Smoky Paprika Mushroom Soup

Smoky Paprika Mushroom SoupThis Smoky Mushroom Soup is perfect for the first course of an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner. And the day after the holiday when all you want is a light bite, just add some leftover turkey and sautéd onions and garlic, and you will have a delicious meal in a bowl!

INGREDIENTS (for one small serving)
For specific brands and preparation instructions for the four key ingredients listed in green, see this post.

2 teaspoons butter
a heaping 1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1/4 cup reconstituted wood ear mushrooms
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 ice cube of rehydrated dried shiitake mushrooms that have been pureéd
1 tablespoon of Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate
Chopped flat leaf parsley, for garnish, if desired

DIRECTIONS

Place the butter into a soup bowl and place the bowl into the microwave oven. Also place 1/2 cup of water into a cup and put it into the microwave oven. (When microwaving a small amount the food, I understand that it’s a good practice to place some water into the microwave as well.) Heat the butter (and water) on high in the microwave until the butter has melted. Then add the paprika to the butter in the bowl and mix. Let stand for 30 seconds.

To the bowl, add the reserved sautéed onions and garlic and the four key Ingredients for mushroom soup (listed in green). Heat the mixture in the bowl in the microwave on high until hot. Stir and garnish with chopped flat leaf parsley, if desired.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Butter – Butter from grass-fed cows, such as Kerrygold Butter, is the healthiest.
Smoked Spanish paprika – A well-stocked supermarket should carry this product. To preserve the flavor, it is best to store paprika in the freezer.

Enjoy and be healthy!
~Leni

Creamy Mushroom Brie Soup

This is a rich and delicious creamy mushroom soup. And it only takes minutes to prepare — if you have the four key ingredients listed in green below ready to use. And, no worries, preparing these ingredients is easy!
Creamy Brie Mushroom Soup

INGREDIENTS (for one serving)

For specific brands and preparation instructions for the four key ingredients listed in green, see this post.

1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup reconstituted wood ear mushrooms

1  ice cube of rehydrated dried shiitake mushrooms that have been pureéd
1 tablespoon of Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate
1 ounce brie cheese, cut into small pieces
Chopped flat leaf parsley, for garnish, if desired

DIRECTIONS

Into a microwaveable bowl, place the four ingredients listed in green above and the brie cheese. Heat on high in the microwave until the cheese melts and only small bits of the cheese rind are still visible. Mix. Garnish with chopped flat leaf parsley, if desired. Serve hot!

Enjoy and be healthy!
~Leni

4 Key Ingredients for Amazing Mushroom Soups

4 key ingredients mushroom soup

This post is about the four key ingredients for making amazing mushroom soups. And in the upcoming posts, I will show you how to make company-worthy mushroom soups in minutes — using these four ingredients plus just a few more!

4 KEY INGREDIENTS FOR AMAZING MUSHROOM SOUPS

Chicken broth/stock
Dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and then pureéd and frozen in ice cube tray
Dried black wood ear mushrooms, rehydrated
Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (Beef)

INGREDIENT NOTES

Chicken Broth/Stock – A quality packaged chicken broth is perfectly fine. I recommend Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock from CostcoOr you can make your own chicken broth/stock. Here’s how I make mine.

Dried Shiitake Mushrooms – I buy Dried Shiitake Mushrooms from Mushroom House. This link takes you to Mushroom House’s less expensive one-pound bag of dried shiitakes. The company’s more expensive bag contains larger size mushrooms. Since we’re going to purée the mushrooms, we don’t need the big ones. And by the way, done make this soup with fresh shiitake mushrooms. The flavor of the dried and fresh shiitakes is completely different!

Black Wood Ear Mushrooms – I love these Black Wood Ear Mushrooms and I buy them on Amazon, too.

Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (beef) – Collagen is a protein with a unique assortment of amino acids. We don’t get much collagen in our diets today, primarily because we no longer consume soups made with collagen-rich bones and skin, and we’re not likely to gnaw on the ends of bones like grandparents/great grandparents did.  However, by using the Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (beef), we can add collagen back into our diets. This Great Lakes product is made by using enzymes to digest the collagen from grass fed beef into it’s component amino acids, resulting in a protein powder (with 6 grams of protein per tablespoon) that dissolves easily in hot or cold liquids and does not change the taste.

DIRECTIONS FOR PREPARING THE MUSHROOMS

Ice cubes of puréed shiitakes: Rinse the dried shiitakes a couple of times with cold water. Place the rinsed shiitakes into a bowl and pour boiling water over them. (To keep the mushrooms submerged under the water, I weigh them down by placing an appropriate size plate on top of them.) Let the mushrooms rehydrate at room temperature. (When you cut through the mushrooms and do not see beige, they are fully rehydrated.) Remove the rehydrated shiitakes from the soaking liquid and then cut off the larger stems (very fibrous), and then put them the trimmed mushroom caps into the blender. Strain the soaking liquid through a coffee filter and add some or all of the strained mushroom liquid to the blender. Blend. Pour the pureé of mushrooms into an ice cube tray and freeze. When frozen, take the cubes out and place them into a plastic freezer bag. Now you have shiitakes that are ready to use in anything!

Rehydrated dried wood ear mushrooms: Place one packet of the mushrooms mentioned in Ingredient Notes below, into a tall glass. Add boiling water — about 1/2 a cup. Let it cool down and then put a lid on and shake it. Let it sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator for an hour or so — and then you’ll have wonderful wood ear mushrooms!

NUTRITION NOTES

Collagen and…
Arthritis : Link
Wrinkles : Link
Bones: Link

Shiitake mushrooms and…
Cancer: Link. Link. Link.

Enjoy and be healthy!
~Leni