Versatile Veggies: The Benefits of Adding More to Your Diet

February 9, 2021, 11:00 am

Increasing vegetable and fruit intake can help lead to lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect on blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check. It is also important to note that switching to a full vegan diet means keeping a closer eye on your nutrient intake.  Be sure to have a conversation with your primary care physician before starting a new diet to ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs to thrive and that there won’t be any adverse effects with your current medications.

Even without a full dietary change to veganism, individuals can still reap the benefits of increased nutrition by including more fruits and vegetables where they can. The portabella mushroom is one vegetable that many people use as a substitute for beef. When cooked, it maintains its firmer texture without getting mushy as some vegetables do. It makes an excellent patty for burgers and is often used as a stand in for steak in many dishes. Here is one delicious recipe that makes the simple change of trading steak for portabella mushrooms.

Portobello Mushroom Fajitas

  • ¼ cup Taco seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Lime juiced, ¼ cup
  • 1 ½ lbs Portobello mushrooms, cut into thick ¾-inch slices
  • 1 Red onion, sliced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • Small flour tortillas

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In a large bowl make a marinade using the taco seasoning, olive oil and lime juice.
  3. Toss the portobello mushrooms in the marinade until evenly coated.
  4. Spread ingredients across an oiled baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. If you want to add some char to the mushrooms and veggies, broil for another 3 minutes.
  5. Serve with warm tortillas, salsa, guacamole, avocado, and fresh cilantro.





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