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Meatless Monday Made Easy with Mushrooms

We’re big fans of Meatless Monday, or what we like to call “Mushroom Monday.” So, what’s all the hype around Meatless Mondays? It’s a global movement urging consumers to go vegetarian one day per week. Many meatless meals feature mushrooms as the main ingredient, and for a good reason. Mushrooms are rich in umami, an ultra-savory quality (found in many meats) that make meatless meals just as satisfying and full of flavor. Ready to try Mushroom Monday for yourself? We’ve taken the guesswork out of the planning process and rounded up a day’s worth of meals to get you started.

Mushroom Monday Meal Plan

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Breakfast Vegetable Frittata: There are plenty of meatless breakfast options out there, but this one will keep you full for hours. Loaded with bright vegetables, protein-packed eggs and meaty mushrooms, this frittata will ensure you start Monday on the right foot.

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Lunchtime Mushroom Minestrone: Fill up with a hearty bowl of mushroom soup – perfect for a chilly winter afternoon. Whip this recipe up Sunday evening for lunch (or dinner!) the next day.

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Late-Night Chipotle Mushroom Tacos: Thanks to umami-rich crimini and portobella mushrooms, you won’t miss the meat in these zesty, flavor-packed tacos.

Did you try any of these recipes out at home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Embrace Fall with Family-Friendly Comfort Classics

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November is officially here, meaning fall is in full swing and the holidays are just around the corner. With the longer nights, crisp days and cloudy skies, all we want to do is curl up with a cozy blanket, watch football and indulge in some serious comfort food. From vibrant stuffed winter squash and hearty casseroles to flavorful stroganoff and salisbury steak, we’ve rounded up our favorite soul-warming mushroom dishes to get you through the month. What are your family’s favorite comfort foods?

Tips for convenient meals:

  • Stock your freezer with your favorite ground meats, and use throughout the winter when you need dinner in a pinch.
  • Take advantage of in-season produce by adding nutrient-rich squash, yams, turnips and kale to your meal plan.
  • Turn hearty leftovers into breakfast the next day. Warm up veggies and meats then throw into an omelet or frittata, and top with your favorite cheese!

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Easy Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy
Blended with umami-rich mushrooms, this Salisbury Steak is an indulgence you can feel good about.

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Mushroom, Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash
This autumnal dish is perfect for a November Meatless Monday.

Blenditarian Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole
This Tater Tot Casserole is made with ground turkey and mushrooms for a lighter spin on a comfort classic.

Blenditarian Beef Stroganoff

Quick Mushroom Beef Stroganoff Skillet
This quick stroganoff dish proves that comfort food doesn’t have to take hours to prepare.

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Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata
Looking for a fun(gi) way to utilize Thanksgiving leftovers? This strata will do the trick.

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Blended Shepherd’s Pie
Mmmm. It doesn’t get better than steaming Shephard’s Pie on a chilly fall evening.

 

A+ Back-to-School Mushroom Recipes

Recipes-Aug-BlogBack-to-school season is right around the corner, which means schedules are about to fill up with science projects, after-school sports, homework, band practice, carpooling and school dances. Is your head spinning yet? While life may seem chaotic and unpredictable, your meals don’t have to be. We’ve taken the guesswork out of meal planning and rounded up a collection of easy, healthy mushroom dishes the whole family will love! (No school-age kids at home? No problem. You’ll still enjoy these simple, yet delicious recipes!)

Tips:

  • Cut down time in the kitchen by purchasing pre-cut veggies.
  • Blend mushrooms with meat to make meals go further (plus boost flavor and nutrition).
  • Opt for meals you can make ahead and freeze – freeing up your time during the week!

Crimini Mushroom Nuggets

Zesty Crimini “Chicken” Nuggets
The next time kids ask for chicken nuggets, swap in these crispy, baked crimini nuggets (served with their favorite dipping sauce).

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Cheesy Beef Skillet
The Blend turns this one-skillet dinner into an umami-packed, delicious and quick meal idea for busy families.

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese with Mushrooms

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese with Mushrooms
A lunchtime favorite! Combine sweet, tangy barbeque pork with cheesy macaroni, then add roasted mushrooms for an umami-rich surprise!

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins
Take-and-go blended breakfast muffins make hectic mornings manageable. Blend mushrooms with Italian sausage for a flavor-winning combo.

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No-Bake Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms
No-cook stuffed mushrooms are perfect for packing in a lunchbox or enjoying as an afterschool snack.

