How Mushrooms Dominated The Thanksgiving Table

 In honor of the holiday season, Mushroom Council representative, Bart Minor, shares how mushrooms took over his Thanksgiving table with a flair of nutrition and flavor this past holiday.

As president of the Mushroom Council you would expect my Thanksgiving dining table to be adorned with delectable, savory mushroom dishes – and indeed this past Thanksgiving it was, but not for the reason you would expect.

Taste and flavor plays a large role in my family’s choice to serve fresh mushrooms, but there is one other factor that enticed them to include delicious mushrooms in this holiday meal – the health benefits.

Mushrooms are one of nature’s hidden treasures when it comes to health benefits.  When it’s time to head into the kitchen, fresh mushrooms can be incorporated into several holiday entertaining dishes through the process of swapability, which replaces a portion of meat with chopped fresh mushrooms. This savory fungi provides an extra serving of vegetables and delivers important nutrients including niacin, selenium, and riboflavin. Mushrooms also have vitamin D, ergothionene, and potassium.*

We enjoyed everything from mushroom appetizers, to a turkey filled to the brim with mushroom stuffing. My all-time holiday favorite also made its way to my table thanks to my sister’s green bean and mushroom casserole. At the end of the meal we were all happy, healthy and thankful.

What’s your favorite holiday meal?

*Less than 10 percent of the daily value.

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