Kid Chef Mushroom Sauce

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Mushrooms are fungi that grow in the shade of trees and plants. Mushrooms are low in fat, containing protein, potassium, and vitamin D. Kids can get oyster mushroom or shiitake mushroom kits at health food stores. Mushroom kits come with a small “log” of sawdust impregnated with fungus spores. Kids can soak the “log”, put it on a tray, cover it with a plastic bag, and wait a few days. The fast growing mushrooms are fun to watch develop and tasty to eat fresh. Button, Cremini, and Portobello mushrooms are forms of the same species of mushroom and mix together nicely. Portobello mushrooms have a rich taste and meaty texture. Kids can put 1 chopped organic Portobello mushroom, a bunch of chopped organic oyster mushrooms, and 1 minced garlic clove on an oven pan, sprinkle with organic extra virgin olive oil, and roast in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Kids can make a roux, melting 1 tbsp butter, mixing 1 tbsp of whole wheat pastry flour, and stir in ½ cup half and half. Gather fresh sprigs of herbs from the garden, rosemary, sage, basil, parsley, thyme, and oregano, and cut finely using scissors into the roux. Pour the roasted mushroom mix into the roux and add ½ tsp sea salt and ¼ tsp curry powder. Kids can make a fun organic potato mash by chopping 1 russet potato, 1 carrot, and 1 leek, steaming the veggies, and mashing them with 1 tbsp butter, ¼ cup sour cream, and sea salt. Kids can pour the mushroom sauce over this potato mash. The sauce is also delicious over rice or noodles.

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