Flavorful Mushroom Scampi

Nowadays, people are looking for a good, whole food plant-based recipe. Not only because the sales of plant-based foods are growing. But also because these quick nutritious meals come at affordable prices. Meat is the more expensive option. And who needs meat anyway when our mushroom scampi covers a large scale of your nutritional needs? We have the best recipe strategies for broke vegans you can try out. This vegetarian pasta dish is one of the affordable food recipes that’ll have you beyond satisfied. Ready to find out why? Read on.

What is Mushroom Scampi?

Mushroom scampi is a vegetarian pasta dish (at least in our case) that is a twist on Shrimp Scampi. Scampi usually refers to a large shrimp, prepared in garlic sauce, and served over pasta or bread. Instead of shrimp, we made it one of our more affordable food recipes by using mushrooms. 

I used to like shrimp scampi back when I ate seafood. Read more about my pescatarian phase here. Thanks to my new eating lifestyle, I’ve rediscovered this hearty scampi. You wouldn’t believe the tastiness of this dish. Each bite of the mushroom is filled with flavor and juiciness. Honestly, I can say I do not miss eating shrimp at all. Don’t believe me? Give this recipe a try and be sure to follow the instructions to the letter. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Shitake Mushrooms

In this whole food plant-based recipe, the types of mushrooms we are using are dried shitake mushrooms. Shitake mushrooms possess a typically earthy flavor and hearty texture. Their flavor can be enhanced by drying them before cooking if they are fresh. In terms of nutrition, Healthline says Shitake mushrooms are low in calories. They are good sources of fiber and contain vitamins and minerals. Some included are copper, zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin B5. 

Fun fact: Not all mushrooms contain enough vitamin D to reap the benefits of the vitamin. Only the ones exposed to UV light as they grew. Shitake mushrooms are one of them. Eating enough Vitamin D encourages the strengthening of bones and improvement of bone density. Don’t tell this fact to your husband, he’ll have his twist on it 😉

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 Research shows, adding Shitake mushrooms to your quick nutritious meals also makes a good meat protein substitute. This is one of the reasons we chose this mushroom for our vegetarian pasta dish. Baby button mushrooms does not have the texture or bold flavor compared to Shitake.

But mushrooms aren’t for everyone. About 2-3% of the population is sensitive to Shitake mushrooms. Research suggests that in excess, mushroom antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects can cause stomach discomfort. People with sensitive stomachs and many food allergies should eat them sparingly and with caution. It is amazing to me how different our bodies are. I can eat a boatload (figuratively speaking) of most mushrooms and I’m happy as a cow. Whereas, my husband cannot stand the smell of it, not even talk of eating it.

Want a pasta dish with fewer mushrooms and also affordable food recipes? Try our Honey Mustard Pasta Salad with Tofu. You will love it!

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Mushroom Scampi nutritional value

We have been saying meals like Mushroom scampi are quick nutritious meals. But we aren’t just going to say this without telling you why!

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The plant in a whole food plant-based recipe

We bring the flavor to this vegetarian pasta dish using the amazing flavors of garlic and ginger. Separately, they boast their own benefits. Together, those benefits are enhanced. An example is how they promote a healthy immune system. They do this by offering a powerful antiviral and antibacterial effect on some pathogens, such as flu.
If you love spices and herbs as we do, why not try to grow them. You can read our article on how you can grow a simple DIY Garden from the comfort of your balcony or back porch.

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Carbs, carbs, carbs!

A balanced meal contains carbs as one of its components, right? You must be wondering where our starch is in this mushroom scampi. Well, we used fresh noodles. This is a vegetarian pasta dish after all. Pasta can sometimes get a bad rep, with people wondering if it’ll make them gain weight or if it really has any nutritional benefits. We are here to tell you it does. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have it in our quick nutritious meals. 

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Pastapantry says pasta provides glucose, an important fuel for our brain and muscles. Yes, we can get this fuel from foods like sweets and soda, but pasta releases its energy at slow and sustained levels. Unlike unhealthy sources of glucose that come with energy spikes. Pasta is also low in sodium, and cholesterol free. Soy sauce, on the other hand, contains nearly 40% of the recommended daily sodium intake, in just one tablespoon. So pasta and soy sauce differ in this aspect, making them a great pair and creating balance.

Now you know pasta is healthy, but rice is healthy too. If they came up against each other in a culinary game of Which Would You Rather, which one would you choose?  Comment below.

Rice or Pasta. Both can make nutritious carbs that's light on your waist and wallet and is an affordable food recipes.
Which team are you?

Pasta vs Rice Experiment

For an experiment, Puregym took a standard bag of white rice and white pasta and broke down their nutritional factors. Results showed that pasta had slightly more of everything. ‘Everything’ being calories, fat, carbs, starch, fiber, and protein. This suggests that your pick should depend on your own needs. For example, if you are watching your carbs or calories, rice is the better choice. But, if you want to stay full for longer, pasta’s higher dietary fiber will help. It also has more protein, which aids in muscle growth for any gym goers out there. At Humble Vege, we have affordable food recipes for both. 

Now you know more about this whole food plant-based recipe. Get your ingredients ready because it’s time to make it!

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Flavorful Mushroom Scampi

Yield: 2.5
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

If you are looking to explore a meal that is delicious, nutritious and simple to make then Flavorful Mushroom Scampi is your one pot stop (Literally)! Not only does it taste amazing, it is also a one pot meal which screams simplicity. This filling pasta dish is a wholesome, hearty and tasty one. 

As a plant-based dish, packed with high nutrition and an inarguable sustenance, it stands as an absolute favorite due to the easily accessible ingredients required to bring it all together. As a vegetarian dish that is not too dense, but simultaneously satisfactory, it will have your taste buds dancing, and leave your belly content.

Flavorful Mushroom Scampi is a perfect meal option for just about any occasion, dinner with the family, lunch time meal to boost your energy or comforting hearty dish on a cloudy day!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups of dried Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 4 bundles of fresh noodles
  • 1.5 cups of broth
  • 1 cup white cooking wine
  • Half an onion (chopped)
  • Half a lime
  • 1 TBspn minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 TBspn minced ginger
  • 3 TBsp oil (preferably Avocado oil)
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 TBsp soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Soak 2 cups of Shiitake mushrooms in a bowl of water for 30 minutes.
  2. Dice half an onion, finely chop 1 tablespoon of ginger and mince 3 cloves of garlic. Keep these aside. 
  3. Rinse the mushrooms and squeeze the water out. Cut any extra large mushrooms in half and thoroughly inspect. 
  4. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of soy sauce over the mushrooms and mix gently.
  5. Chop up 1 bunch of cilantro. Keep aside.
  6. Add the 4 bundles of noodles to boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes. Once cooked, cold rinse the noodles for 1-2 minutes. Then place noodles in a bowl.
  7. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a pan.
  8. Add the minced garlic and ginger to the pan and stir for 2-3 minutes. 
  9. Add the chopped onion. Sauté until translucent. 
  10. Add mushrooms and gently mix with the ginger, garlic and onion.
  11. Add 2 cups of vegetable broth.
  12. Add 1 cup of white cooking wine.
  13. Cook on a high heat for 6 minutes or until liquid reduces. 
  14. Add noodles and cilantro into the mixture and stir.
  15. Squeeze half a lime into the mixture. 
  16. Add about ¼ teaspoon of salt, to taste. 
  17. Serve and enjoy Flavorful mushroom scampi while hot. 

Notes

This tantalizing pasta dish is packed with nutrition and will leave you wanting more. Flavorful Mushroom Scampi is a must-try and trust me, you will have no regrets at all! 

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