I’m on a mushroom kick lately. I had cut mushrooms out of my diet for about two years after reading a specific book about the acid-alkaline diet where mushrooms were labeled under the “acidifying” food group. Later, as I studied more nutrition, I read in another table that no, mushrooms are not acidifying at all- they are alkalinizing. The jury is still out. (If you happen to be an expert and know the real answer…please do share!) I personally tend to think they are more alkaline than acid but there is plenty of material stating otherwise. The fact is, however, that whatever their pH may be, they have numerous health benefits and should absolutely be integrated into a well-balanced plant-based diet.
I had some left over vegan Alfredo Sauce (Recipe here: Vegan Alfredo Sauce) and therefore, decided to make raw zucchini noodles with alfredo sauce, sautéed button mushrooms and sprinkled parsley.
The warm sauce and cooked mushrooms together with the raw noodles was a perfect, delicious and satisfying dinner.
Zoodles Alfredo with Sautéed Mushrooms
- 1 large zucchini
- 2 cups sliced button mushrooms
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt to taste
- fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley leaves
- 1/3 cup vegan Alfredo sauce
- Use a spiralizer (or use a knife to julienne) for the zucchini. Set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium heat.
- Add the garlic and sauté for a minute until fragrant.
- Add the mushrooms and sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Add ½ of the parsley, salt and pepper and sauté for another 2 minutes or until the mushrooms have shrunk in size and are becoming slightly browned.
- Take of the heat and set aside.
- Heat up the Alfredo sauce (slightly. It doesn’t need to boil)
- Toss the zucchini noodles with the sauce and place in a bowl.
- Top with the mushrooms and sprinkle the remaining parsley.
- Serve and enjoy!!
*Some health benefits of mushrooms: they contain vitamin D and folate. They are helpful in weight management and are potent anti-oxidants. The Selenium in mushrooms prevents inflammation. Mushrooms contain beneficial dietary fibers as well. Go mushrooms!