Brunching with Mushrooms

We all know that brunch isn’t just a meal, it’s a way of life. Whether sweet, savory, healthy or indulgent, brunch makes any weekend complete. Lucky for you, mushrooms have your back when it comes to brunch, no matter your style. Pair any of these drool-worthy dishes with a good cup of coffee (or mimosa!) and get this brunch party started.

For The Classic Breakfast Lover: Potato Breakfast Hash with Eggs & Mushrooms
Brunch with The Blend: Portabella mushrooms blend seamlessly with Italian sausage.

For the Comfort-food Seeker: Buttermilk Biscuits and Mushrooms Gravy from Sarcastic Cooking
A healthy dose of Southern charm and buttery goodness.

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For the Sweet Tooth: Portabella Waffles with Balsamic Syrup
Portabella waffles? We’re making it a thing.

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For the Person Who Lives to Brunch: Truffle Mushroom Eggs Benedict
Meaty mushrooms, rich eggs and flaky biscuits = winning.

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For the Health Nut: Egg Mushroom Kale Skillet from Add a Pinch
Boost your brunch with superfoods in a skillet.

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Show Your Heart Some Love with Mushrooms

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The month of February is all about the heart – as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. With heart disease listed as the number one cause of death in the United States, February is a good time to assess the foods you consume to help keep your heart healthy. One simple tip for your ticker: trim calories and fat from meat dishes by blending meat with mushrooms. Mushrooms are naturally low in calories, fat free and cholesterol free, and still add delicious flavor.

In celebration of this heart-focused month, we’re sharing dishes to make hearts happy – from romantic appetizers for two to hearty meals for the entire family.

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Layer portabella mushrooms with mozzarella, tomato, and spinach for a fresh take on the Caprese salad and a lovely light lunch or pre-dinner salad.

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Mushroom-Chorizo-Stuffed Mushrooms in Port Wine Sauce
These oven-roasted, mushroom- and chorizo-stuffed mushrooms bathed in port wine sauce are sure to impress any date.

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Pepper Burrito “Bowls”
Meaty portabella mushrooms take the place of meat in these vegetarian pepper burrito bowls. Brown rice and beans make a healthy yet satisfying addition to the filling.

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Lamb Ragout
This one-pot ragout is an easy family meal or romantic entrée for two. Mushrooms blend seamlessly with ground lamb, extending portion sizes and boosting flavor.

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Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup
What’s cozier than curling up with a big bowl of soup? This creamy soup by Chez Us is rich, smooth, and believe it or not, doesn’t contain any dairy.

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Middle Eastern Meatballs with Cinnamon Spiced Tomato Sauce
Spice up a classic recipe: blended mushrooms add flavor and texture while the cinnamon and bulgur provide a pleasantly surprising twist.

Combat the Cold with Johnny Rockets’ New Portobello Chicken Sandwich

This time of year, the weather outside is frightful – but inside a Johnny Rockets? Delightful! (Thanks to the latest addition to its menu, the Portobello Chicken Sandwich.)

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Johnny Rockets is beating winter blues by offering the ultimate comfort—and quality—sandwich: all-natural, farm-raised, grilled chicken breast topped with juicy Portobello mushrooms, smoked Gouda cheese, fresh spring mix, Applewood smoked bacon and mayonnaise served on a brioche bun. A sizzling combination to warm you to the core!

Known for creating high quality, delicious and innovative foods, Johnny Rockets has us craving this new mouth-watering mushroom masterpiece. The sandwich is available for a limited time this winter, so fight the flurries and make your way to Johnny Rockets today!

The Blend: Your New Year’s Resolution Solution

Resolving to be healthier in 2016? You’re not alone. According to a recent survey, Americans have resolved to “live a healthier lifestyle” this year. The key to keeping resolutions: make simple shifts toward healthier long-term eating patterns, such as adding more veggies to your favorite foods as recommended in the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.

This year, resolve to try The Blend, combining chopped mushrooms with ground meat, to help you stay on track without sacrificing flavor. Here are three healthy perks of The Blend:

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  • Trim calories and fat. Mushrooms are naturally low in calories, fat free and cholesterol free. Research shows that increasing the intake of lower calorie foods, specifically mushrooms, in place of those higher in calories, like ground beef, can be an effective method for reducing calorie and fat intake while still feeling full and satisfied after a meal.
  • Reduce sodium intake. Excessive levels of sodium may put you at risk for high blood pressure, stroke and even kidney disease. Fortunately, mushrooms are low in sodium and rich in umami – meaning enhanced flavor without the added salt.
  • Add nutrients. Mushrooms provide important nutrients such a vitamin D, B vitamins, antioxidants and potassium. Plus, blending mushrooms into a recipe can add an easy serving of vegetables to the plate.

Don’t just take it from us, test the benefits of The Blend in your favorite recipes. This one pot lamb ragout is a flavorful and easy weeknight meal the entire family will enjoy.

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Enoki Mushroom Stir-Fry

After over-indulging during the holidays it feels great to cook up a weeknight dinner that is easy and healthy. This fast and flavorful stir-fry from A Cozy Kitchen fits the bill and is sure to please!

My favorite thing to do in the New Year is to take a small break from all the sugar and carbs that consume my diet throughout the month of November and December. This is Enoki Mushroom Stir-Fry is a good start. Brown rice is spiked with a bit of mirin resulting in rice that is super flavorful. The stir-fry itself consists of green Swiss chard, freshly grated ginger, spicy jalapeño and earthy enoki mushrooms.

Enoki Mushroom Stir-Fry by A Cozy Kitchen

The stir-fry is cooked with a good amount of soy sauce and lime juice resulting in something bright and delicious. I love topping this whole thing with a lightly fried egg and then mixing it all together.

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Serves: 2

Ingredients:

Rice:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup brown rice
1/2 cup water
Salt
1 teaspoon mirin

Stir-Fry:
2 teaspoons sesame oil or olive oil
3 leaves of swiss chard, leaves removed from the stems and stems chopped
3 green onions, trimmed and sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 fresno or jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon mirin
1 bunch of enoki mushrooms (feel free to substitute)
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1/4 lime
1 large egg

Directions:
1. In a medium pot, set over medium heat, add a teaspoon of olive oil, swirling it around to coat the bottom. Pour in the rice, along with the water, salt and the mirin. Bring to a simmer and then immediately turn the heat to low and cover slightly. Cook the rice for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the water is completely evaporated.

2. To a medium sauté pan, set over medium heat, heat the sesame oil. When hot, add the swiss chard stems and green onions; cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Mix in the minced garlic, grated ginger, jalapeño pepper and cook for an additional minute, until the garlic is fragrant—it should start to smell awesome. Pour in the soy sauce, mirin, swiss chard leaves, mushrooms and sesame seeds; give it a good mix and cook for an additional minute or two until the vegetables have softened. Squeeze in the lime juice, turn the heat down to low and cover.

3.In a small saute pan, fry up an egg or two. Serve stir-fry on brown rice and top with the fried egg.