Wild Mushroom Stir-Fry

Asiago is an Italian company, and we’re pleased as punch to carry their frozen, mixed porcini, oyster, shiitake and nameko mushrooms.  Adam introduced this product to me, and we both love how easy it is to make dinner by just adding a few other ingredients!

Mushrooms lack chlorophyll, which means they don’t produce food for themselves through photosynthesis.  Instead they absorb nutrients from compost, leaves, decaying wood, and soil. Wild mushrooms, like those Asiago uses, provide a more intense and exotic flavor, and I like to think more nutrients since that’s usually the case with wild foods.  We all know we need to eat our greens, so make it a habit to throw in veggies like the spinach in the recipe below with your mushrooms.  If you like a chewier mix, chop up kale and stir that in instead of tender spinach.  Or collards or broccoli.

The Many Benefits of CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 is a chemical naturally found in every cell of our bodies.  Indeed, its name in older biochemistry texts, ubiquinone, reflects the fact that it’s so very ubiquitous.  CoQ10 is needed for the generation of energy inside our cells[1].  And obviously, energy is essential to normal functioning of the body.  We don’t blink an eye or think a thought without energy.  Our hearts don’t pump blood, our livers don’t cleanse blood, and our lungs don’t oxygenate blood without energy.  So it’s no surprise how much CoQ10 can do for us.  What is surprising, however, is that when it comes to actually feeling energetic vigorous and alert CoQ10 generally does not do much for people.  Sure, I talk with people now and again who take CoQ10 and do feel physically and mentally energized, but they’re in the minority.  Most of CoQ10’s benefits remain hidden.