Archive for January, 2016

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.

Enoki Mushroom Stir-Fry

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.

Recipes to Keep Your Resolutions on Track

Recipes to Keep Your Resolutions on Track

New Year’s resolutions are in full effect. Like most of you, we are ready to take control of 2016 with a healthy and delicious meal plan. This year, the Mushroom Council would like to encourage everyone to see their resolutions through by consuming fewer calories and making informed food choices. Lucky for us, mushrooms can help!

Whether you are preparing appetizers, lunch or dinner, it’s easy to incorporate nutritious mushrooms:

  • Add mushrooms as a topping to favorites like avocado toast and seared salmon. Boosts flavor and nutrients in a matter of minutes.
  • Blend meat and mushrooms to naturally lower calories and saturated fat in classic dishes like meatloaf and fried rice. Don’t sacrifice flavor, mushrooms add umami.
  • Get creative and serve mushrooms in new ways! Stuff them with winter veggies or wrap a delicious Asian blend in buttery Boston lettuce.

How will you add mushrooms to your 2016 resolutions?

Asian Blended Lettuce WrapsAsian Lettuce Wraps
Lighten up lettuce wraps by blending half the beef with meaty tasting mushrooms.

Seared Baja Salmon Topped with MushroomsBaja Salmon with Mushrooms
Plenty of vitamin D in this highly flavorful salmon and mushroom dish.

Winter Salad Stuffed PortabellasWinter Salad Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Jennifer Farley from Savory Simple turns her favorite winter salad into a gourmet meal with a hearty portabella as the base.

Blended Pork Fried MushroomsPork Mushroom Fried Rice
For this Pork Mushroom Fried Rice recipe use half ground mushrooms and pork, along with flavorful Chinese inspired flavors.

Mushroom Avocado ToastsMushroom Avocado Toast
An open faced sandwich, light toasted, topped with fanned avocado, piled high with caramelized mushrooms, sprinkled with aged cheese and then finished with a few micro greens.

Blended Mushroom MeatloafMushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Sauce
Paula from Bell’alimento shares a meatloaf recipe that guarantees a dose of mushrooms in every bite.