My Friends Always Said I Was a Fungi….
Fine. I admit it. I don’t remember much about fourth grade science curriculum although I taught that age for 15 years. But one lesson about the five kingdoms of life stuck with me: Animals, plants, fungi, protists, and monera.
The content of “Best in Season” is culled from things you might find in the plant kingdom, whose commonality is that every plant is multiple-celled and creates its own food. (Dear science majors, this is what I culled from a fourth grade science book three years ago, please don’t lose too much sleep on this.)
So it is with a bit of trepidation that I write about mushrooms. Honestly, I think that even people who haven’t taught fourth grade science know that mushrooms are in the kingdom of fungi. But they grow out of the ground. And have seasons. And are now the best in season (see title). So there. I will pretend they are produce worthy and vegetables for this article.
Mushrooms, portobello ones, are pretty diet friendly. They have a super meaty texture so they fill you up, but one mushroom is about 18 calories. Low in fat, protein, and carbs, they aren’t nutritionally high up there but their filling up factor makes them a real winner. The mushrooms are terrific sliced and drizzled with olive oil, or stuffed with chopped meat.
But my favourite way to eat them is as a base for PIZZA!!!!! My favorite part of the pizza is the crust, but the flour always drags me down. Even whole wheat. When I discovered this recipe, I was hooked!
I hope you will be too.