Linguine with Seared Oyster Mushrooms

2 cups oyster mushrooms

water

6 ounces whole wheat vegan linguine

16 oz. crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

1 tablespoon capers

juice of 1 lemon

option: 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

4 large basil leaves

Chop the oyster mushrooms into very large pieces.  Over high heat, sear them until they partially brown.  Set them aside.  Bring enough water to a boil to cook the pasta.  Boil the pasta until it is just barely done.  Drain.  While the pasta is boiling, add the crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, capers, lemon juice, and optional crushed red pepper to a pot.  Simmer this for about 5 minutes.  Roll the basil leaves together and slice the roll along the width into thin strips.  Plate the pasta, then pour the sauce over it and top with the fresh basil.  Finish the dish off by topping each serving with the seared oyster mushrooms.

The gourmet touch:  use half the oyster mushrooms, preparing them as above.  In a separate pan, simmer 1/2 cup chanterelle mushrooms in white wine until they are soft.  Remove the chanterelles from the wine and mix them with the seared oyster mushrooms, topping the finished dish with them.

Recipe from: 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart by Dr. Neal D. Barnard, MD