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The term “barbecue” is actually derived from barbacoa, and both have become very popular foodie trends. The popular spice blend used in this barbacoa makes this a quicker-cooking mushroom recipe.

Reprinted from The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook (BenBella Books, 2015)


4 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped

3 Tbsp lime juice

2–3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (optional)

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground oregano

pinch ground cloves

2 pounds portobello mushrooms, cut into ½-inch cubes

sea salt and black pepper to taste


2 cups cooked brown rice

2 cups steamed vegetables (broccoli, kale, asparagus, or your choice)

1 recipe Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (see recipe)


1 Combine the garlic, half of the onion, the lime juice, chipotle peppers, cumin, oregano, and cloves in a blender and process until smooth. Set aside.

2 Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining onion and the mushrooms, and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms have released their juices and cooked down, about 10 minutes.

3 Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.

4 Add the marinade to the skillet with the mushrooms, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.


1 To serve, spoon half a cup of brown rice into four bowls.

2 Top with the Barbacoa Mushrooms, steamed vegetables, and the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.

For a milder version of this recipe omit or cut in half the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You may add a teaspoon of smoked paprika in its place.

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