It was the first time I've ever used morels myself. I've had them prepared by others. They're pretty expensive at $20 a pound and I m not a mushroom expert. I wouldn't feel safe picking them myself. Christy had some at the produce store, so I picked up a quarter pound. They really have a great flavor and from what I've heard, pretty nutritious.
Health Benefits of Morels
"The nutritional content of morel mushrooms provides several health benefits, including cardiovascular and weight loss support. A 1-cup serving of morel mushrooms provides 1.8 g of fiber. Fiber absorbs bile acids in the intestines and prevents them from re-entering the bloodstream and forming cholesterol, a substance that clogs arteries and causes cardiac arrest and stroke. It also slows carbohydrate digestion, along with the 2 g of protein in morels. Together these macro-nutrients maintain a steady blood glucose level that provides consistent energy throughout the day, preventing binging and excessive snacking."
Morels & Fresh Asparagus with Cream Sauce
About 1/4 lb fresh morels
1 tablespoon salt for soaking morels
1 lb fresh asparagus
2 tablespoons vegan margarine, I used Earth Balance
2 Cups non dairy milk, not low fat (soy or hemp work best for a creamy texture)
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons grated Daiya mozzarella cheese
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
8 ounces of your favorite pasta
Rinse morels and slice in half, soak in filtered water with about 1 tablespoon salt for an hour or more, drain and rinse with filtered water.
Cook, drain, and rinse pasta.
Steam the asparagus for about 3 minutes until bright green. The asparagus should be 'al dente. Remove to colander and cool with water. Cut asparagus into 1 " pieces. Set aside.
In large skillet over medium high heat, add margarine and morels. Cook the morels until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the milk and cook until bubbly and begins to thicken. Add lemon juice, zest, salt, pepper, green onions, and parsley. Simmer about 3 minutes or less. Combine with asparagus and pasta. Serve immediately.
This should serve about 4