This is a unique superfood as it grows from spores, making it a fungi. Mushrooms are full of umami, making them flavorful, nutritious additions to almost any meal. Often grouped with vegetables, mushrooms provide many of the nutritional attributes of produce, as well as those more commonly found in meat, beans or grains. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more.

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Portobello Reuben

Yield: 4 sandwiches

2 cups water
1 TBSP pickling spice
1 TBSP salt
1 TBSP sugar, granulated
4 each portobello mushrooms
8 each rye bread slices
8 each swiss cheese, slices
4 TBSP 1000 Island salad dressing
2 cups sauerkraut

*mushrooms are soaked in brine overnight

1. Place water in pot with the pickling spice, salt and sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
2. Remove stems from the mushrooms. Place mushroom caps in a shallow bowl with the brine. Place a weight on top to keep the mushrooms completely submerged and cure overnight.
3. Drain mushrooms, slice thinly, and set aside.
4. Toast bread and smear each slice of bread with 1/2 TBSP of 1000 Island dressing and 1 slice of swiss cheese.
5. On four of the cheese breads, place 1 sliced portobello, 1/2 cup sauerkraut, and top with second slice of cheese dressed bread.
6. Press and toast sandwich until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.
Per sandwich: 514 cal, 22 g fat, 9 g sat fat, 44 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 392 mg sodium, 35 g protein


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