One of my most favourite comforting bowls of yum? Chicken & Mushroom Risotto.
It’s warming, hearty and delicious. What’s not to love?
And the best part about this recipe is that you can really make it your own and try out different flavour combinations.
For example, if you’re not feeling mushrooms and onions, try out…
The combinations are endless – and all equally delicious.
While rice is naturally gluten-free, many of our clients in The Clear Skin Solution have issues digesting it. Additionally, rice may cause “cross-reactivity” in those that are celiac or have gluten sensitivity. Cross-reactivity happens when the body confuses certain foods for gluten.
The immune system makes antibodies which target intruders (that the body thinks is there to harm you). For those with a sensitivity, the immune system has “tagged” gluten as an intruder.
Unfortunately, the immune system can misidentify other molecule structures as invaders. If the structure is similar to the one your antibodies are hunting – it also gets slapped with a bad guy sticker.
So if your immune system is scanning for gluten, foods that have a similar structure can be incorrectly labelled as bad, too. Foods like dairy, corn, millet, oats, yeast and rice have a similar protein structure to gluten.
Once these foods are flagged, the immune system responds to the intruders. Pro-inflammatory chemicals are released into the body which increases systemic inflammation levels.
If you’re still struggling with symptoms even after removing gluten, you may want to consider temporarily avoiding these foods, too.
Scientists are still debating how many species of mushrooms exist. Some report tens of thousands and some report 2M+. While we won’t be discussing all the individual mushroom species and their benefits, we will focus on one of my favourites.
Native to East Asia, shiitakes are part of the Lentinula edodes species. They’ve been used in traditional herbal medicine for thousands of years thanks to their big-time health benefits.
So, let’s list a few perks to the shiitake mushroom…
Looking for other ways to enjoy this powerhouse mushroom? Try it in my Simple Tomato, Spinach & Shiitake Mushroom Frittata or add them to my Ginger Beef Stir-Fry.
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