Updated: Jan 14, 2019
I use a very special mushroom to make this vegan Lobsta' Po-Boy taste just like lobster. It not only taste delicious it's also good for your brain!
I wanted to share this very special recipe with you! I've been growing Lion's Mane mushroom. Pretty crazy right! I've been learning a lot about this mushroom and it's medicinal purposes.
Hericium erinaceus is it's proper name but is also known as lion's mane, monkey head, bearded tooth mushroom, satyr's beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, or bearded tooth fungus. LOL. You'll get why they call it this when you see what it looks like (don't worry I have a pic further down, it's coming!) I recently discovered the world of medicinal mushrooms after listening or more like watching: Joe Rogan's podcast episode with Paul Stamets (episode #1035). I must say I've become obsessed! After learning the health benefits that come from these fungi, how could I not?
Lion's Mane improves brain function and has been shown to prevent and even reverse brain degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Dementia . This really stuck out to me because my dad had Parkinson's and I wish I knew about this mushroom when he was still alive.
The science behind Lion's Mane is pretty fascinating! It actually helps stimulate Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) production. NGF is a neurotrophic factor and neuropeptide primarily involved in the regulation of growth, maintenance, proliferation, and survival of certain target neurons .
That's right Lion's Mane can help regrow dead or damaged cells!
So now that we know how it works what effects are noticeable from taking Lion's Mane on a consistent basis?
Improved focus, concentration and memory.
Lion's Mane should be taken on a daily basis to gain the benefits it has to offer. I currently take Host Defense: Brain capsules that contain 300 mg of Lion's Mane mycelium in it with a few other mushrooms/herbs. I've been taking it for over a month now and have noticed a significant benefit. I'm able to focus and figure out solutions quicker.
Pretty insane right!
While doing research on Lion's Mane people reported it taste like Lobster! I had to try it but I couldn't find this mushroom at any of the grocery stores I go to in Toronto. So I decided to buy a grow kit. It was super easy, all I had to do was cut a square in the box and a slit in the bag and spray it 3 times a day! I also kept it covered with a plastic bag and cut slits in it for humidity.
3 weeks later (Spongebob narrator voice)....
Now you can see why Lion's Mane is well called Lion's Mane. The mushroom starts to grow these little icicle looking things. If you look up Lion's Mane in the wild they look way more beard like.
I harvested the mushroom a little too late because it started to turn beige on the top and it started to dry out a little. The next time around I'll probably harvest a little earlier. I've seen a couple videos of Lion's Mane that was purchased at a grocery store and the mushrooms look fairly young. I still need to figure out the right time to harvest. If you know, drop me a line!
I've probably talked you to death on Lion's Mane so let's get to the real reason why you're here... for my Lobsta Po' Boy recipe! Let's GO! :D
3 cups lion's mane mushrooms
drizzled olive oil
3 tbs ground flaxseeds
8 tbs water
⅓ cup cornmeal
⅓ cup rice flour
2 tbs hemp seeds
1 tsp cajan seasoning
¼ tsp cayenne
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Dill pickles, sliced
2-4 hot dog buns/sandwich roll, toasted if desired (I used gluten free)
Chips, I used Hawaiian BBQ Kettle brand (yuuummm :P)
1 1/2 tbs yellow mustard
1 cups mayonnaise, I used vegenaise
1 tbs worcestershire sauce, I used vegan
1 tbs paprika, I used smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce, I used Red's
2 tbs white wine vinegar
1 tsp dried parsley, or fresh
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cut the Lion's Mane into bite size pieces
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt
Mix well, set aside
Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees
Line baking sheet with parchment paper
In a small bowl whisk together [A], set aside
Mix [C] & [D] together in a small bowl
Transport [C/D] mixture to a plate
Dip Lion's Mane piece into the flax mix ensure completely covered and allow the extra to drip off
Then cover with breading mixture [C/D]
Repeat until all Lion's Mane pieces are breaded
Bake until golden brown about 10 to 15 min
While the Lion's Mane is baking prep the condiments
Toast bread separately if possible, when there's about 5 min left for the Lion's Mane to cook
Slice the tomatoes, pickles and lemon, set aside
Wash lettuce and dry
Now make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together! Literally that's it!
Make your sandwich & ENJOY!!