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Lighten the Holiday Table with Mushrooms for Good Nutrition Month

From juicy, roasted turkey to candied sweet potato soufflé, the delicious dishes of the holidays make it hard to believe November is Good Nutrition Month! But celebrating doesn’t require resisting the urge to fill your bellies – adding mushrooms to those staple family dishes you love adds flavor and nutritional value that everyone around the table can be thankful for.

Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium, yet they provide amazing umami flavor and can blend in with nearly any dish, making them the perfect addition to the holiday dinner table. Add mushrooms to grandma’s famous stuffing or mom’s one-of-a-kind turkey gravy.

Try a few of these mushroom dishes to help your family add rich flavor and nutrients to the menu this holiday season in celebration of Good Nutrition Month:

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Balsamic Maple Mushrooms – Savory sautéed mushrooms top mashed sweet potato pancakes for a delicious breakfast, brunch or dinner.

Baked Mushroom Mac ‘n’ Cheese – Good as a holiday side dish, this mac ‘N’ cheese bursts with flavor and adds vegetables to a family favorite.

Prime Rib Portabella with Pan-Fried Brussels and Pomegranate – This “meaty” portabella creates a festive mushroom entrée that is perfect for a holiday feast.

Mushroom Stuffing with Mushroom Gravy – This mushroom-packed stuffing recipe adds vegetables and bold flavors to a holiday staple.

Seven-Layer Portabella Burgers

Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen shares a twist on two summer favorites with a hearty portabella base.

Seven Layer Portabella Burger by Cheeky Kitchen

There are a few flavors your family already loves, so why not use them as a springboard for adding good-for-you veggies into your life? With this quick and easy dinner, inspired by the classic 7-Layer Taco Dip, you’ll have a meatless dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat. Plus, you’ll have all the added benefits mushrooms offer. More vitamins, more nutrients, more yum!

As the mom of a family full of both mushroom lovers, I love this recipe because it’s so scrumptious! It’s an affordable way to fill up hungry bellies, and easy way to cook for Meatless Monday’s, and a healthy way to indulge in flavors we typically save for potlucks, parties, and Game Day snackin’! That’s a combo I’d call win-win anyday!

7-Layer Portabella Burgers

Bunless and meatless, these vegetarian burgers fill a portabella mushroom with beans, rice, and salsa, top it all with cheese, then hit the oven for a bit of melting. Top it all off with sour cream, guac, cilantro, and scallions and you’ve got a quick dish that offers a new twist of flavors your family already loves!

Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 4 portabella mushrooms
  • 2/3 cup refried beans
  • 2/3 cup Mexican rice
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup guacamole
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup scallions, chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gently pull the stem from the underside of each portabella mushroom. Gently scrape the underside clean to make room for the stuffing ingredients. Spread about 3 tablespoons refried beans, rice, and salsa in the center of the underside of each portabella mushroom. Top with cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  2. Remove and top immediate with guacamole and sour cream. Sprinkle with scallions and cilantro. Serve and enjoy!

Garlic Roasted Mushroom Salad

Put away the casserole dish. Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking is feeling spring fever with her latest recipe for Pan-Roasted Mushroom Salad. Discover her recipe below.

Garlic Roasted Mushroom Salad by What's Gaby Cooking

If you follow along on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m totally obsessed with mushrooms. I literally can’t get enough! You’ll also know that I’ve recently been in Florida visiting my grandparents, and I stole one of their pans. I couldn’t help it, it was copper, gorgeous, and large and it needed to be in my life. I guess I didn’t really steal it, because I asked first, but needless to say it’s very happy in its new home.

Since then, I’ve been making an effort to cook with it, and pan-roasting just about every ingredient has been on the agenda. This Garlic Roasted Mushroom Salad has made frequent appearances and seriously couldn’t be more delicious or simple! It’s a one-pot side dish made up of roasted mushrooms that are doused in really good quality olive oil, plenty of garlic, kosher salt and pepper and then topped with arugula once it’s cooked! How easy is that? Toss it all together before you serve and it’s a side dish/salad all in one!

