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Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Looking for a healthy, yet flavorful spring side? This ‘shroom salad from bell’alimento is sure to impress.

Broccolini Mushroom Salad by Bell'alimento

If you’re looking for a super simple spring side dish that’s big on shrooms, then look no farther. It’s so good you might just want to eat it on its own. If you’re looking for a complete meal, try pairing it with salmon or chicken.

Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 bunch fresh broccolini – trimmed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 clove garlic – minced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms – thinly sliced

Directions:
Into a large saute pan add 1/4 cup water and heat over medium heat. When simmering, add broccolini and cook until just softened. Transfer to serving bowl. Set aside.
Into a small bowl whisk together: soy sauce, vinegar, oil, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds and garlic. Pour into pan and heat over medium heat.

Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Pour over broccolini. Toss to combine.

Get Your Greens

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March marks the first glimpse of spring, and that means grocery stores and farmers markets will soon be blooming with seasonal greens and vegetables. Fresh arugula, beets, lettuce, mushrooms, radicchio and scallions glimmer amongst the other produce with a cheerful disposition. As we step away from the heavy foods of winter, we encourage you to rejuvenate your dinner plates with crisp, colorful and nutrient-rich greens.

Wholesome and nourishing, spring vegetables are packed with vitamins C, D and K, iron, potassium, fiber and calcium. Mushrooms alone provide important nutrients like selenium, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin D and more. Blending mushrooms with meat (known as The Blend) can also help cut down on red meat consumption and reduce excess calories and fat from your diet.

Whether you spice up your meals with veggie spring rolls, test a new salad, or simply add more raw veggies to the plate, it all adds up to a healthier lifestyle. Celebrate the bloom of springtime, and National Nutrition Month, with a few of our favorite fresh recipes.

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Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls
Kick off the season with these zesty spring rolls loaded with bright greens and meaty mushrooms.

 

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Taco Salad
Taco Tuesdays just got a new look! Pile your favorite ingredients on a bed of lettuce.

 

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Mushroom Veggie ‘Meatballs’ & Zucchini Pasta
Stack rich pasta sauce and veggie meatballs atop perfectly al dente zucchini ribbons.

 

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Minced Chicken & Mushroom Lettuce Cups
This light spring dish blends mushrooms, chicken, and asian flavors for a playful finger food.

 

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Grilled Mushroom Cobb Salad
Meaty portabella mushrooms top this vegetarian salad—perfect for lunch or as a hearty side salad.

 

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Mushroom Pizza
Pile on the mushrooms and enjoy a fun make-your-own pizza night with the family.

Show Your Heart Some Love with Mushrooms

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The month of February is all about the heart – as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. With heart disease listed as the number one cause of death in the United States, February is a good time to assess the foods you consume to help keep your heart healthy. One simple tip for your ticker: trim calories and fat from meat dishes by blending meat with mushrooms. Mushrooms are naturally low in calories, fat free and cholesterol free, and still add delicious flavor.

In celebration of this heart-focused month, we’re sharing dishes to make hearts happy – from romantic appetizers for two to hearty meals for the entire family.

caprese-stuffed-portabella1Caprese Stuffed Mushroom
Layer portabella mushrooms with mozzarella, tomato, and spinach for a fresh take on the Caprese salad and a lovely light lunch or pre-dinner salad.

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Mushroom-Chorizo-Stuffed Mushrooms in Port Wine Sauce
These oven-roasted, mushroom- and chorizo-stuffed mushrooms bathed in port wine sauce are sure to impress any date.

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Pepper Burrito “Bowls”
Meaty portabella mushrooms take the place of meat in these vegetarian pepper burrito bowls. Brown rice and beans make a healthy yet satisfying addition to the filling.

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Lamb Ragout
This one-pot ragout is an easy family meal or romantic entrée for two. Mushrooms blend seamlessly with ground lamb, extending portion sizes and boosting flavor.

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Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup
What’s cozier than curling up with a big bowl of soup? This creamy soup by Chez Us is rich, smooth, and believe it or not, doesn’t contain any dairy.

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Middle Eastern Meatballs with Cinnamon Spiced Tomato Sauce
Spice up a classic recipe: blended mushrooms add flavor and texture while the cinnamon and bulgur provide a pleasantly surprising twist.

