Appetizers, Mains, Salads, Sides

warm mushroom and garlic salad

May 20, 2010

You either love ’em or you hate ’em!  No silly, I am not talking about  the blackberry/iPhone, or the Vibrams/lifting shoes debate!  But, what I am actually referring to here is good ol’ MUSHROOMS.  I think so many people are too quick to judge…and say “oh ya, no I don’t like them!”.  They tend to automatically get a bad rap for some reason?!?  Please people, give them a chance.  You won’t be sorry with this recipe, as they are to die for!

Tonight, again I tried something new!  Roasted garlic…to go along with the main dish!  Who would have thought….?  To be honest, I am always a little hesitant when trying something new for the first time, but have recently adapted the attitude of “just going with the flow”.  Be inventive, don’t be shy and just enjoy the whole cooking process.  The roasted garlic turned out better than ever expected.  Vampires BEWARE!!! LOL!

Someone emailed my this week asking where they could find a resource pertaining to the basic foods that are recommended on the Paleo diet.  I referred them back to the principles outline in the book, The Paleo Diet, by Lorain Cordain.  Sure there is always room for change, growth and development, but please don’t lose sight of the basics.  They are actually speaking to you quite clearly, if you are willing to listen..check them out,  maybe again if you are struggling with sticking to the Paleo lifestyle.  There are so many options that are often forgotten about, so sometimes a refresher is just what you may need. If you don’t have the book mentioned above, check out the link in my “what is Paleo?” section of my blog.

A couple months ago on the radio, I heard the idea that “you need to change your thinking from seeing cooking as a CHORE, to viewing cooking as an EXPERIENCE.”  This shift is crucial I think!  We all dislike doing things that we see as laborious or onerous.  If you do not enjoy cooking (which was me once upon a time, believe it or not), find a way to spruce things up; to peak or re-spark that desire you once possessed.  Try a recipe that you have been admiring for a long time, cook for friends or buy a new/cute gadget to enhance the mood in the kitchen.  Sounds silly, but it does make a massive difference.  Trust me on this one, I know!  (more to come on this…)  Also, check out some of my “fav stuff'” when you have a minute!

warm mushroom and garlic salad
Recipe Type: main, side salad
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Cook time: 
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Yield: 2-4
  • olive oil (enough for dressing too!)
  • ½ box mixed greens
  • 2-3 packages of mushrooms- sliced (can use a variety here if you wish)
  • ¾ red onion- thinly sliced
  • roasted garlic- 6 cloves
  • 4 slices bacon- crispy (ISH)
  • splash of balsamic vinegar (ISH)
  • fresh ground pepper or sea salt to taste
  • can add various types of meat here, such as chicken or beef (I splurged and added bacon)
  1. wash spinach or mixed greens thoroughly
  2. in the meantime, or before, roast garlic in oven (see separate directions) and fry the bacon on the stove top on medium to high heat, until crispy
  3. also during this time, take chopped mushrooms and onions and and saute in frying pan over medium to high heat in olive/coconut oil
  4. cook until caramelized and /or golden brown (until done)
  5. next, add in roasted garlic into the mushroom mix
  6. the next part is easy: grab a handful of the lettuce mix and put it on the plate, next spoon out mushroom mix and top with bacon, chicken, beef or any other meat that you may prefer (this mixture is better warm!)
  7. pour over any aceess juices as the dressing
  8. enjoy!
Roasting garlic is simple--- place peeled garlic bunches into a casserole dish or onto a baking sheet. Make certain that you cut off about ¼ inch of the top to make it even. Pour olive oil over the garlic cloves and add lots of fresh ground peeper and sea salt (optional). Roast in the oven for 45-60 minutes @ 350-400. The leftover garlic can also be stored in the fridge and used later on in the week in other dishes or as a spread.

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