Mushrooms, which are naturally low in

Mushrooms, which are naturally low in

Mushrooms, which are naturally low in calories (a cup may contain 45 calories or less) and sodium and is virtually non-fat, could just be the perfect ingredient you were looking for a delectable, yet effective diet meal.

Apart from being a suitable meat substitute (fit for vegans and vegetarians) for its meaty bite, while boosting your immune system too, mushroom also has this uncanny ability to lend wonderful flavors to food with its super-powerful flavor enhancer, glutamic acid and is a good source of iron, niacin and riboflavin and also contains certain amount of selenium (which has anti oxidant qualities), zinc, copper and potassium. It is also rich in fiber which is good for digestion. Most common variety include: portobello, morel, button, shiitake, witch’s butter, skullcap and oyster.

Why not try this fungus recipe? You''ll need:

  • Grilled and stuffed mushrooms
  • What you’ll need:
  • 4 caps of Portobello mushroom
  • 2/3 cup of chopped fresh tomatoes
  • A low-fat cooking spray
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro

What you''ll do

  • Prep the grill
  • Combine half of the olive oil, tomatoes, rosemary, pepper, garlic and mozzarella in a bowl
  • Scoop out the gills from the mushroom caps with a spoon. Remove the stems as well
  • Mix the other half of the olive oil, soy sauce and lemon juice.
  • Brush mixture on both sides of the mushroom caps
  • Grill the caps stem side down until they soften
  • Spoon a quarter cup of the cheese and tomato mixture into each cap, cover and grill until cheese melts
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot

Remember to clean mushroom by brushing or wiping with a scarcely damp cloth; they tend to absorb water when washed and cut them up only when it is time to use them as they easily darken.