Asian Chopped Salad Two Ways Vegan Friendly

Asian Chopped Salad Two Ways Vegan Friendly

 

Soup and Salads are a staple for lunch and dinners. I feel you get the most bang for your buck with either. You can make a large amount and eat on all the chopping you did for a week! They can be super healthy or not, with or WITHOUT meat, travel friendly, easy, quick, one pot or bowl.

Sometimes I will eat raw mushrooms like this one with white button mushrooms.  My favorite raw combo is button, crimini and enoki (if my store has them). I rarely eat raw mushrooms because they do not have the same healing benefits that cooked mushrooms do plus they can have carcinogenic properties. I really do prefer cooked mushrooms over raw, so I tend not to worry about how many raw mushrooms we consume in our diets.

Roasted shiitake and criminis are my favorite when making this salad, just toss in a little avocado oil mixes with some aminos. Bake 350 for 15-25 mins depending on how you chop them.

 

DID YOU KNOW…

In Asian traditions, mushrooms are regarded as both food and medicine because they can support the body’s natural defenses by enhancing the immune system.

SHIITAKE- has been found to enhance immunity and reduce the risk of several types of cancer.
MAITAKE – contains complex sugars called beta-glucans that have immune-enhancing effects.
OYSTER – mushrooms contain compounds that can help address high cholesterol.
LIONS MANE – contains a nerve-growth compound that has potential for treating nerve disorders. I personally have grown these and I love the texture and flavor. They are fun to look at and really do taste a bit like sweet crab. When I have a few heads of these I make a mushroom lasagna with cream sauce that is to die for!!!

Aren’t they cute? Like little cousin “its”

 

Interesting fact…mushrooms that have been exposed to the sun will contain vitamin D, and you can also increase dried mushrooms vitamin D content by leaving them to sit in sunlight. Amazing right!!??

Mushrooms for Medicinal Teas:
Cordyceps mushrooms are used to increase aerobic capacity and support lung function. Reishi helps fight cancer.

I’m a bit obbsessed with mushrooms…can you tell.

 

Asian Chooped Salad with Mushrooms:

This is my roasted chicken in a sesame hot chili oil and aminos. Medium soft tofu works here in place of the chicken with the same sauce.

This is when you are in the middle of your salad and realized you forgot your mandarin oranges!!!!

I try to always use HAPPY CARROTS!!! This is when you know Mother Nature has your back.

 

 

Lets put this together…

 

Ms Foodies Asian Chopped Salad

1/2 head of cabbage sliced thin or shredded (purple, green or both)

1 hearts of romaine

5 celery stalks

3 carrots

6 scallions

1 bunch of cilantro

 

Dressing:

For my dressings I always eyeball it, following recipes for things like this takes the creativity out of cooking…don’t ya think?

equal parts- sesame oil and water (1/8 cup each)

Match that amount with soy sauce (reduced sodium is best) or amino acid (1/4 cup)

do the same with rice wine vinegar (1/4 cup)

Then to taste add

1-2 teaspoons of chili garlic sauce, if you don’t have siracha salt or sauce or red pepper flakes works too

1 clove of fresh garlic crushed

1 inch grated ginger

1 TBLS of sesame seeds

 

 

Toppings:

I like to switch things up, so I usually pick a few ingredients from this list each time I make this salad. That way I never get bored or stuck in the rut of same ol same old.

mushrooms

tofu

chicken

bean sprots

pea shoots

sugar snap peas

micro greens

chopped kale raw or sautéed

mandarin oranges

almond slivers

cashews

peanuts

hemp hearts

more sesame seeds

Not so healthy toppings:

crunchy top ramen noodles

chow mein noodles

fried rice noodles.

 

Play with this, make it your own. This recipe is so very versital, super filling and always satisfying.

 

TIPS:

To keep fresh throughout the week or travel, keep your cabbage and lettuce separate from your toppings. Only dress what you are going to eat in the next 30 minutes or less. Don’t mix your tofu, grilled veggies or meats with your crunchy toppings.

 

Enjoy oxox Ms Foodie

 

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