Archive for the ‘Blenditarian’ Category

6 Varieties, Recipes and Fungi Facts to Celebrate Mushroom Month

It’s our favorite month of the year: Mushroom Month! To celebrate, here are a few fungi facts to remember why we have “mushroom” in our hearts for nature’s hidden treasure:

  • Mushrooms are full of umami – the fifth basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Umami is derived from the Japanese word meaning “delicious.”
  • From crunchy enoki to meaty portobellos, mushroom varieties offer a range of flavors and textures.
  • Mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle. One serving of UV-exposed crimini mushrooms can provide you with 1086 IU of vitamin D.
  • All mushrooms deliver beneficial nutrients such as copper, selenium and B vitamins, but did you know that different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits?
  • Mushrooms are gentle on the planet: Up to one million pounds of mushrooms can be grown on just one acre of land.
  • Mushrooms + Meat = The Blend – one of the easiest ways you can make your favorite meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable.

What’s your favorite mushroom variety and recipe? The six recipes below each feature a different variety – try them all this Mushroom Month!

LIVE ‘Shroom Cam for Mushroom Month


This National Mushroom Month, we’re opening the gates to one of our mushroom farms to show you how mushrooms are grown. Visit ShroomCam.com to watch the mysterious mushroom growing process in action!

6 Recipes for Mushroom Month

Olive and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

Olive and Feta Stuffed Mushrooms
Use white button mushrooms, hummus and olives to create umami-packed stuffed mushrooms.

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup

Mexican Mushroom Meatball Soup
Blend crimini mushrooms with beef and pork to create savory meatballs in this hearty, full-bodied Mexican-inspired soup.

Grilled Portobello Burger

Grilled Portobello Burgers
Portobello mushroom burgers are marinated in a homemade barbecue spice mix and grilled until tender.

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger with Tomato Butter Sauce

Beef and Maitake Mushroom Meatball Burger
This blended burger combines maitake mushrooms with ground beef and bacon, smothered in buttery tomato sauce.

Enoki Miso Soup

Enoki Miso Noodle Soup
Keep it simple and delicious with this no-fuss, 6-ingredient enoki mushroom and noodle soup.

Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry

Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry
Dinner is served with this easy Asian stir-fry that combines shiitakes, steak and snow peas.

Upgrade Your Picnic Table with Mushrooms

Make ‘shroom for mushrooms at your picnic table this summer! From meaty main courses to savory sides, mushrooms’ inherent umami adds a punch of flavor to all of your favorite summertime recipes. Upgrade a classic potato salad by mixing in tender white button mushrooms, or make your burgers even better by blending your favorite mushroom variety with your favorite protein.

Did you know that mushrooms are the only non-animal food source of vitamin D? After soaking up some rays (UV-B) post-harvest, the portabella variety delivers 94% of your daily value of Vitamin D. That’s in one serving! They also are an excellent source of selenium (22%DV) and contain 9% potassium. Bonus: mushrooms are low in fat and calories – helping you maintain a healthy diet all summer long.

Use the summertime mushroom recipes below to begin planning your next backyard bbq!

Enter to win an all-expense paid trip for two to NYC

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite blended burger as a part of The James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project going on now through July 31st.

Summertime Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom and Chive Potato Salad
Add a twist to your usual picnic side dishes! This mayo-free potato salad is dressed in a mustard and chive vinaigrette and filled with tender mushrooms.

Blended Bison and Mushroom Burgers
Watching your waistline? This burger blends lean bison with low calorie white button mushrooms. Swap the bun for a lettuce wrap to make it carb-free!

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad
Savor the flavors of summer produce by combining crisp veggies and meaty mushrooms for a refreshing and tangy twist on a classic.

Veal Mushroom Slider
The sliders may be bite-sized, but they’re bursting with flavor! Blend finely chopped mushrooms with ground veal and simple seasons, then top with rich caramelized onions and more mushrooms.

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo
These vegetarian portobello burgers are loaded with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic-chive mayo. Cook them on the grill to add a delicious bit of char.

Blenditarian Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs

Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs
You had us at bacon. Turn up the sweetness on your summer appetizers with chicken, bacon and button mushroom blended meatballs.

