally going vegetarian may be difficult, particularly if almost all of your life, meat has been part of the day by day diet.  Whether it is health, diet, or lifestyle change from individual opinion, going vegetarian can be quite rough.  One, as previously mentioned, is finally letting go of meat.  The second is finding protein sources for the body.  Meat is a fundamental source of protein, and protein is needed by the body for it to build and fix muscles and tissues and do a lot of physiological roles.  The challenge now is to find other non-meat sources of protein.

Mushroom is not a plant but a fungus that grows typically on the ground/soil or on its food source, like barks of trees.  There are a lot of nonpoisonous mushrooms that can be found growing, but of course, there are also those that are not fit for consumption.  For safety, it is more preferential to get mushrooms from supermarkets, organic markets, or reputable source rather than finding them wild, because for sure, those are the ones that are edible.  Although not made from animal flesh, mushrooms are sound sources of protein, containing twice the amount of protein acquired in vegetables.  Depending on how they are prepared, they can even mimic the texture of certain meats, which helps in the transition from omnivore to vegetarian.  This ingredient could be used both by vegetarians and by vegans, which do not consume or use any products made from animals.

Mushrooms may be grilled, tossed with salad, pasta, or soups, and even placed in sandwiches and pizza.  They are quite versatile and may be cooked in a number of ways.  Some Portobello mushrooms are made into burgers, which can be breaded, deep-fried, and wedged in a hamburger bun, just like a beef patty.  It gives an almost similar texture as meat and may even be grilled with eggplant, just like steak.  They can even be stir-fried with an omelette for breakfast or substituted in stir-fries that call for chicken or beef.  Another tip in prepping and cooking mushrooms is to just wipe fresh ones with a damp towel in cleaning them.  Soaking them like other fruits and vegetables will just make them soak up the water so the stir-fry turns out soupy rather than have less liquid characteristic of stir-fries.

Being a very familiar and pleasant-tasting food source, mushrooms are a good way to jump-start in going vegetarian.  The taste and texture is adequate and aside from the nutrient content, they are also low in fat, cholesterol, sodium, and calories.  On the other hand, they are very high in fiber too, for a healthy digestion.  Adding mushrooms to food is an exceptional way to jump start into going vegetarian without the regret or much meat withdrawal phases.

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