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Often grouped with vegetables, mushrooms provide many of the nutritional attributes of produce, as well as attributes more commonly found in meat, beans or grains. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more.
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Chili con Crimini
Makes 8 servings: 1 cup each
- 1 pound crimini mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon unrefined peanut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
- 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 small jalapeño pepper, with some seeds, minced
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons aged red wine vinegar
- 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed roasted tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
- 1½ tablespoons chili powder
- 1¼ teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- In two batches, add the mushrooms to a food processor. Cover and pulse until finely chopped, but not mushy. Alternatively, finely chop mushrooms using a chef’s knife.
- Heat the oil in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño and sauté until the mushrooms are cooked through and onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and vinegar and sauté for 1 minute.
- Add the broth, tomatoes, chili powder, salt, and cinna mon and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes. Stir in the beans and 2 tablespoons of the cilantro and simmer uncov ered, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency, about 12 minutes. Adjust seasoning.
- Spoon chili into bowls, top with the remaining cilantro, and serve.
Per serving: 150 calories, 2g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 690mg sodium, 26g total carbohydrate, 7g dietary fiber, 7g sugars, 9g protein- See more at: http://mushroominfo.com/mushroomchannel/2013/09/10/chili-con-crimini/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MushroomRecipeOfTheWeek+%28Mushroom+Channel+%C2%BB+Mushroom+Recipe+of+the+Week%29#sthash.eyzhX4CH.dpuf