Stab, skewer and stack your summer ‘shrooms

Your backyard barbecues just got a whole lot tastier thanks to these summer mushroom recipes.

It’s time to go fork free: this summer, we are all about putting mushrooms on a stick! Kabobs are the perfect appetizer or entrée for summer entertaining. Hosting a backyard bbq? Set out skewers and let guests mix-and-match their grillables by layering flavorful mushrooms, fresh veggies and marinated meats.

Meat lovers know that steak and mushrooms pair deliciously, but try a “lighter” take by blending mushrooms with beef for a delicious blended kefta kabob. Peppers, onions and tomatoes are also tried-and-true stackables, but try this new flavor combo: teriyaki-basted portabellas with pineapple. Whatever you stack, make sure mushrooms are in the mix!

Enter to win an all-expense paid trip for two to NYC

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite blended burger as a part of The James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project going on now through July 31st. {VOTE}

Summer Mushroom Recipes

Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kebabs

Steak, Potato and Mushroom Kabobs
Keep it classic with marinated steak, mushroom and potato kabobs. White buttons are the perfect variety for the skewer as they hold up well on the grill and take on the flavor of the marinade.

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs
Combine tangy teriyaki sauce, sweet, juicy pineapples and meaty mushrooms in this delicious meatless kabob recipe – perfect for an afternoon of backyard entertaining.

Blended Beef-Mushroom Kefta Kebob

Easy Mushroom Kefta Kabob
Embrace your inner blenditarian this summer with Middle Eastern keftas that combine juicy minced beef with crimini mushrooms.

Grilled Mushroom Kabobs
Stack up your skewer with fresh mushrooms and other summertime veggies for a meat-free kabob packed with flavor.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Mushrooms
Beat the heat and step away from the stovetop. Slow cooked, bbq-marinated mushrooms make summer apps a breeze: set out toothpicks and let guests grab and go!

Japanese Chicken Pork Mushroom Blended Meatballs Ponzu Glaze

Japanese Blended Meatballs with Ponzu Glaze
These chicken-pork-mushroom blended meatballs are perfect for a crowd. Serve with a caramelized ponzu glaze for some seriously savory bites!

The Blended Burger Project is Back!

The Mushroom Council and James Beard Foundation have teamed up for the third annual Blended Burger Project.

The Blended Burger Project is back and better than ever! The challenge launches Memorial Day and runs through July 31. During that time, diners can visit hundreds of restaurants taking part to create a more delicious, nutritious and sustainable burger. Each chef/restaurant will create and serve their unique spin on a blended burger: at least 25 percent finely chopped mushrooms blended with meat.

New this Year: Each time you vote for your favorite blended burger you’ll be entered to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to New York City!

Here’s how to take part in the Blended Burger Project:

1. Find and visit a participating restaurant near you and order the featured blended burger
2. Vote for your favorite burger online
3. Promote the #BlendedBurgerProject and your favorite burger through social channels

One randomly selected voter will win – so vote and vote often!

Chefs from the five restaurants with the most online votes will also win a trip to New York City to cook at the historic James Beard House.

Join us this summer for a delicious battle of blended burgers. Find a participating restaurant near you and let the burger eating begin!

Chefs and diners can learn more about participating at jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject.

Mushrooms for National Burger Month?

Mushrooms for National Burger Month? That’s right: mushrooms are on the menu for National Burger Month.

Mushrooms for National Burger Month Classic Blended Burger

Everyone loves burgers topped with mushrooms, but we’re taking things up a notch by blending mushrooms into burgers (a.k.a. the blended burger).

New to blended burgers? Already love ‘em? Either way, let us help you find the blended burger of your dreams (yes, dreams). How? Just take our super-scientific and accurate (read: not scientific at all) blended burger quiz on blenditarian.com.Quiz: Which Blended Burger Should You Be Eating Right Now

After discovering your perfect blended burger, you’ll unlock directions to enter to win a Ninja Food Processor + a $100 Whole Foods gift card. Does it get any better?

Happy (Blended) Burger Month, mushroom fans!

Recipes to Include Mushrooms for National Burger Month

Don’t need a quiz to tell you what you want to eat? Peruse our recipe library of blended burger recipes and choose the burger (or burgers!) you’ll be grilling up for National Burger Month.