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April 4, 2017

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Mushrooms provide loads of vitamins and antioxidants. One case study found that daily intake of fresh and dried mushrooms decreased risk of breast cancer by 64 percent and 47 percent, respectively.


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Marinated Mushroom Burgers

Marinated Mushroom Burgers

Serve with whole-grain buns and all the fixings!

Serves 3 (2 caps per person)


6 medium or large portobello mushrooms 
2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)


Preheat a grill to high or medium-high.

Using a damp towel or paper towel, wipe the mushroom caps to gently clean. Use a spoon to scrape the gills from the underside of the mushrooms. Discard the scrapings.

In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder, whisking well. Add the mushroom caps and gently turn in the marinade to coat evenly.

Place the mushrooms (scraped side up) on the grill and sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper, if using. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes on the first side, until grill marks have formed and the mushrooms have softened slightly. Flip, and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the caps are cooked through.

Source: The Cheese Trap, by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Dreena Burton, chef, founder of

Per serving (1/3 of recipe without bun): Calories: 59; Protein: 4 g; Carbohydrate: 11 g; Sugar: 7 g; Total Fat: 1 g; Calories from Fat: 9%; Fiber: 3 g; Sodium: 45 mg

Please feel free to tailor Physicians Committee recipes to suit your individual dietary needs.

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Food for  Life

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