Shiitake mushrooms belong to a group of “medicinal mushrooms” used traditionally by the Chinese for thousands of years. Like all mushrooms, shiitakes are a fungus and are created by nature as part of a complex and diverse ecosystem.
Shiitakes offer one example of the way nature influences the possible prevention and reversal of disease. Among their most recognized health benefits is their ability to regulate activity by either activating or suppressing the immune system, thereby supporting the body under many different circumstances. Polysaccharides create the basis for the shiitake’s health boosting properties. These compounds act by strengthening host defenses instead of directly targeting cells. This process enhances the overall cell-mediated immune response, leaving the body better able and prepared to handle anything that comes its way.
Treat yourself well and be proactive this season by cooking up a serving of this immune-supporting soup!
Spicy Shitake Mushrooms & Edamame in a Miso Broth
INGREDIENTS (Makes 1 large or 2 small servings)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6-8 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
- Salt & pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red chili paste, or dried crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- ½ cup frozen, shelled edamame
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- Heat the olive oil in a pot, over medium heat.
- Add the mushrooms to the pan with a dash of salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 5-10 minutes, until the water has cooked out of the mushrooms and their edges are starting to brown.
- Add the chili paste (if desired) and water to the pot, scraping any brown bits from the mushrooms, from the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium, and whisk in the miso paste. Add the edamame. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, just until heated through.
- Top with sliced scallion.
Let us know if you’ve tried this recipe and how you like it!