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Starting today, visit blenditarian.com and join the growing blenditarian movement to “do better” for your health, planet and palate by blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat.

One who believes that the mighty mushroom has meaty powers to make meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable!

Why blend mushrooms + meat?

1. Health: Switching half the meat for mushrooms can cut a burgers’ calories by up to 50 percent.
2. Flavor: The inherent umami means you don’t sacrifice the flavor in your favorite meat dishes.
3. Sustainability: Mushrooms require less resources to grow – making them a gentle crop on the planet.

Get exclusive access to recipes. Find restaurants near you serving up blended dishes. Invite your friends to join. Post your #Blenditarian status on Instagram or Twitter to be featured on our Buzz page. Enter to win blenditarian swag!

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Blenditarian.com Website Highlights

A Pledge to Do Better: Pledge to join the movement and receive exclusive blenditarian swag.

Interactive Map: See other blenditarians who have joined the movement and find restaurants serving The Blend in your area.

Buzz: Join the conversation with this real-time, user-generated social media feed.

The Blend Blog: Share your stories and read how The Blend is becoming one of the fastest-growing food trends.

Recipes: Get exclusive chef recipes for blended burgers, as well as tips for incorporating The Blend into your favorite meals.

Blended Burger Project Updates: Learn about our partnership with the James Beard Foundation and how chefs and restaurants across the nation are bringing The Blend to life by creating (better) blended burgers.

Pack a Nutritious Punch in Your Lunch

A nutritious lunch can make all the difference in your day!

Avoid the 3 o’clock slump by packing a hearty and healthy lunch that will keep you feeling full and energized all afternoon. Offering beneficial nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium and B vitamins, mushrooms are the ultimate superfood. Make your lunch a true “power lunch” by adding mushrooms!

DYK: Different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits. Switch up the varieties you use in your favorite mushroom recipes.

  • Looking for low-cal? Opt for white buttons. Boasting just 18.5 calories per serving*, white button mushrooms contain the lowest calories of all mushroom varieties1.
  • Say hello to shiitakes for bone health. One serving of shiitake mushrooms is an excellent source of copper1, which helps keep bones and nerves healthy.
  • For immunity, choose cremini. One serving of cremini mushrooms is an excellent source of selenium1, which may help the immune system function properly.
    Vitamin D = maitake. One serving of maitake mushrooms contains a whopping 236 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin D1.

*Average serving size is 4-5 mushrooms

Nutritious Lunch Recipes

Turkey Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Turkey & Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Lean ground turkey and white button mushrooms create a hearty topping for tender sweet potatoes. Make them for dinner and bring the leftovers for lunch the next day!

Shiitake Mushroom Ramen To-Go

Shiitake Mushroom Ramen To-Go
Create a comforting lunch to-go in a jar! Earthy shiitake mushrooms and noodles in rich broth will brighten your lunchtime and fill you up for the afternoon.

Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties

Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties
Spice up your afternoon with savory chicken patties atop a healthy bed of veggies. Lighten your meat serving by blending in flavorful cremini mushrooms.

Marinated Mushroom and Chickpea Salad

Marinated Mushroom & Chickpea Salad
This refreshing salad is packed with healthy mushrooms and chickpeas, and can easily be made on Sunday prep days for grab-and-go lunches later in the week!

Garden Mushroom Meatloaf

Garden Mushroom Meatloaf
Boost nutrition and stretch your dollar by blending mushrooms into your beef. This flavorful garden meatloaf is terrific for reheating throughout the week!

Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Broccolini Mushroom Salad
Load up the greens with this super simple salad. Go full veg, or pair it with salmon or chicken for a delicious and nutritious lunch to keep you going.

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6 Nutritious Pairings for the Heart & Plate

Nutritious Pairings for the Heart & Plate: Mushrooms pair perfectly with other nutritious ingredients – or as we like to call them, “shroom-mates”!

For American Heart Month (and the month of love), we’ve paired up with heart-healthy shroom-mates Tomato Wellness, Nourish with Lamb and USA Pulses to bring you delightful dishes for your heart and plate. Now, throw on your apron, chop up some ‘shrooms, and get ready to celebrate the perks of pairing up!

Combine the mighty mushroom (low calorie, fat free and packed with umami) with any one of these other nutrient powerhouses for a powerful pairing:

  • Fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, may help reduce your risk of heart disease. Incorporate mushrooms and tomato sauce into recipes like our Blend Lasagna Roll Ups – just add candlelight for the ultimate dinner for two!
  • Lamb provides an excellent source of vitamin B-12, zinc, and the antioxidant, selenium. Nothing says “I love you” like mushrooms stuffed with lamb.
  • Pulses are high in fiber and low in sodium. Cozy up close with this nutritious Mushroom and Green Lentil Soup.

Shroom-mates Recipes

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Rice Noodle Green Pea Stir-Fry
Shiitake mushrooms and whole green peas shine in this veggie-loaded stir fry.

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Mushroom Minestrone
This minestrone is spiked with loads of dried herbs, colorful rainbow chard, savory crushed tomatoes and lots of mushrooms.

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Lamb Stir-Fry
Switch up your weeknight dinner routine by adding savory and lean lamb to a traditional stir-fry.

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Marinated Mushroom Bowls with Lentils
You won’t miss the meat in these bowls. Whip ‘em up for your next Meatless (or Mushroom!) Monday!

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Chili Loaded Baked Potatoes
Cut back on salt by adding umami-rich mushrooms and tomatoes to make this potato topping the best ever.

