Oh Yum: Vegan White Bean and Mushroom Crostini

Oh Yum: Vegan White Bean and Mushroom Crostini

 Food styling and photography: Suzanne Clements | www.snapsandpics.com

Food styling and photography: Suzanne Clements | www.snapsandpics.com

 Food Styling and Photography: Suzanne Clements | www.snapsandpics.com

Food Styling and Photography: Suzanne Clements | www.snapsandpics.com

 Food Styling and Photography: Suzanne Clements | www.snapsandpics.com

Food Styling and Photography: Suzanne Clements | www.snapsandpics.com

White Bean Spread:

1 can (16 oz.) white beans of choice, we used navy beans
1 heavy pinch of maldon salt (yummy flaky sea salt)
2 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
fresh thyme to taste

Combine ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. This makes a great butter replacement on sandwiches of all kinds.

Mushroom topping:

3 cups sliced mushrooms (the more varieties the merrier, check asian markets for more exotic options, but a good blend of shiitake, portabello, and button can work too)
1 tbsp oil (avocado or olive oil)
1 splash of red wine (any dry red will work)
sea salt to taste (we used a pinch)
1/4 cup chopped olives (we used kalamata)
capers
fresh herbs like oregano and thyme

Add mushrooms and sea salt to a pan with olive oil and sauté on medium, stirring frequently until they release their liquids (about 5-10 minutes). Pour in red wine, and allow to simmer until the liquid has been reduced completely. Stir in olives and capers.

Crostini:

1 loaf of crusty, seed-laden bread
avocado oil spray

Preheat oven to 350°.  Slice bread into half inch pieces. Spray both sides lightly with avocado oil, place on cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown, flip and repeat. Keep an eye on them so they don't get too dark as different bread varieties will brown at different rates.

To assemble:

Smear the crostini liberally with the white bean spread, top with the sautéed mushrooms and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. Yum!

 

Eating the Rainbow: Enjoy an Array of Brightly Colored Fruits and Vegetables for Rich Nutrition

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Mushrooms -- eat 'em every day!

Mushrooms -- eat 'em every day!