MUSHROOM SOUP



INGREDIENTS

500 grams button mushrooms – stalks cut off and sliced finely
50grams butter
1 Onion sliced
3 Garlic cloves sliced
50 grams plain flour
750 mls Stock – I used beef but you can use chicken or vegetable as well.
1/2 tablespoon fresh Thyme
The juice from 1/2 a lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste

LETS PUT IT ALTOGETHER

  1. Place the butter in a pot and allow to melt
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and allow to cook for 1 minute
  3. Add the sliced mushrooms and stir over a gentle heat for 5 minutes
  4. Add the flour and stir continually for 1 minute until the mixture is “gluggy”
  5. Gradually add the stock and stir well after each addition
  6. Add the thyme and lemon juice 
  7. Season with salt and pepper
  8. Allow to simmer for 30 – 40 minutes
  9. You can give it a give it a rough blend with a stick blender to break up any larger pieces of mushrooms
  10. Enjoy with crunchy bread

This is best enjoyed as an entree.

Mushroom facts if need some convincing on how good they are for you”

Daily Values of Vitamins and Minerals:
Thiamin 6%
Riboflavin 14%
Niacin 17%
B6 8%
Folate 3%
Pantothenic Acid 12%
Iron 3%
Magnesium 4%
Phosphorus 10%
Potassium 8%
Zinc 6%
Copper 7%
Manganese 10%
Selenium 8%

Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Because mushrooms are so low in calories they can help prevent obesity which is a risk factor for many conditions including: Type 2 Diabetes, certain types of cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Mushrooms are a good source of many nutrients including: the B Vitamins, Vitamin D, the mineral copper, potassium, and the antioxidants ergothioneine and selenium. In fact just 5 brown Cremini mushrooms offers 31% of the recommended daily amount of selenium in comparison to the 45% found in 3 1/2 ounces of turkey. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals.

Source: http://www.gardeningchannel.com/health-benefits-of-mushrooms/

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