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Muffin Tin Meatloaves
These make-ahead, bite-sized blended mini meatloaves provide a fun way to eat dinner – plus a serving of vegetables!

WATCH: Mushroom Crepes with Gruyere Béchamel Sauce for Mother’s Day

Special thanks to Chez Uz for helping us cook up crepes for Mom this weekend. Rich and inviting, Mom won’t be able to resist the comfort that comes with each flavorful bite. 

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This recipe is inspired by a savory crepe recipe that we often enjoyed during my childhood.  The original recipe is made with sliced mushrooms, broccoli, and canned mushroom soup–a rich and comforting dish.  While my memory reminds me that it was a great recipe, I wanted this new version to be even better by using more mushrooms, and no broccoli or canned soup. Still rich in flavor, as well as inviting and comforting with each bite.

I doubled the amount of the mushrooms used in the original recipe by adding blended mushrooms with sliced mushrooms into the filling.  Blending in mushrooms is one of my favorite ways to incorporate more flavor and moisture into dishes.  For this recipe, I also decided not to use canned soup, and I made an easy Gruyere Béchamel sauce, which compliments mushrooms very well.

This recipe would be wonderful served during Mother’s Day brunch or as a light entree during dinner.

Recipe: Mushroom Crepes with Gruyere Béchamel Sauce

Serves:  4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds cremini mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups packed spinach, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 8 crepes – your favorite recipe or they can be found pre-made at the grocery store
  • fresh thyme sprigs as garnish – optional

Directions: 

Place a large frying pan over medium-low heat and add the olive oil.  Once slightly warmed add the yellow onion.  Stir and cook until soft; about 3 minutes.

Add the garlic and dried thyme.  Stir again.  Lower heat to the lowest setting on your stove.

Place 3/4 of the mushrooms into a food processor and finely chop.

Slice the remaining 1/4 of the mushrooms.

Add the mushrooms to the onion/garlic mixture and cook, stirring often for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.

Add the spinach and cook just until wilted over medium-low heat. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the butter into a medium saucepan over low heat and melt.

Whisk in the flour, then slowly pour in the milk.  Stir over medium-low heat until slightly thickened.

Add the cheese, continue whisking until melted.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place a crepe into a baking dish and fill with some of the mushroom filling, roll up, and then repeat.  You can place the crepes into individual baking dishes as I did in the video or a large baking dish.

Drizzle with some the Gruyere Béchamel sauce.

Optional: garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

Bake for 15 – 25 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and lightly golden.

Serve.

Eat.

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins

Incorporate The Blend into your morning – or brunch – routine starting with these baked sausage and mushroom frittata muffins from Aggie’s Kitchen.

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins by Aggies Kitchen

I started making baked frittata muffins for my family about a year ago and we are officially hooked! They are so simple to put together and the variety of fillings are endless, making them even more appealing in my opinion. What I love about frittata muffins is that they are portion controlled, making them perfect for a light breakfast, snack or for offering at brunch where other foods will be served. A dozen of these savory Baked Sausage & Mushroom Frittata Muffins would round out a brunch menu quite nicely if you ask me. My favorite part of a brunch menu is the opportunity to try a little bit of several things, so these muffin-sized frittatas will fit right in.

Using The Blend concept, I was able to cut back on the amount of Italian sausage I used in this recipe with chopped mushrooms. Such a winning concept since you can basically please all the meat eaters in your group, yet know that what you are serving is a little bit more nutritious – without sacrificing texture or flavor. I used baby bella mushrooms in this recipe, but white button mushrooms would be great as well. Enjoy!

Baked Sausage and Mushroom Frittata Muffins

Ingredients:

2 fresh Italian chicken sausage links (about 1/3 pound), casings removed
8 0z whole baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves, chopped
9 eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
1 cup shredded mozzarella
cooking spray

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan liberally with cooking spray.

In a large nonstick skillet, brown and crumble Italian chicken sausage. Add shallots and chopped mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add chopped spinach and cook for another 3-4 minutes until spinach is completely wilted. Turn off heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 9 eggs. Add milk and continue to whisk until eggs and milk are blended. Stir in mozzarella cheese.

Using a tablespoon, add sausage, mushroom and spinach mixture evenly into each muffin cup. Carefully pour egg mixture into each cup, using the spoon to gently lift the sausage mixture so that egg mixture reaches the bottom of cup.

Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then carefully run a knife around edges of egg muffins to separate from pan. Let cool for another 5 minutes then remove egg muffins completely from pan. Serve with fresh fruit and other brunch favorites!

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