Archive for March, 2011

Closing National Nutrition Month with a Bang (and a Book!)

As you mushroom fans probably know, March is National Nutrition Month (NNM). Here at the Channel, nutrition is always top of mind and to keep the momentum going we’re hosting a book giveaway on Twitter this week featuring some of our favorite authors!

You can win a free copy of some of the hottest nutrition books on the market! Re-tweet our hash-tagged #NNM mushroom fact each day, and you’ll be entered to win the daily drawing for one of the following books:

Stay tuned to the Mushroom Channel on Twitter, and in the meantime check out the following roundup of some of our fave nutrition stories from this year – some easy reads that tout the benefits of nature’s hidden treasure:

March Is National Nutrition Month!: announces the American Dietetic Association’s theme for NNM this year: Eat Right with Color. Fill your plates with all the colors of the rainbow! It’s not always bright colored veggies that pack a nutritious punch – those that are light in color (or WHITE) do too, like mushrooms!

Knowing how many calories you need is what counts: To stop weight gain, remember one thing: energy in must equal energy out. In other words, the calories you consume must be equivalent to those you burn and if you want to lose weight, the scale must be tipped toward energy out. USA Today suggests cutting calories by using one of our favorite tricks – substituting mushrooms for meat.

ARE YOU “D”-PRESSED?: Dr. Keith Ayoob blogged about mushrooms as a unique source of vitamin D. That’s right, all mushrooms contain D – they’re the only source in the produce section – and like our skin, they can produce vitamin D when exposed to light.

Finally! Burgers and fries that are good for you: Martha Stewart highlights the benefits of mushrooms in this “TODAY Show” power food cooking segment. Give Stewart’s portabella burger recipe a shot for a healthier twist on one of America’s favorite foods.

2011 Mushroom Channel Contributors

We fungi friends at the Mushroom Channel cannot thank you enough for the truly spectacular submissions. To have so many people wanting to share their passion for mushrooms is both heart-warming and an excellent way source dinner ideas. We are all very grateful and hope you will all continue to keep us informed of your recipes via Twitter and Facebook.

Speaking of being very grateful, we owe a standing ovation to our 2010 team who shared some truly beautiful and creative work.

Without further ado, we are ecstatic to announce the 10 contributing writers who will be sharing their recipes here over the next year. Welcome to the team!

Sauteed Mushrooms, Bacon and Lentils from Leite's Culinaria

We wanted to end the week on a holistically beautiful note. This recipe from Leite’s Culinaria, to us, sounds like the perfect thing to see us through these last clings of winter as we soldier into spring. Hearty but healthy and approved for your Spring Break-friendly menu plan without abandoning great flavor from the bacon- an excellent combination all around. Have a great weekend!

“Every Day, Every Way” Mushroom Recipe Contest is Back!

What do mushrooms, recipes, grills and vacations have in common? Well, the answer could be, YOU!

Our third annual “Every Day, Every Way” mushroom recipe contest with Taste of Home kicks off today, and this year it’s better than ever. Send in your best mushroom recipes and you could win a vacation for two including a premier chef’s experience at the Culinary Institute of America. PLUS! Each week we’re giving away a sweet, new Weber® charcoal grill. How’s that for getting a head start on summer?

How to Enter:

Submit your recipe at Taste of Home in any of the following three categories, as many times as you want. Just get your entries in by August 1, 2011.

  • Breakfast: Show us how you incorporate mushrooms into the most important meal of the day.
  • Appetizers & Sides: Snacks, dips, soups and salads get the party started.
  • Main Dish: Savory, filling, rich and delicious; mushrooms’ flavor makes any meal memorable.

We can’t wait to see how you all are cooking with mushrooms every day, every way – whether they’re at the heart of the dish; featured in soups, stir-fries, tacos, pastas or omelets; stuffed, grilled or sautéed – we’re counting on your creativity!

Prize Details:

Every week, from March 1 – August 1, we’re giving away a black Weber 22-½’’ One Touch® Gold charcoal grill. Enter new recipes throughout the contest. Each week, one will be selected at random, and you could win a Weber grill.

One winner from each category will have their submissions highlighted on and will win a vacation for two including a premier chef’s experience at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). This trip includes airfare or car service, hotel accommodations and registration to participate in a cooking class at one of three CIA campus locations: Napa, CA; San Antonio, TX; or Hyde Park, NY.

For complete details and contest rules, click here.