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Mushroom “Bacon” Topper

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Summary

Thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms baked in a smoky marinade transform into a tasty “bacon” that is fabulous on pasta, salads, and more. What’s more, unlike traditional bacon, shiitake mushrooms are low in calories and packed with nutrition, providing vitamins, minerals, and other health-promoting compounds.

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

Ingredients

 ½ lb shiitake mushrooms (stems removed)
 2 ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
 2 ½ tsp organic tamari (reduced-sodium or coconut aminos)
 1 tbsp maple syrup (or date paste, link in directions)
 ½ tsp smoked paprika
 ½ tsp dijon mustard
 ¼ tsp liquid smoke
 ground black pepper (optional, to taste)

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

Use a damp paper towel to clean the mushrooms.

3

Slice the mushrooms thinly.

4

In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, tamari, syrup (or date paste), paprika, mustard, liquid smoke, and pepper. Whisk thoroughly.

5

Add the mushrooms and stir to coat with the marinade.

6

Transfer the mushrooms to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 16 to 17 minutes, tossing once.

7

Turn off the heat and let the mushrooms sit in the warm oven for 10 minutes, tossing once during this time.

8

Remove and let cool.

Chef's Notes

Mushroom Prep
Purchase just over ½ pound of mushrooms, and then remove the woody stems, which are not edible. If you don’t want to discard the stems altogether, you can save them to make a mushroom or vegetable stock.

Recipe by Dreena Burton, reprinted from Dr. Neal Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes adapted for WHOLE Life Club (WLC)

Ingredients

 ½ lb shiitake mushrooms (stems removed)
 2 ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
 2 ½ tsp organic tamari (reduced-sodium or coconut aminos)
 1 tbsp maple syrup (or date paste, link in directions)
 ½ tsp smoked paprika
 ½ tsp dijon mustard
 ¼ tsp liquid smoke
 ground black pepper (optional, to taste)

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

Use a damp paper towel to clean the mushrooms.

3

Slice the mushrooms thinly.

4

In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, tamari, syrup (or date paste), paprika, mustard, liquid smoke, and pepper. Whisk thoroughly.

5

Add the mushrooms and stir to coat with the marinade.

6

Transfer the mushrooms to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 16 to 17 minutes, tossing once.

7

Turn off the heat and let the mushrooms sit in the warm oven for 10 minutes, tossing once during this time.

8

Remove and let cool.

Mushroom “Bacon” Topper