Looking through a child's eyes, again
Undulating waves remind us that all matter is alive...
Can we just take a moment to observe the power of the mushroom?
Yes, there are those kind, of course. I've got no issue with them.
But I'm talking all the other rockstar fungi out there.
Chaga. Reishi. Shitake. Turkey Tail.
Are you even ready for their Super Powers?
The Magnificent Medicinal Mushroom inhibits cancer cell growth, reduces blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol, treats GI disorders (such as IBS and Chron's), stimulates the immune system, has been found to be effective in treating HIV, boots immune system, restores liver function, antioxidant, helps restore restful sleep, cure infectious diseases, chronic bronchitis, adaptogenic (meaning they combats stress), prevents and treats heart disease.
Did I also mention that they are high non-animal sources of iron AND can be totally sustainable?
Magically speaking, mushrooms are lunar and have a reputation for increasing psychic awareness. The Egyptians, naturally, were on to this, and they were consumed regularly by Pharaohs. Hmmm....
You can buy well-sourced, excellent quality extracts online at Dragon Herbs and Longevity Warehouse if you favor a tincture, but if you also like teas, often dried tonic mushrooms can be found in bulk at your local health food store.
I like to add 2-3oz. of dried mushrooms (they comes in powder, chunks, or slices) to 8oz. pure water. Heat the water, but don't boil. Let the chaga steep for 10 minutes or even 20. It can taste slightly bitter, so I do enjoy a little stevia and vanilla. If you make a large pitcher, it ices well and keeps in the refrigerator for about a week.
Hungry? Me too!
Let's whip this up together. It's crazy easy and sooooo good!
Magic Shitake Sauté
- 1/2 C red or black quinoa
- 1 C pure water
- 2-3 C organic shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- 2 C organic Swiss chard, chopped
- 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 C sliced almonds
- extra virgin olive oil, (first cold press, or stone ground, if you can)
- Celtic salt
- Red pepper flakes
First, rinse the quinoa at least three times, and drain. Quinoa has a natural pesticide that will give you a bellyache if it isn't cleaned off. Get black quinoa if you can find it: black foods have the highest level of life force energy, also known as Jing in ancient Chinese herbalism.
Put it in a small pot with the cup of water, and bring it to a boil. Cover, and simmer on a very low flame until all the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes or so. Set it aside.
Spiral some olive oil into a sauté pan, and gently heat it. Toss in the chopped garlic, and allow it to cook softly until it turns translucent and releases its heavenly scent...
Add in the shiitakes and stir. Let them do their thing for a few minutes, then add in the almonds. Let everyone mingle, and get buttery-toasty...mmmmm! This is where it gets good.
Now toss in the chard, and give it all a good swirl with a pair of tongs. Add in the quinoa. Let it all warm through, then turn off the flame. Sprinkle in a few pinches of pepper flakes and Celtic salt...and there you are.
Warm, buttery, divine...with a little crunch, loaded with complete protein, antioxidants, disease fighting warriors...light, easily digestable. The kind of supper that fills you, and still allows you to shimmy into a pencil skirt no problem.
This serves one well, but you can easily double or triple the recipe.
Because, My Loves,
GOOD HEALTH IS SO SEXY.