Lion’s Mane, what? Mushrooms?! Yep that’s right, Lion’s mane mushrooms. Try my lion’s mane mushroom recipe for flavor and nutrition!
Lion’s mane mushrooms may not be well known in the United States, but in other countries they are used for medicinal purposes. These mushrooms are reported to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-boosting properties.
It is believed that it is best to consume the mushroom as a whole to reap the health benefits. Therefore, an easy lion’s mane mushroom recipe is a need! But before I dive into delicious dishes, let’s get to know these mushrooms a little more.
Facts about Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Because of the fun name, you may be wondering what these mushrooms look like. The tops of lion’s mane mushrooms appear to be furry like a lion’s mane. They are bright and white in color. Plus they are full in body and shape.
Lion’s mane mushrooms can go by a variety of names that can inspire your mind to draw magical pictures. These names include Monkey Head mushrooms and Bearded Hedgehog mushrooms. I’m not sure which one is the most enchanted but the latin name is Hericium Erinaceus.
Health Benefits from Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
The lion’s mane mushroom recipe below is delicious, but these mushrooms have been used for centuries as a form of medicine. These mushrooms are believed to promote cardiovascular health, liver and kidney function, as well as neurological benefits.
Traditionally lion’s mane mushrooms have also been used to improve mood and cognition. It’s believed that the anti-inflammatory properties of all parts of the lion’s mane mushrooms lead to brain health. And researchers are beginning to link these beliefs to fact.
For instance, a series of studies have shown that lion’s mane mushrooms improve memory function especially in older adults. In addition, researchers are finding lion’s mane mushroom may be helpful in fighting depression and anxiety.
These promising findings are leading experts to consider lion’s mane mushrooms to help in the treatment of heavy hitters, such as cancer and Covid-19. However, a lot of research is still needed to determine dosage, usage and most importantly, effectiveness.
Therefore, when searching the web for lion’s mane mushroom, you will find an array of over the counter health supplements. The efficacy of these products, even if studied by the companies that sell them, are up for debate.
Please note that traditional medicinal practices encourage to consume the mushroom as a whole to get health boosting benefits. Therefore, the simple lion’s mane mushroom recipe below is a great place to start versus a recommendation for an over the counter supplement.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Recipe & Delicious Options
Lion’s mane mushrooms are found locally at my farmers’ market. S&B Bell Farms bring pre-ordered Prayer Mountain Mushrooms to market. Prayer Mountain Mushrooms raise a variety of mushrooms for sell to consumers and to restaurants.
When cooking with lion’s mane mushrooms, they absorb the zest of herbs and seasonings. This feature makes these mushrooms versatile in almost any recipe. For instance, Susan from S&B Bell Farms created a fantastic recipe using lion’s mane mushrooms : The Most Delicious Gumbo Bowl EVER!
I enjoy lion’s mane mushrooms in a variety of recipes, but my favorite way to eat them is to simply sauté them. Sautéing these mushrooms create a unique texture and adds a dimension of flavor that irresistible!
If you are looking to make a meal of the lion’s mane mushrooms recipe below, try pairing them with my Homemade Fennel Sausage & my Roasted Cabbage (cabbage recipe is coming soon to the blog)!
Or you could add this lion’s mane mushroom recipe to my Healthy Burrito Bowl Salad for an added dimension of flavor and texture. This recipe is also a nutritious topping to my Goat Burgers. And a delicious twist for my Duck Egg Frittata.
No matter how you slice, dice or eat them, there seems to be no limit on the delicious and healthful bite of lion’s mane mushrooms in any recipe!
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Recipe – Dairy Free
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knife
- Medium Sized Skillet
- 8 oz Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
- 2 tbsp Ghee (for dairy free) or butter (not dairy free)
- Optional Freshly minced herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic, Green Onion
- Wash and thoroughly dry lion’s mane mushrooms.
- Grab a cutting board and sharp knife. Carefully slice lion’s mane mushrooms into 1/4 inch slices.
- Next, grab medium sized skillet. Add ghee, and place skillet upon medium-high heat stove top. Add optional minced vegetables or herbs.
- When the ghee and optional ingredients are simmering, add sliced mushrooms. Use a spatula to sauté mushrooms in ghee and optional ingredients.
- Once the lion’s mane mushrooms are browned, turn off stove and remove skillet from the stovetop heat.
- Salt and pepper to taste. Serve, and enjoy!
About the Author
Elizabeth Ray is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is on a mission to help you feel good about food! She believes food from the farm is best. And she is developing nutrition resources to help you discover the possibilities of real food that is grown/raised by the local farmer.
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