Mushroom Sando that looks and tastes like chicken.



On this week’s episode of Are You Ready Joanne Molinaro, I bring to you the story of a friend who changed my entire life—literally. As we’ve discussed in the past few weeks, we sometimes view getting vulnerable and leaning on our friends or others as “weak” or “cowardly.” But, healthy friendships can guard against a host of health problems, as well as loneliness and isolation. And, at least in my case, can completely change the course of your career.

Also, in this week’s Ask Joanne, we tackle the question by Samantha: Is depression real? Or is it just a mindset?

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This post is dedicated to the friend who changed the course of my entire life. Friends can do that, you know? I think there’s this belief that some of us carry that it’s somehow weak to rely on friendships, to accept help when it’s given to us. Or maybe we are suspicious of such offers, wondering “well, if you do this for me, what will I owe you?” I’m definitely one of those persons! Lucky for me, all Kim-Julie wanted from me was a book, and I delivered—three years later, but still!
At the end of the day, not all of us are built with an innate sense of confidence. I wish I could step forward with certainty day-in and day-out, but the truth is, I’m always second guessing the path I’ve chosen, and I am far more intimate with uncertainty than I am with assurance. As such, friends who believe in me—a little more than I believe in myself—have played a crucial role in achieving success and, more importantly, helping me to define purpose, without which I’d never know the kind of joy that I’ve claimed as my inheritance.
As for the sandwich featured herein, I used oyster mushrooms from my local farmer’s market, created a dredge using a blend of some all purpose flour, sweet white rice flour, and some of my favorite ramen seasoning. For the liquid portion, I used the same blend, plus a little vegan egg, and sparkling water. Dipped the mushrooms: DRY, WET, DRY before dropping them in some hot oil. For my sandwich dressing, I mixed gochujang, hummus, chopped bread and butter pickles, and some pickle juice—it turned out AMAZING. For a little extra crunch, I mixed together some julienned carrot and cabbage. Enjoy!

Joanne Lee Molinaro is a Korean American trial lawyer, New York Times best-selling author, James Beard Award-winner, and host of the Are You Ready podcast. With nearly 5 million fans spread across her social media platforms, Joanne has appeared on The Food Network, CBS Saturday Morning, ABC’s Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Today Show, PBS, and The Rich Roll Podcast. She’s been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, NPR, and CNN; and her debut cookbook was selected as one of “The Best Cookbooks of 2021” by The New York Times and The New Yorker among others.

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  1. That looks fantastic. My friends who have supported me and changed my life are priceless and I appreciate them so much. They are dogs and 1 human and while that seems strange, they are amazing. Thank you to all of those with 1 friend and many friends that support us. We all appreciate you so much❤

  2. i can
    her name is Nina i met her in my 18 and we lived together in a dorm and she was the one who had more experience in life and she was really straight forward and honest to me without any hide meanings, she helped me to grow up and i was able to adapt her experience to mine
    and I'm on this point in life where probably our paths would go separately and i don't mind, bc she is still the person who's presence in my life i value and she helped me to understand that if you fell that you need to move on – move on do not stay somewhere in order not hurt someones feelings bc you hurting yourself eventually

  3. That’s a REAL friend & Mentor ❤ people like that are so good to have because she is right. So many people from all cultures enjoy Korean/Asian food so much but veganism makes it difficult to still enjoy those foods & you are truly a trailblazer now for so many people.

  4. You are the Auntie I don't have and wish I did. I love your advice and stories. I am going to be 49 in two weeks. My son is 18 and graduating high school in six weeks. I am a history teacher and struggling along. I am going to write that book that I have always wanted to write. The worst that will happen is that no one will read it. My best friend keeps telling me to do it. I will take your video as the sign that I need to do it.

  5. I’m privileged to say I can name a friend who’s changed my life, long story short he showed me how friends are supposed to treat each-other and became the first person I’m not afraid of losing even if it hurts. He set an example of everything that could be done even when you’ve gone through the worst parts of your life thinking it never gets better.