Hungry? Thank goodness there is so mushroom on your plate! Today we’re making tacos… Wild Mushroom Tacos with an Avocado Aioli. It’s a satisfying gut-healthy mix of mushrooms, sliced avocado, chopped onion, fresh cilantro, lime juice, and a spicy avocado sauce made with plain #kefir, all wrapped in a toasted tortilla. Mushrooms are a good source of beta-glucan, the soluble dietary fiber that may improve cholesterol levels and heart health; B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid; and antioxidants, which help protect cells from damaging free radicals. Avocados have healthy fats and prebiotic fiber to serve as food for the 12 live and active probiotic cultures in our kefir, which may aid in diversifying the beneficial good gut bacteria in the microbiome. Set out a buffet of each ingredient in separate dishes so that each taco can have its own unique ratio. Maybe you’re craving more sauce or yearning for a lot of mushrooms. No matter what, go with your gut.
Even though mushrooms tend to have a lack of color, they carry as many nutrients as bright-colored fruits and vegetables. They are an excellent source of the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid, which have a direct impact on energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism. Mushrooms are the only non-fortified source of vitamin D as they are produced in sunlight.
For those experiencing issues with maintaining a healthy weight, consuming mushrooms may help with weight management due to having few calories and being low in fat. Research suggests that increasing low energy dense food in your diet, such as mushrooms, allows one to feel full and satisfied for a longer period of time. It is encouraged that Americans consume foods low in saturated fat and sodium and mushroom’s inherent umami counterbalances saltiness and allows for less salt to be used in recipes.
Mushrooms work closely with your immune system because they are an excellent source of the antioxidant, selenium, which strengthens the immune system and protects body cells from damage. Rich in potassium, they are important for the function of your heart, muscles, and nerves. They are the highest source of ergothioneine and glutathione, which decrease inflammation. In a recent study, Lion’s Mane, an edible and medicinal mushroom native to North America, Europe, and Asia has been used to treat neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
- 1 cup of wild mushrooms (oyster, shitakke, crimini, portabella)
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- cilantro for garnish
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 lime
- 4 tortillas
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp chipotle powder
- 3 tbsp hot sauce
- 1/4 cup Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 garlic clove
- Veggie Blend: sauté everything together till golden brown.
- Avocado Aioli: blend everything together and drizzle over tacos!
- Taco: layer toasted tortillas with veggie blend, cilantro, avocado, and aioli. Juice lime over the tacos and enjoy!