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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.

Hearty and Comforting Coq Au Blanc

Nothing is more comforting during the winter months than gathering around and indulging in a hearty and delicious 1 pot meal. Coq Au Vin is a classic option, but if you’re looking for something with a twist Chef Billy Parisi has you covered with this Coq Au Blanc.

Coq Au Blanc Chef Billy Parisi

I’ve learned to appreciate the winter months over the last few years, because it really paves way to hearty delicious comforting dishes. You can really put all of those root vegetables to work when it comes to making stews, and the same goes for this Coq Au Blanc. It’s a bit of a twist up from the traditional Coq Au Vin which uses red wine, but I decided it was a white kind of day :).

Coq Au Blanc Searing Chicken

This Coq Au Vin is really a 1 pot meal, and starts with rendering some bacon fat and then searing off the chicken. Doing this really helps the chicken to take on more flavor because the bacon fat is simply loaded with it.

Coq Au Blanc Vegetables

Once the chicken is seared to a delicious golden brown, set it aside and roast of your vegetables. I used onions (cippolinis actually), celery and carrots as the base along with some baby bellas and button mushrooms. While the traditional recipe calls for just buttons I wanted an earthier flavor to this recipe since we are using a lighter crisper white wine instead of red, hence I added the baby bellas. Now is also a great time to add in some fresh herbs, bay leaves, thyme and parsley!

Coq Au Blanc Roasting Vegetables

I like to roasted up the vegetables a bit so they can get a light brown on them before adding in the flour, and then the Pinot Grigio and chicken stock. Bring the liquid to a boil, season it very well with salt and pepper and then add back in the seared chicken and crispy bacon! From there it’s all oven for the next 90 minutes on 375°.

Coq Au Blanc White Wine

The thing I love about this dish is that is so ridiculously flavorful and everything is big. For instance, the mushrooms are whole, the carrots and celery are big cuts, it just makes for a hearty more delicious meal, in my opinion. The big cuts also help them stay intact while in the oven for that amount of time. If you go too small they will break down and be mushy…

Coq Au Blanc One Pot Meal

Coq Au Blanc

Ingredients
8 chopped up strips of bacon
2 each bone-in split chicken breasts, drumsticks and wings.
20 peeled cippolini onions
5 carrots cut into 1” chunks
5 stalks of celery cut into 1” chunks
1 pint of baby bellas
1 pint of button mushrooms
25 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 small bunch of fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
5 heaping tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1 bottle of pinot grigio
4 cups of chicken stock
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
2. In a large dutch oven pot on high heat add in the bacon and cook until crispy and the fat is rendered.
3. Once the bacon is brown and crisp remove it form the pan and set aside.
4. Next, season the chicken on all side with salt and pepper and cook them on high in the dutch oven pot with the rendered bacon fat on all sides until they are golden brown. Remove the chicken and set aside.
5. Add in the onions, celery, carrots and mushrooms and roast on high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned.
6. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper and add in the herbs and flour and mix until combined.
7. Next, pour in the wine and chicken stock and bring it the mixture to a boil and season with salt and pepper.
8. Add the chicken and crispy bacon back into the pot, place a lid on it and cook it in the oven for 90 minutes at 375*.
9. Serve hot!

Build a Festive Feast with Mushrooms

 

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With thanksgiving come and gone, and the holiday cheer riding faithfully on its coat tails, we want to get you thinking about your next family feast. ‘Tis the time of year to gather with family and friends to relish in good company, exchange laughter, and of course enjoy a bounty of delicious food.

From start to finish, you can include mushrooms in every aspect of your family feast. What we have in store for dessert might surprise you!

  • One-bite meatballs and appetizers are always a favorite around the hors d’oeurves table.
  • Dice up mushrooms and sauté until crispy and use as “bacon” topping for mashed potatoes or veggies.
  • Big Family? Extend your portion sizes with The Blend. Incorporate mushrooms into your meat dishes to help stretch your holiday dollars.

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Blended Meatballs
Umami-rich mushrooms are blended with ground beef and seasoned to create the perfect Italian-style meatball. Serve with marinara and spaghetti or toss with a Teriyaki sauce and serve as an appetizer.

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Chili Loaded Baked Potatoes
Looking for a side dish that comes together in a snap? These Mexican-style baked potatoes combine all the fun flavors of Mexico into a meal the whole family will love.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with “Baby Bella” Bacon Bits
This recipe is unique since the bacon bits are actually crimini mushroom slices, slow-roasted until crisped, and spiced just right. The dish may just be the talk of the dinner table.

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Lamb Loin Chops with Mushroom Marsala Sauce
Lamb can be an easy and satisfying weeknight meal, and these lamb loin chops with a fragrant and flavorful Marsala sauce will prove it. Serve over-top of mashed potatoes for a complete meal.

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Individual Blended Chicken Pot Pies
In this classic, easy-to-make chicken pot pie we have blended in finely chopped mushrooms for boosted flavor and an extra serving of veggies.

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Umami Chocolate Panna Cotta, Maple Bacon Crisp
Umami-rich mushrooms are steeped in rich chocolate than blended together for a smooth and creamy dessert topped with maple-infused bacon crisps.

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata

We all are usually plagued with leftovers for weeks after Thanksgiving, but don’t you fret Denise from Chez Us has a unique way to use up all that leftover stuffing!

The day after Thanksgiving, I want something easy to make as well as nourishing. Weeks that go into preparing for a turkey dinner feast can be exhausting, and I usually want to linger over coffee while enjoying the last few bites of the previous evening during breakfast. While I am not normally a leftover gal, I cannot get enough of the leftover stuffing or this Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata.

I love nothing more than a savory breakfast, and often at our house it involves mushrooms. I always have a stash in the fridge that usually ends up in some impromptu breakfast recipes such as a scramble, baked egg dish or even breakfast tacos. Last Thanksgiving when a bowl of leftover Thanksgiving stuffing presented itself to me, I immediately began working on a hearty breakfast strata to feed us leftover turkey guests. It was a hit with the family, and I have been waiting for a reason to make it again.

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata by Chez Us

Post-Thanksgiving morning, I grabbed the stash of mushrooms that I had hidden in the back of the fridge and began working on my strata recipe. I wanted this recipe to be a sort of morning eggs with toast and bacon. So, I lightly cooked pancetta until lightly golden; then I added sliced mushrooms, and cooked until barely soft. I mixed leftover stuffing along with some minced parsley, half and half to add some moisture, and then I folded in the mushroom mixture. The strata is baked until lightly golden; then I cracked eggs over the top to create a baked egg strata.

This recipe has all the flavors of Thanksgiving with the kiss of morning eggs added to it. A great way to begin the day, while relishing in memories from Thanksgiving past. I have a feeling it will become a Thanksgiving tradition at our home, and hopefully yours.

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata by Chez Us

Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients:
4 cups leftover stuffing
1/4 cup half and half
4 ounce pancetta, diced
1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
1/3 cup Italian parsley, finely minced
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon butter

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Butter a glass baking dish.
3. Place the leftover stuffing into a large mixing bowl and drizzle the half and half over the top. Stir.
4. Cook the pancetta for 4 minutes over medium low heat.
5. Add the mushrooms, stir and cook for another 4 minutes over medium low heat.
6. Pour the mixture into the leftover stuff and stir in the parsley.
7. Pour the mixture into the glass baking dish.
8. Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven and crack the eggs over the top. Cover with foil and place back into the oven for another 10 – 15 minute until the eggs are set but still slightly soft.
10. Serve.
11. Eat.