Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April Showers Bring May......

By: Jeanette Andrade, PhD, RDN, LDN

Mushrooms. What? As we likely know the saying ends with flowers, but rain brings much more than just flowers and one of the great plants that pop up with a lot of rain are mushrooms. I recently watched a TED talk: Paul Stamets- 6 ways mushrooms can save the world ( and was instantly intrigued as I LOVE mushrooms. I think my fascination with mushrooms came about when I was about 14 years old and diving more into the vegetarian lifestyle. My mom would buy the typical types of mushrooms for me such as the white mushrooms and Portobello, but did you know there are about 100 edible mushrooms (Brassfield, 2008)? Each of these edible mushrooms may contain different health benefits such as white mushrooms can potentially help one to lose weight and reduce the risks for prostate cancer. On the other hand, shitake mushrooms may help fight tumor growth (Mercola, 2013). Beyond the health benefits that mushrooms provide, they also contain necessary micronutrients such as riboflavin and niacin, selenium, copper, and potassium (Fresh Mushrooms). So as Paul stated in his Ted talk, go out and plant a garden full of different varieties of mushrooms. They may not only save the planet, but also improve your health! If you are an adventurous person and like to try out different recipes, try this awesome mushroom recipe obtained from EatingWell (2013):

Cabbage and Mushroom Galette
Pastry Dough
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons cold low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium yellow onions, sliced
  • 1/2 head Savoy cabbage (1-1 1/4 pounds), very thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 6 portobello mushroom caps (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 3 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or Marsala (see Tips)
  • 4 ounces crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese


  1. To prepare pastry dough: Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When it starts bubbling, cook, stirring and watching carefully so it doesn’t burn, until golden brown, 2 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a metal bowl and refrigerate until solid again, 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor. Pulse once or twice to mix. Cut the butter and cream cheese into pieces; add and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add canola oil and pulse until it looks like wet sand. Add milk and pulse until small clumps form.
  3. Transfer the dough to a sheet of parchment paper and press into a ball, then press the ball into a disk about 8 inches wide. Wrap in the parchment and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day before rolling out.
  4. To prepare filling: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onions; cook, stirring, until translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add cabbage and 1/2 teaspoon salt (if necessary, add half the cabbage and cook it down for a minute or two before adding the rest). Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until greatly reduced and golden, 40 to 50 minutes. Season with a dash of pepper.
  5. Meanwhile, scrape gills from mushroom caps; cut the caps into 1-inch pieces. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in another large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook garlic, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, thyme and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are tender and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add sherry (or Marsala); cook, stirring, until it cooks away, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms to the cabbage.
  6. Preheat oven 400°F.
  7. To roll out pastry: Dust a sheet of parchment paper, and the dough, with flour. Roll the dough out into a 15-inch circle. Go slowly and if it cracks just press the pieces together. Dust with flour as needed and keep the circle as even as you can, but don’t worry about rough edges.
  8. To assemble & bake: Spread the cabbage-mushroom mixture over the pastry, leaving a 2-inch border. Use the parchment to lift the edges of the pastry and fold loosely over the filling in 2- or 3-inch sections. It may crack as you fold it, but that’s fine. Transfer the galette, parchment and all, onto a baking sheet. Trim off overhanging parchment.
  9. Bake the galette for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with queso fresco. Continue baking until the cheese is melted and the pastry is lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes more.
  10. Let cool at least 15 minutes on the baking sheet. Lift parchment and galette onto a platter; slide the parchment out. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate pastry dough for up to 1 day or freeze airtight for up to 3 months; thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before rolling.
  • Tips:
  • White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at or Store it in the freezer.
  • Marsala, a fortified wine from Sicily, is a flavorful addition to many sauces. Don’t use the “cooking Marsala” sold in many supermarkets—it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase Marsala that’s sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store. An opened bottle can be stored in a cool, dry place for months.


Per serving: 359 calories; 19 g fat (7 g sat, 9 g mono); 27 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 10 g protein; 6 g fiber; 577 mg sodium; 597 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (37% daily value), Folate (28% dv), Iron (20% dv), VItamin A (18% dv), Potassium (17% dv)

EatingWell (2013). Cabbage and Mushroom Galette. Retrieved from

FreshMushrooms. Benefits. Retrieved from

Mercola, J. (2013). The Health Benefits of Mushroom Consumption. Mercola. Retrieved from


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