Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

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  • August 13, 2017
Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

I have a strong affinity for mushrooms —the culinary ones, not the other ones. I especially love cooking with shiitakes, and this recipe is one of my favorite ways to use them. Shiitakes are not only full of vitamins and minerals, but also possess some amazing anti-inflammatory and disease-preventing properties.

This recipe can stand on its own, but can also serve as a hearty side dish or even as a co-star in an entree featuring a protein like fish, chicken, or your favorite vegan alternative — if you eat those things, of course. If you’re looking for more interesting dishes and ways to expand your healthy food explorations, this shiitake mushroom recipe is a simple and rewarding option.

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Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute


  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small or 1 large leek, sliced
  • 1/4 small red onion, small dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lb shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


  1. Heat up the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the leeks and red onions to the pan, and saute until translucent (about 5-10 minutes).
  3. Add garlic and stir until aromatic (about 30 seconds).
  4. Add the mushrooms and saute for another 5-10 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender.
  5. Toss with salt and pepper, and then add your Dijon mustard. Toss to combine. Remove from the heat.
  6. Serve as is, or in any creative way imaginable! Enjoy!

To see how simple it is to create this unique and elegant dish, watch this video:

Compliance Level:
This recipe is compliant on Kickstart, Lifestyle, and Performance levels.

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Former pastry chef turned certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and healthy chef, Lauren is now in the throes of her most challenging work to date: motherhood. When she’s not mushing up food for her daughter, her goal is to not only create recipes for healthy food that taste good, but also to help people create a recipe for their own, unique healthy life. One that’s designed specifically to suit their needs, wants, and of course, taste buds!

You can check out her recipes for both food and for life at Delectable You. There you will also find over ninety cooking videos for your viewing pleasure.

Lauren lives in Malibu, California with her adventurer husband, Ted. Together they own a yoga studio called 5 Point Yoga, as well as an Adventure Yoga Retreats company that takes people all over the world doing yoga and, well, having adventures! Think skiing, yoga, and P90X in Jackson Hole, Mammoth, and Chamonix, surfing and yoga in Costa Rica, hiking Machu Piccu in Peru — you know, that kind of thing.

When she’s not cooking, recipe testing, and living and breathing health and wellness (and now chasing after her infant), she’s writing about it all on her blog. She’s also been published on The Good Men Project, Babble, Beyond Yoga, and The Elephant Journal, and has been regularly writing for a health and wellness PR firm for the last three years.

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