SUPERFOOD // MUSHROOMS:
A cup of cooked mushrooms daily could lower the risk of mild cognitive impairment, (MCI), a typical precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. Mushrooms are filled with antioxidants that protect cell health. Seniors who regularly ate two or more portions had a 50% lower risk of developing MCI.
Recipe by Rose Reisman
- 1⁄3 cup mirin
- 1½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- 1⁄3 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 lb whole shiitake mushrooms, cleaned with stem removed
- 2 green onions, sliced for garnish
- 1½ lb flank steak
- 1 Combine the mirin, five-spice powder, hoisin, sesame seeds, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Remove ¼ cup and pour over the flank steak. Let marinate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.
- 2 In a large skillet sprayed with the vegetable oil, sauté the mushrooms for 12 minutes or until tender. Add another ¼ cup sauce and cook one minute.
- 3 In a grill pan or barbecue sprayed with vegetable oil, grill the steak on medium-high heat for about 8 minutes per side or until done to your preference. Let sit 10 minutes.
- 4 Slice the steak against the grain into thin slices, scatter the whole mushrooms overtop, garnish with the green onions and serve with extra sauce.