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12 Sinfully Easy Mushroom Recipes You Can Try Now

12 Sinfully Easy Mushroom Recipes You Can Try Now

In case you hadn’t noticed, mushrooms are fantastic. Despite having their own unique flavors, they are highly adaptable and have the ability to perfectly compliment a wide range of different flavors. They’re also a delicious and healthy meat substitute that can round out almost any meal. So whether you’re a seasoned mushroom fan or looking to expand your culinary horizons, check out the following recipes to see how you can add some fungus you actually want to your life.

1. Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms

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    Why complicate things? Quick, simple and delicious. Also, bonus garlic!

    2. Caramelised Mushroom and Onion Biscuits

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      More generally referred to as a savory scone in my motherland, these delicious morsels are perfect if you enjoy your mushrooms with a side of carbs. I know I do.

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      3. Light Mushroom Lasagna

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        Tired of the same old lasagna recipe? Mix it up with this mushroom filled substitute! The best part is that it’s vegetarian-friendly.

        4. Bacon and Mushroom Potato Gratin

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          What does mushrooms with cheese, bacon and potato equal? If you replied with “heaven” or “my future spouse” we can remain friends. Glorified potato bake has never been so tasty.

          5. Mushroom Burger with Avocado Slaw

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            This is another fantastic option for vegetarians who still want to chow down on a burger with substance.

            6. Mushroom, Corn and Cheddar Pancakes

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              Who said pancakes had to be sweet? If the idea freaks you out too much, try pouring some maple syrup over the top and report back.

              7. Wild Mushroom Tart

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                Who are you calling a wild tart?

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                8. Bonkers Awesome Mushroom and Onion Shells and Cheese

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                  Admittedly I was initially drawn to this recipe due to the crazy name, but upon closer inspection it also proved to be delicious. If you don’t believe me, I have four words for you: Three. Kinds. Of. Cheese. I’ll let that idea settle in for a minute.

                  This dish reinvents tired old mac n’ cheese and makes it, well, bonkers!

                  9. Turkey, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

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                    I figured that everyone would be expecting a ‘cream of mushroom soup’ recipe, so I decided to mix things up a bit. This light soup isn’t only a unique rival to the traditional ‘chicken and corn’ soup, it is also the perfect solution for leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

                    10. Mushroom and Lemongrass Chicken Stir Fry

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                      If you’re a fan of stir fries, you’ll love this recipe. The flavors are simple, yet fresh and vibrant. What more could you want?

                      11. Mushroom, Leek and Lemon Risotto

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                        The perfect answer to a cold winters night, this comforting dish is best enjoyed on the lounge with the fire or heater going. It will literally warm your belly.

                        12. 5 Minute Enoki Mushroom & Shallot Omelette

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                          They had me at ‘5 Minute.’

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                          12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                          12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                          1. Nuts

                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                          2. Blueberries

                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                          3. Tomatoes

                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                          4. Broccoli

                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                          6. Soy

                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                          7. Dark chocolate

                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                          15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                          10. Gingko biloba

                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                          11. Green and black tea

                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                          Find out more about green tea here:

                          11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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