Enjoy!

Pan Roasted Mushroom Salad

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces crimini mushrooms, cleaned and stem removed
  • 4 tablespoons high quality olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 2 lemon slices
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and wait for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring very infrequently for 10-12 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  3. At the last minute, add the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 60 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and let the mushrooms cool for about 5 minutes before adding in the arugula. Once the arugula has been added, toss everything so the greens are coated in the garlic olive oil mixture and serve immediately. Add the juice of a few lemon slices for an extra zip.

4 Reasons to Love Mushrooms This Month

Whether effortlessly blended in a traditional meal, or elegantly topping a savory burger, mushrooms provide the perfect finishing touch. In addition to being a tasty addition to virtually any meal, there are many reasons to be mad about mushrooms. Since February is the month to celebrate love, we’re sharing the top four out of countless reasons why mushrooms are the most lovable addition to your cooking plans!

Mushrooms are Gluten Free

Like all fruits and veggies, mushrooms are naturally gluten free making them a perfect base for modifying culinary favorites which traditionally contain gluten. Swap your wheat flour pizza crust with a portabella cap, like in this Roasted Portabella Pizza. Even hamburger buns can be recreated using mushrooms! Check out these Portabella and Halloumi “Burgers” for a fresh take on an American favorite.

Mushrooms are easily blended

The ease with which finely chopped mushrooms blend with any lean ground meat make them a delicious and healthy addition to meals your family already loves. Whether they’re blended into kid-friendly Sloppy Joes, or mixed into Mushroom, Potato and Chorizo Tacos, mushrooms provide increased nutritional benefits in a cost-effective (and tasty!) way.

Vegan

Mushrooms’ high nutritional value make them a perfect addition to anyone following a Vegan diet. The versatility of mushrooms make them a perfect partner for vegan appetizers, such as Grilled Rosemary Mushroom Skewers or a great alternative to meat in Marinated Grilled Mushrooms.

Meatless

Whether you’re full-time vegetarian, or simply a fan of Meatless Mondays, mushrooms’ hearty texture make them a perfect go-to for anyone looking for an alternative to meat in the dishes they’re whipping up. It’s easy to replace meat in a tasty breakfast such as mushroom Portabella Omelet topped with Portabella “Bacon” or atop a tangy Grilled Portabella Caesar Salad.

For more inspiration on how to incorporate tasty, nutrient rich mushrooms into your diet, check out our Mushroom Monday Pinterest board!

A Healthy Dose of Winter Comfort with Mushrooms

Stir Fry

A strong winter blast across the country continues to drive many of us into hibernation mode and straight into the kitchen. It’s widely assumed that comfort food is automatically associated with heavy, calorie laden meals, such as a hearty casserole, a creamy soup or gooey mac and cheese. Of course, there is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence, but with spring break looming around the corner there is still a voice in the back of our head to stay true to our healthy resolutions.  Luckily, a mushroom meal makeover is all you need to enjoy the comfort food you crave, with all of the nutritious benefits.

Take a look at some of our recipe highlights below, allowing you to have a bite of comfort without the guilt.

  • Pan Roasted Mushrooms with Scrambled Eggs – Nothing says winter comfort quite like a weekend breakfast during the work week. Toss this recipe for Pan Roasted mushrooms into your favorite egg creation for a hearty breakfast that will keep you energized for the day ahead.
  • Mushroom Meatball Sub – A meatball sub is often viewed as an indulgent treat, but when you replace a portion of meat with finely chopped mushrooms, it can quickly become a meal for any day of the week.
  • Mushroom Quinoa Casserole – Quinoa is a staple for a variety of meals, but a Quinoa Casserole is the perfect recipe for family dinner and a perfect meal for the gluten-free friends in your life.
  • Mushroom Parmesan Melt – Everyone loves a warm panini, but this open faced melt provides the same warm and toasty goodness in a healthier form.

The ideas don’t have to stop here! Take a look at our “Healthy Dose of Comfort” and “Mushroom Meal Makeover” Pinterest boards for more suggestions from across the web.