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Cremini-Lamb Burger
Incorporate cholesterol-free mushrooms into ground lamb for a lighter take on a burger.

6 Mighty Mushroom Recipes to Jump Start 2017

Start the New Year fresh with mighty mushroom recipes!

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It’s officially January, meaning it’s time to put away the holiday decorations and focus on the year ahead. Whether you’re hoping to shed pounds after consuming a few too many large, sodium-packed holiday meals, or are just looking for some healthy recipes to add to your arsenal, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite mighty mushroom meals to help you hit the ground running.

Tips to help you stick with your resolutions:

  • Cut calories and sodium by swapping out a portion of the ground meat for finely chopped mushrooms in your favorite burger and pasta sauce recipes.
  • Hop on the Meatless Monday trend and make mushrooms the star of your meals one day per week. Thanks to mushrooms’ umami, you won’t even miss the meat!
  • Rather than focusing on what you need to eliminate from your diet, try adding more fruits, veggies and whole grains to your meal plan.

Mighty Mushroom Recipes

Blenditarian Korean Rice Bowl

Korean Rice Bowls with Turkey and Mushrooms
Not quite ready to give up comfort food? These Blended Korean Rice Bowls feel indulgent but are easy on the waistline.

Roasted Mushroom Whea Berry Salad

Roasted Mushroom and Wheat Berry Salad with Orange Curry Vinaigrette
Bursting with bright citrus and bold curry, this Wheat Berry Salad proves healthy doesn’t have to be boring.

Italian Turkey Sausage Sliders

Italian Turkey Sausage Sliders
These Blended Turkey Sausage Sliders are perfectly bite-sized appetizers for your bowl game watch party.

Vegetable Noodle Bowl

Vegetable Noodle Bowl
Packed with juicy mushrooms and crunchy veggies, these flavorful bowls will keep you full and happy.

Blenditarian Kefta Kebobs

Easy Mushroom Kefta Kebob
Blend mushrooms, beef and Middle Eastern spices together for a flavor-packed weeknight dinner solution.

Portobello Pizzas

Pesto Portobello Pizzas
Craving pizza? Swap the crust with portobellos for a lighter twist on a comfort classic.

Savor the Flavors of the Season with Billy Parisi’s Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

If you’re looking for a festive and seasonal appetizer for your holiday feasts, try Chef Billy Parisi’s Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash – simple and loaded with flavor. 

Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash Overhead

I often say I love summer produce the best with its abundance of vine fruits and vegetables, until I sink my teeth into root winter vegetables like this acorn squash – stuffed with sausage and mushrooms.  Whether it’s that delicious savory nutty flavor from fall squashes or the heartiness of root vegetables, there’s something about winter produce that really has helped me appreciate the season.  Regardless of which seasonal produce you prefer, there is no doubt that mushrooms can help enhance the flavor.  The best part about this recipe is that you could use shiitake mushrooms, portabella mushrooms or buttons, like I did, and it will still be delicious due to mushrooms’ versatility.

Stuffing acorn squashes is nothing new, but changing up the stuffing to your desire is.  I’ve seen meat sauces with meatballs, ground turkey, you name it!  I wanted to create something that represented fall with tons of balanced flavor.  The combo I came up with is Italian sausage, apples, brown rice, finely minced button mushrooms, bread crumbs and herbs.  You’ve got salty from the sausage, savory from the herbs, a little sweet and tart from the apples and, of course, umami from the mushrooms.  Not to mention all of that goodness is stuffed up in an acorn squash half and baked in a brown sage butter sauce.

When finely mincing the mushrooms, you can either do it with a knife or put them in a food processor and process until they are to the minced consistency.  I prefer the latter, as it saves a ton of time so you can focus on everything else.  Once the mushrooms are finely minced, mix them in a bowl with the other ingredients.  Now before you stuff up the squash, be sure to scoop out the seeds and season the inside with salt and pepper.

Once they were stuffed up, I added a few more panko crumbs to the top and then off to the oven.  While they were baking, I cooked some butter in a small pot until the milk fats were cooked off and turned the butter slightly brown, making brown butter.  Browning butter makes for a really tasty nutty flavor which I thought would be perfect to drizzle on top of the stuffed squash.  Once the butter is brown, I seasoned it with salt and pepper and added in some fresh chopped sage.  Super delicious!!  This Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brown Sage Butter is as simple as it gets and is absolutely loaded with flavor!!

Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash Cut Open

Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brown Sage Butter Recipe

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pint domestic mushrooms, brushed free of any dirt
1 pound loose Italian sausage
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 peeled and small diced Granny Smith apple
1 peeled and small diced Fuji apple
¾ cup panko bread crumbs + more to top off
3 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
4 acorn squash cut in half, seeds removed and seasoned
1 stick unsalted butter
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Procedures

1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

2. Using a knife or food processor, finely mince the mushrooms to match the consistency of the sausage.

3. Add the mushrooms to a bowl and mix with the sausage, rice, apples, ¾ cup of panko bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon of sage, 1 teaspoon of thyme, salt and pepper until combined.

4. Place the squash skin side down on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and season the inside with salt and pepper. Evenly divide the sausage-mushroom mixture and stuff it into the center of the acorn squash. Sprinkle on remaining bread crumbs and bake in the oven at 375° for 30 to 35 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned and the sausage is cooked through out.

5. In a small pot, add the butter and cook over low heat until the milk fat solids are cooked and the butter begins to turn light brown. Remove from the heat, season with salt, pepper and remaining sage and drizzle it over the cooked stuffed squash. Enjoy!