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Mushroom Stew
Tonight I tried another Paleo recipe from paleodietlifestyle.com, but I'm going to warn you, if you don't like mushrooms, don't even bother reading any further. The good news is though, this can be modified to be vegan friendly.


• 1 lb of mixed mushrooms, chopped with tough portion of stems removed (I used cremini, shiitake, and white button mushrooms)
• 1/4 cup of butter or ghee (I used butter, vegans, I imagine coconut oil is good with this)
• 2 onions, chopped (I used sweet onions)
• 4 cloves garlic, minced (I used that jarred garlic because we have a giant jar of it in the fridge, 2.5 teaspoons worth)
• Handful of fresh thyme, leaves picked
• 3/8 of a cup or so of red wine (original calls for 1/4 but...wiiiiiine. Also you can substitute beef stock!)
• 3/4 cup of heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk (original calls for 1/2 cup, I used cream rather than coconut milk)
• 2 green onions, chopped (white parts too!)
• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (I used 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, because I like it. I was liberal with the pepper because my family consists of pepper fiends)

• Before chopping the mushrooms, rinse them to remove any excess dirt and then pat dry.
• Heat a large skillet over a medium heat. Add the butter butter or ghee.
• Stir-in the onions and garlic. Cook until they begin to brown, about 7 minutes.
• Add the mushrooms and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. After cooking for a few minutes you will notice that they let off moisture. You want to continue cooking until this moisture evaporates entirely.
• Add the wine or stock as well as the heavy cream or coconut milk and stir well to ensure that the flavors are dispersed evenly.
• Once the stew has simmered for a few minutes, add in the thyme leaves, green onions and adjust the salt and pepper seasoning. Allow to sit on a low heat for a few more minutes so that it thickens.

Because we're bad, bad paleos, we had a piece (but just one!) of fresh baked garlic bread (as in, bread with garlic cloves baked INTO it) from the store and, oh no, whatever was to become of that opened bottle of wine? It was amazing :)

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From: hollyannvix Date: November 8th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
There is no amount of paper towels that can possibly clean the drool coming from my mouth right now O.O

OMG, I'm going to need to make this sometime! I LOVE mushrooms! And this just looks sooooo heavenly!

And even better, since the hubby doesn't like mushrooms, it'd all be for ME! =D
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 8th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
You should! Whenever Skorzy doesn't like something I make it anyways and I just eat it XD It actually makes not TOO much so you could realistically eat it over the course of a week or two.
From: hollyannvix Date: November 8th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I make a lot of stuff that Trinsic doesn't like and just keep it for myself ;) Like my little diet quiches which has spinach in it, or breakfast casseroles and stuff.

I think tomorrow, I'll enter this recipe into my calorie calculator to see how much calories it would be per serving... if it's not bad per serving, I'll get Trinsic to pick up the ingredients for me then :) I'm always looking for new recipes to try, especially sometimes I get a little bored of having salads for lunches all the time - it's nice to have a change for once ;)

Do you know how many servings this makes?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 8th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Hopefully it works well with your diet. I stopped counting calories because it wasn't working for me, but I imagine with the butter and cream those are going to be the most "yikes" parts. Mushrooms are practically nothing.

Lessee....three of us ate about a cup and a half, and there's about 2 servings left over. Sorry for so vague XD But I hope that measurement helps!
From: hollyannvix Date: November 8th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, I put it through the calorie calculator and entered 5 servings for it. It came up as 210 calories per serving, which actually isn't bad :)

There's not much I could do about the heavy cream (mmmm, heavy cream!) but Land o Lakes is making a type of butter now that's half the calories as regular salted butter. I haven't tried it yet, but since this recipe is low calorie for me, I'm not going to bother with the low-calorie butter this time ;)

Hmmm, yes, I'm going to add those ingredients to the grocery list and see how that goes =D
selunca From: selunca Date: November 8th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god that look so delicious. I absolutely LOVE mushrooms (When we go out, I always look to see who has sauteed mushrooms on the side).

I'm so going to make this. I bet it won't turn out as great as yours did, but dear god this is a mushroom lovers dish!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 8th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
oh yes, absolutely! The mixture of mushrooms is important though, the variety adds different textures and flavors :3
selunca From: selunca Date: November 8th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Especially since some mushrooms TASTE so different too. I'm a portabella girl myself, so I might try mixing that in there.

<3 <3 Thanks for sharing!!
cesarin From: cesarin Date: November 8th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Im a mushroom lover.. and that looks delicious :D
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 8th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Ditto. And it was :O :O :O
quatres_star From: quatres_star Date: November 8th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I kind of want this in my mouth right now.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 8th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Just a little bit, eh? ;D
eewitsanne From: eewitsanne Date: November 8th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Man I don't even LIKE mushrooms and I'm figuring out what to get at the store to make it! It looks so wholesome and falltastic! o__o
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 8th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
They taste like flavor chunks!

Chunks of flavor.
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee hee naw, I just know how to follow directions ;D
wolf_goat From: wolf_goat Date: November 8th, 2011 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely definitely trying this one! It looks so yum!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Do eeeet! And where you are you have access to much more delicious mushrooms (thinking about how it would taste with chanterelles/pfifferlinge...ooooooh god)
arinaca From: arinaca Date: November 8th, 2011 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't like mushroom, but my parent's do :D I might pass this onto them.

I've never heard of the Paleo diet D: It actually sounds kinda neat! Though, I love bread/cereal, and fruit juice D: What do you use to replace breads? I always have bread/toast etc in the morning and I honestly wouldn't even know what to replace it with!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
There's really no replacing breads unfortunately. Unless you eat flax bread, which I don't like. My parents were on Atkins for most of my adolescence so I learned that a carb rich breakfast was not as good anyways so I've gotten quite used to eating eggs and ham and other things for breakfast (like lunch or dinner items), so i've not missed it much.

I'm not following it as rigidly as some folks (or as rigidly as I probably should!) but most of my meals follow the plan. Buuut if I want a special occasion clam chowder with a bread bowl dammit I'm going to have a bread bowl. I'm basically just trying to lose weight through moderation, and with meal planning the paleo way, it's easier because the guesswork is taken out.
zillabean From: zillabean Date: November 8th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)



*prints this out to try*
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Let me know how it turns out! I'm glad I could help with your fat-making :D *faaaat*
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
By the way I totally think of you guys whenever I think of vegan modifications ;D I hope you try it and I hope you like it! I really do think it would be excellent with the coconut substitutes.
stevefoxx From: stevefoxx Date: November 9th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Gonna have to do this next week...
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 9th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Do eeeeet :D Jeff was really impressed with how well it turned out. His only complaint was it was too chunky and not saucy enough, I imagine more wine and more cream and more seasonings will help that. The "broth" is only wine and cream :P
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