The Silly Nutrition Undergrad

Simple Roasted Portabella and Crimini Mushrooms

Posted on: November 12, 2009

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Simple and delicious roasted crimini and portabella mushrooms.

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This is a dish that can be assembled in no more than 10 minutes.
This is a dish that uses minimal ingredients to create itnense flavours.
This is a dish that will fill your house with a divine, mouth-watering aroma.
It is THE side dish that will spice up your ordinary dinner!

Simple Roasted Portabella and Crimini Mushrooms

Adopted from Epicurious

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 pound Cremini mushrooms, rinsed, stemmed and cut lengthwise into halves
  • 1/4 pound Portabella mushrooms, rinsed, stemmed and cut into thick slices
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 5 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil (I used my olive oil mister)
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large roasting pan, stir in all the ingredients. (I gave the mushrooms 3 – 4 good long sprays with my mister.) Make sure the mushrooms are well coated with rosemary and give your black pepper grinder a few good twists! Save the salt for now, we’ll add it at the end. Try to use a large enough roasting pan so that mushrooms are on a single layer (but it’s okay if they overlap too).
  3. Roast mushrooms for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so to prevent mushrooms from sticking to the pan. The mushrooms are ready when the juices are almost all evaporated and mushrooms are nicely browned.
  4. Before serving, sprinkle on some more black pepper and just a pinch of salt to bring the flavours all together. Mix well and transfer over to bowl. Serves 4 as side (or makes 2 generous servings if you’re an mushroom addict like me! :))

Other types of mushrooms will also work well in this dish – I’m trying shitake and king oyster mushrooms next time!

Roasted mushrooms make a simple, delightful and healthy side dish. Without using calorie-dense ingredients like heavy cream or butter, this recipe utilizes herbs and spices to jazz up the flavour of the mushrooms. Light and delicious!

So what’s so great about mushrooms?

They are a great source of selenium and B vitamins. Selenium helps to reduce the level of damaging free radicals in our body by keeping our antioxidant system working properly. It can play a role in reducing the amount of cancer-causing toxins and repairing DNA. Adequate intakes of selenium has been associated with reduced cancer risks. On the other hand, B vitamins are vital co-factors in nutrient metabolism. When there is low levels of B vitamins, the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins will be compromised, leading to suboptimal health status, exposing you to a wide array of possible health problems, including anemia, depression, weakened immune system, etc.

For more in-depth information, visit World’s Healthiest Foods’s page on Crimini mushrooms.

Do you like mushrooms? How do you like to enjoy them?

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