Because no single way of eating works for everybody.
Mushrooms. I loathed them as a child, but now I leap upon them with Hobbit-like enthusiasm. And they’re one food I don’t feel confused about. I mean, the nutritional data on mushrooms shows they contain potassium, selenium, copper, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid (which is Vitamin B5 – I’ve always wondered about that). They’re not meat. They’re not really vegetables either. But they’re fresh, they’re natural, they’re fat-free (mostly), sugar-free (mostly), grain-free, cruelty-free, and locally-produced pretty much everywhere. Not only that, but they taste great, raw or cooked. I suppose they’d offend a fruitarian, but I’m honestly not certain whether mushrooms can be considered fruit or not; maybe they’d be just fine. Unless you’re allergic to them, they’re an ideal thing to chew and swallow and digest.
Here’s a great, easy, lazy way to cook them – which won’t be appropriate for raw-foodists, but I guess there has to be some conflict about mushrooms, after all.
Easy Lazy Mushrooms
Mushrooms, your desired quantity and type
Butter, or your cooking fat or oil of choice. (Please, don’t use margarine. For anything.)
Salt and pepper to taste, and/or other herbs, aromatics, or spices
1. Preheat your oven to somewhere between 300°F and 350°F.
2. Chop or slice mushrooms to the size you want.
3. Put them into an oven-proof pan, like one of these.
Or you can use a baking-dish if you’d like. (Do you know how hard it is to find a free, non-copyrighted photo of an empty baking dish? Pretty difficult, I’ll tell you. And I don’t have my camera handy.)
4. Add butter, salt, pepper, and any other spices or herbs or aromatics you’d like, and mix them together.
5. Stick the dish of mushrooms into the oven, and leave it there. Stir it every now and then.
You can even add a few greens, like in this photo.
Check them every ten minutes or so. After a while, the mushrooms will be cooked to your desired done-ness. Cooked this way they absorb the butter (or tasty fat of your choice), and the effect of the oven heat counteracts their natural watery tendencies.
6. Serve them on toast, or beside your meal, or just eat those suckers straight out of the pan. Mmmmmm.
Cooking mushrooms this way not only gives good results, but takes very little attention – they’re almost a self-generating side-dish. So enjoy some conflict-free mushrooms… unless you hate mushrooms… in which case, well… don’t. 🙂