Asparagus and Mushroom Almodine




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Asparagus and Mushroom Almondine

Ingredient List:

  • Approximately 3 ounces coconut milk (15F)
  • 3 cups mushrooms, quartered (1C)
  • 3 bunches asparagus, cut into thirds (4C)
  • 1 small handful fresh garlic, minced (.5C)
  • 1 small handful shaved almonds (2F)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (18F)
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Freshly ground red chili, to taste
  • Water, as needed

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Heat a 14” sauté pan over high heat, add coconut oil and garlic. Cook until golden brown.
  2. Add almonds and cook until toasted.
  3. Mix in asparagus, salt and pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Toss and water as needed.
  5. Mix in mushrooms and cover to steam.
  6. Sprinkle with freshly ground red chili.
  7. Stir in coconut cream.
  8. Cut the heat, give the mixture one last toss, then plate and top with some protein.
  9. Share with your friends!

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Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (0)

We have no protein in this recipe.

Carbohydrates: (5)

We have  a very small amount of Carbs in this recipe.  We start with 3 cups of mushrooms.  We measure 4 cups equaling one block so therefore we have ¾ of a block from mushrooms.

To round out that carb block with a small handful of garlic.  Although it doesn’t give a quantity, if we say we will use about 3 cloves that will give us about the extra ¼ of a block needed to make one whole block.

Then we have the asparagus.  It calls for 3 bunches.  On average we say that about 12 spears equal one block, if we say that there are 16 spears in each bunch, then we will say we have about 4 Carb blocks from Asparagus.

Fats: (32)

We are getting a heavy dosage of fats in this recipe, but needed to make it taste so great!  Starting with the coconut milk, we are using about 4oz, or a ¼ of a cup.  In one tablespoon of coconut milk there is 3g of fat, and we know that in ¼ of a cup there are 4 tablespoons, therefore we have 12 Fat blocks from the coconut milk.

Then we 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.  With 1/3 of a teaspoon equaling one block, we know there are three teaspoons in one tablespoon so therefore we have 18 Fat blocks from coconut oil.

Finally, we are using a small handful of shaved almonds.  Again this has no measure called for in the recipe, but if we go with about 3 tablespoons,  we know that 1.5 tablespoons equals 1 block therefore 2 blocks equals 3 tablespoons.

Balancing Act:

We have 32 Fat blocks and 5 Carb blocks from this recipe, so if you broke this down into 8 servings, it would be 4 fat blocks each.  The carb block would be so small that I would count it as ½ block towards my total Carb count, and make sure I’m getting my other blocks from other veggies supplementing this. Enjoy!

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