Recipes to Keep Your Resolutions on Track

Recipes to Keep Your Resolutions on Track

New Year’s resolutions are in full effect. Like most of you, we are ready to take control of 2016 with a healthy and delicious meal plan. This year, the Mushroom Council would like to encourage everyone to see their resolutions through by consuming fewer calories and making informed food choices. Lucky for us, mushrooms can help!

Whether you are preparing appetizers, lunch or dinner, it’s easy to incorporate nutritious mushrooms:

  • Add mushrooms as a topping to favorites like avocado toast and seared salmon. Boosts flavor and nutrients in a matter of minutes.
  • Blend meat and mushrooms to naturally lower calories and saturated fat in classic dishes like meatloaf and fried rice. Don’t sacrifice flavor, mushrooms add umami.
  • Get creative and serve mushrooms in new ways! Stuff them with winter veggies or wrap a delicious Asian blend in buttery Boston lettuce.

How will you add mushrooms to your 2016 resolutions?

Asian Blended Lettuce WrapsAsian Lettuce Wraps
Lighten up lettuce wraps by blending half the beef with meaty tasting mushrooms.

Seared Baja Salmon Topped with MushroomsBaja Salmon with Mushrooms
Plenty of vitamin D in this highly flavorful salmon and mushroom dish.

Winter Salad Stuffed PortabellasWinter Salad Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Jennifer Farley from Savory Simple turns her favorite winter salad into a gourmet meal with a hearty portabella as the base.

Blended Pork Fried MushroomsPork Mushroom Fried Rice
For this Pork Mushroom Fried Rice recipe use half ground mushrooms and pork, along with flavorful Chinese inspired flavors.

Mushroom Avocado ToastsMushroom Avocado Toast
An open faced sandwich, light toasted, topped with fanned avocado, piled high with caramelized mushrooms, sprinkled with aged cheese and then finished with a few micro greens.

Blended Mushroom MeatloafMushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Sauce
Paula from Bell’alimento shares a meatloaf recipe that guarantees a dose of mushrooms in every bite.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup

Soup weather is here, meaning it’s time to get out of the cold and curl up with a big bowl (or two!). This creamy soup by Chez Us is rich, smooth, and believe it or not, doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s a great option for lunch or dinner.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup by Chez Us

I use to be more of a fair weather cook which meant I enjoyed the warmer seasons and took full advantage of summer’s bounty. Now, I have to admit that I am more of a cold weather home chef and enjoy nothing more than the comfort of a hearty soup or stew to warm up chilly evenings. The days and nights have finally begun to chill down in California, and I have begun taking advantage by making big pots of hearty soups. This recipe for Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup came about after a trip to London where I fell in love with a similar hearty recipe.

I am big on making creamy soups that do not require dairy to create that smooth, creamy texture. I achieve this indulgent bowl of soup, by using ingredients that are rich in flavor, cooking them long and slow, then pureeing in a food processor. Everyone is surprised at how flavorful the soups are without the added richness of cream or milk.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup by Chez Us

The depth of this recipe comes from roasting the mushrooms and parsnips before simmering with the other ingredients. While I roast root vegetables all the time, I did not begin working on roasted mushroom recipes until recently. I LOVE the character that comes with roasting mushrooms, even more so than sautéing them. Roasting the mushrooms adds a crazy depth to an already delicious ingredient by bringing out the earthy flavor and creating a rich, caramelized color.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup by Chez Us

Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup

What I love the most about this winter recipe is how easy it is to make, and how rich and flavorful it is.

Ingredients:
1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup leek, whites only, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
5 cups vegetable stock
1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely minced
sprigs of thyme
kosher salt, to taste
black pepper to taste

Method:
• Preheat the oven to 425.
• Place the parsnips on a baking sheet, drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top and toss to mix. Roast for 15 minutes.
• Remove the parsnips from the oven and add the mushrooms. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the top, using a spoon stir to mix. Roast for 15 minutes.
• In a dutch oven heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium low heat, then add the leeks. Stir and cook until soft, about 3 – 5 minutes.
• Add 1 of the cloves of garlic (the smashed one). Stir.
• Then add the mushroom mixture, thyme and the stock. Stir.
• Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a very low simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
• Let cool for 5 minutes.
• Using a food processor, in batches puree the mixture until smooth.
• Return to the dutch oven. Season with salt and pepper then gently reheat over very low heat.
• In a small saucepan heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium low heat. Add the shiitake mushrooms, stir and cook until lightly golden. This will take about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.
• To serve place some of the soup in a soup bowl, garnish with some of the shiitake mushrooms and a sprig of thyme.