When we do grocery shopping on weekends, I usually go through the Fruits and Veggies first. Lucky enough most of my favorite food stores (like Billa and Lidl) organize their store space wisely. And by wisely I mean – they display fresh produce at the store entrance. Usually, by the time I move to the dairy & meat shelves my cart is almost full with fruits and veggies.
When it comes to mushrooms, I often find large, crisply white ‘bubbles’ (as my 2 year-old calls them sometimes) that are perfect for stuffing and/or chop-chop and into the risotto pan.
Rare do I find baby white mushrooms. As you probably have guessed, last week I was in luck! Upon entering the store, little white joules were looking at me somewhat cheeky. First thought that crossed my mind: ”Time to make a favorite side dish! M, goes good with fish!” Second though ”Spring is finally on it’s way!”.
One thing that goes incredibly well with mushrooms are fresh herbs. If you can get your hands on a bunch of fresh thyme or even rosemary, your simple Mediterranean mushroom side will taste waaaay better. Anyways, if you cannot find fresh (say in the middle of winter), feel free to use some sort of Herbs de Provence (like this ones on Amazon). They’ll do the trick.
Another thing to consider for this recipe is the pan you use. I have found that saute-ing baby mushrooms on stove top works best if I use a non-stick pan with lid. Fresh herbs infuse the mushrooms with fine aroma + nutrients do not go out of the window. Win, win!
MINDFUL KIDS: A simple, yet effective ‘technique’ we often employ while grocery shopping with our 2 year old – we include him in the process of choosing and picking up foods. That way, food store trips with little people become more fun (even bearable for both parties). Plus, they learn patience, care and ultimately the joy of eating real foods (or so I hope).
OFFICE LUNCH: This simple Mediterranean recipe is a refreshing side that complements numerous main dishes (like our Alaska Pollock fish Recipe). If you have some left-overs, put them in a lunch box and take with you to work. It’s worth the carry around effort.
- Professional Garlic Press (Amazon)
- Tefal Thermo-spot Non-stick Pan with Lid (Amazon) – dishwasher safe!
- Lunch-box: Bento Box bundle with Utensils (definitely comes in handy!).
Mediterranean Mushrooms with Herbs and Garlic
- 500 g white baby mishrooms
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp chopped dill, optional
- 1/2 cup cold water, if needed
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash baby mushrooms and remove stems.
- Place the mushroom in a non-stick skillet pan and drizzle with olive oil.
- Add garlic, salt, pepper and thyme. I always use a skillet with a lid (like this one) to preserve the nutrients and natural taste of mushrooms.
- Bring to medium heat and saute until tender. Add water if mushroom juices are close to evaporating to prevent burning.
- Remove from pan and serve while still warm.
Did you make this recipe?
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