[WATCH] Can’t Believe It’s Vegan: Pressed BBQ Oyster Mushrooms

Are you interested in veering into the vegan lifestyle but don’t know how to make a healthy and tasty meal that will satisfy your tastebuds?

Transitioning into a healthier lifestyle is definitely a challenge when we grew up with certain eating habits. Most people tend to enjoy the seasonings, fattiness and smokiness that comes with eating meat. If you took those factors away and offered them raw meat it probably wouldn’t be as appealing.

Oyster mushrooms are a vegan favorite because of it’s delicate texture and ability to transform. Fried Oyster Mushrooms or sauteed oyster mushrooms are popular choices. A cup of raw oyster mushrooms has 28 calories, 3 grams of protein, 5 grams of carbohydrates, and zero grams of fat. They are a good source of essential vitamins and minerals like riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, and copper. The mushrooms have broad, thin, oyster- or fan-shaped caps and are white, gray, or tan, with gills lining the underside. The caps are sometimes frilly-edged and can be found in clusters of small mushrooms or individually as larger mushrooms. Vegan chef Derek Sarno created an innovative press-and-sear technique that capitalizes on meat-like flavor. Pressing the mushrooms between 2 cast irons creates an incredible fatty-like burnt edge that changes the vegan game.

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Once pressed and seared, you can serve the charred meat-like mushrooms with your favorite sauce and a knife and fork. You can slice them up to use in a sandwich, top over a quinoa bowl with pickled red onions and kale or skewer them and serve them dry with BBQ sauce .”

Watch the technique below!

Would you try this?