Transform Mushrooms Into the Main Attraction

On hectic weeknights, quick and hearty meals are a must for busy families. Instead of racing through the preparation of an intricate dinner, seek a simpler road and kick your favorite side dish recipes up a notch by adding mushrooms. Most often, even the most humble of side dishes can become a savory main attraction when a few hearty mushrooms are added to the mix.

In addition to adding flavor and heartiness that can’t be beat, mushrooms provide a great alternative to meat in virtually any recipe. No defrosting necessary! Below are just a few ways to makeover “side dishes” into hearty, mushroom-filled meals:

  • Taco Salad – Mushrooms and meat blend together to create a savory filling in this better-for-you combo the entire family will gather around.
  • Couscous with Mushrooms and Herbs – With the help of some pantry staples, this hearty and filling couscous recipe is transformed into a standout dish thanks to the addition of mushrooms.
  • Mushroom Feta Quinoa Risotto – You won’t miss the meat in this vegetarian risotto! Accented by meaty mushrooms and feta cheese, this dish is hearty enough to shine on its own.
  • Grilled Mushroom Cobb Salad – The addition of grilled portabella mushrooms brings this traditional cobb salad from side to center stage of your dinner plate.
  • Rustic Mushroom Tart – A simple and savory mushroom tart makes a big impression and is hearty enough to be served as the main event.
  • Mushroom Brie Quesadillas with Mango Papaya Chutney – A mix of exotic flavors, these out of the ordinary quesadillas offer a twist on a simple dish and offers more than enough flavor to stand on their own.

For more Mushroom Makeover inspiration, check out our dedicated Mushroom Meal Makeovers for 2014 Pinterest board. How will mushrooms be spicing up your dinner?

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