Shiitake Mushrooms and Brown Rice En Papillote

Photo: Bryan Gardner

Long used for healing in Asia, meaty shiitakes are one of the best foods to eat for health, boasting a special combination of antioxidants that boost immune function and lower oxidative stress in the body. Try substituting mushrooms for meat in meals -- it slashes calories and improves your well-being without leaving you hungry, according to a study in the journal Appetite.


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice

  • 4 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms

  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme

  • Coarse salt and pepper

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 cup fresh greens

  • Lemon wedges


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Cut 4 pieces parchment paper (12-by-16 inches each). Divide rice among each parchment piece. Top with mushrooms and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil.

  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, bake until packet is puffed and mushrooms are cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Divide greens and squeeze with lemon.

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