I like to read a lot about food and healthy eating. This is one of my passions: to understand what is good for us and what is not.
There are so many trends nowadays and so much conflicting information that one can be easily misled. And when you have kids, the situation gets worse.
- How should you feed them?
- What kind of foods are good for your little ones?
And, of course, you should set an example, right?
- Vegan or meat eater?
- Paleo or low carb?
- Dukan (although I see it is not trendy anymore), biggest loser, volumetrics or Engine 2 diet?
Do you know something about all those? Grain or no grain? Dairy or no dairy? There are tens of questions you can ask yourself about something as common as eating.
During the past few years I have been studying and trying to figure out what I should eat. In the beginning, I was simply terrified: GMOs, chemical fertilizers, nitrites and nitrates, stressed animals, antibiotics treated cows, hormones fed chicken…
Come on, is there something left on Earth that we could eat or drink?
So, I began listening to my body and eliminate all the processed food from our diet. And then things got better. I’ve learned that eating whole, fresh foods is the best way to keep our good health. I feel better when I don’t eat meat and dairy.
But this is only my opinion.
Other people in my family say that meat is good for them (read more about the argument here). Ayurveda says that every human being is different and there is a specific diet for each and everyone of us. And I know now that this is completely true.
Everybody should listen to what their body has to say as it knows best what’s good for it. If you feel like eating something, just do it. But try to keep a balance and get rid of fake foods. They are really not healthy.
That being said, I must say that we try not to use white flour and its derivatives and replace them with the whole version. That is why we’ve replaced the white pastas with whole ones, so we could benefit from the vitamins and minerals that can be found only in the second ones.
Today’s recipe uses whole grain pasta.
It is easy to cook and also kind of quick. If you don’t have anything to eat in your fridge or you are in a hurry or you simply enjoy cooking every day something fresh, it can be a good choice for you.
14 oz whole grain pasta
20 oz mushrooms
10 oz heavy cream
9 oz cream cheese
1 tbsp sage
5 garlic cloves
4 tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste
Makes: 6 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
First of all, boil the pasta.
Place a pot filled with water over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of salt. Bring to a boil and throw the pasta in.
Let boil according to the time specified on the pack.
After that, turn the heat off and cover the pot with a lid. Let the pasta inside for 5-7 more minutes.
Drain and wash them with cold water so they don’t become sticky.
After that you may start preparing the mushroom cheese sauce.
Take a large skillet and place it over medium-high heat.
Melt the butter.
Chop the mushrooms and add them to the skillet. Cut them into large pieces because they will become smaller and smaller as their liquid content evaporates through cooking.
Cook for 3 minutes and add the diced garlic.
Watch how the mushrooms become smaller.
Let cook until there is no liquid left.
Whip the heavy cream and place it over the mushrooms. Stir well.
Add the cream cheese
and let simmer until the sauce thickens.
Serve while it is hot, over cold pastas. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and enjoy.