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Food for thought, May 2022

May 2, 2022

Mushroom & Cashew Cream


In previous articles, we explored the importance of a diverse diet for both our health and the planet’s. We have also touched upon how different ingredients impact the world in an array of ways.

Now, let’s be practical. How can we make cooking a nourishing but feasible activity?

Meal prepping can be a great help. It can be as simple as making more of one dish and enjoying it in various combinations throughout the week.

Today’s recipe is creamy and comforting. Its key ingredients are mushrooms and cashews. It is rich in important macro and micronutrients from the onions, mushrooms, and cashews, and it sure is tasty!

Traditionally, you can serve it with pasta, but feel free to explore. Side it with rice or vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, etc.


For the sauce:

  • 100g (1 cup) cashews, soaked overnight
  • 300g (1.5 cups) water*
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp soy sauce

*You can use tap water, veg stock, or the water used for cooking the pasta

For the sauté:

  • 1/2 tbsp oil (optional)
  • 400g (6 cups) shitake mushrooms, sliced**
  • 225g (2 cups) onion, chopped
  • 60g (¼ cup) white wine (water or veg stock work too)

**You can use any mushrooms. Shitake mushrooms fit this recipe particularly well.

  • Start by sautéing the onion. Once golden, add the mushrooms. Let them cook until they turn soft.
  • Add the wine to deglaze the pan.
  • While the sauté is cooking, blend all the sauce ingredients in a blender.
  • Add the sauce to the pan; let it thicken for 2-3 minutes.

It is ready to enjoy just like this. Or pour over some cooked pasta for a creamy, comforting dish to savor by yourself or with friends.

This recipe makes 3-4 servings, perfect if you want to meal prep or cook for a small group.

I hope you get to try this dish. It is unbelievable. If you think so, too, share your thoughts in the comments’ section.

As always, thank you for being here! Thank you for sharing your time and energy!

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    • Julie

      This looks delicious. And, I happen to have all the ingredients at hand. Yum, yum. I’ll give it a try.

      • Kika Gusmao

        Thank you Julie, that’s awesome. If you try it out, share your thoughts with us. I hope you enjoy it <3

    • Kika Gusmao

      Thank you Mrinalini <3


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