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Earthy Mushroom Recipes for Earth Month 🌎

Bring springtime flavors to your plate with delicious, earthy mushroom recipes. 

Happy Earth Month, earthlings! Did you know the mighty mushroom is both healthy on the plate AND gentle on the planet? That’s because fresh mushrooms require minimal land, water and energy to grow. Bonus: they’re delicious! This month, add a healthy helping of earthy mushrooms to your plate with delicious springtime dishes.

Mushrooms mix wonderfully into your salads, taco bowls and brunch recipes for an added umami-punch that you can feel good about. As you enjoy your next mushroom-centric meal, here are some bite-size facts to fuel you this Earth Month.

On average, the production of 1 pound of mushrooms:

  • Requires only 1.8 gallons of water*
  • Requires only 1 kw hours of energy*
  • Generates only .7 pounds of CO2 emissions*
  • Plus, as many as 1 million pounds of mushrooms can grow on just 1 acre!

Download the complete report.

Earthy Mushroom Recipes

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad
Marinated sliced mushrooms add a burst of tanginess and meaty texture to crisp vegetables and creamy herb dressing. Make for your next picnic or spring holiday gathering.

Blended Mushroom Beef Brown Rice Taco Bowls

Mushroom, Beef and Brown Rice Taco Bowls
Lighten Taco Tuesdays by blending mushrooms with your meat. Save time by cooking the beef and mushroom blend in your slow cooker, then top with your favorite ingredients and enjoy.

Seven Minute Mushroom Spring Ramen Bowl

Seven-Minute Spring Ramen Bowl
Update this college staple (without losing the college budget!). Loaded with flavorful veggies and meaty mushrooms, this ramen makes an easy-breezy lunch or dinner in a time crunch.

Blended Greek Baked Eggs

Greek Baked Eggs
Go Mediterranean with a blended baked breakfast: eggs, lamb, mushrooms, kalamata olives, tomatoes, and feta. Delicious for breakfast (or brinner) and full of protein. Opa!

Spring Mushroom Galette

Spring Mushroom Galette
Bring your brunch to life with delicate flavors. Enjoy the earthiness of cremini and white button mushrooms blended with fresh herbs – parsley, chives and thyme – in a springtime galette.

Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls

Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls
It’s not springtime without spring rolls! The meaty flavor of oyster mushrooms adds a nice touch against crisp veggies. Sauté the mushrooms with butter and onions to bring out their flavor.

Mushroom Varieties Offer Different Health Benefits

DYK: Different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits. Read on to learn more!

While it’s easy to decipher between shapes and colors, it’s not as easy to see the nutritional differences between mushrooms. Mushrooms are a nutrient powerhouse with each type offering beneficial nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium and B vitamins.

Health Benefits of Mushroom Varieties

This March, during National Nutrition Month,“Put Your Best Fork Forward” and dive deeper into the leading health benefits[1] behind four common mushroom varieties.

Low-Calorie

Opt for white buttons: Boasting just 18.5 calories per serving[2], white button mushrooms contain the lowest calories of all mushroom varieties. Additionally, white buttons provide 15 percent of the daily recommended intake of the vitamin B3, niacin. Niacin may promote healthy skin and digestive health.

Bone Health

Say hello to shiitakes: One serving of shiitake mushrooms is an excellent source of copper, offering 40 percent of the recommended daily intake. Copper helps keep bones and nerves healthy.

Immunity

Choose cremini: One serving of cremini mushrooms is an excellent source of selenium, containing 31 percent of the recommended daily intake. Selenium may help the immune system function properly.

Vitamin D

Make room for maitake: One serving of maitake mushrooms contains a whopping 236 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin D. Vitamin D may help build and maintain strong bones by helping the body absorb calcium. Additionally, it may support cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and help reduce inflammation.

[1] Mushroom Varieties Chart and Nutrition by Varieties

[2] Average serving size is 4-5 mushrooms.

Shroom-mates: Nutritious Pairings for Heart Month

Shroom-mates | noun | Nutritious ingredients that pair perfectly with healthy mushrooms!

February, American Heart Month, is all about sharing the love with our “shroom-mates.” We’ve partnered with shroom-mates USA Pulses, Tomato Wellness and Nourish with Lamb to bring you nutritious, delicious recipes for the heart and plate. Check out the infographic below to see why the versatile mushroom pairs so well with other hearty ingredients, and then get 6 Nutritious Pairings for the Heart & Plate to round out your heart-healthy month!

Shroom-mates Health Infographic

 

Mushrooms are low in sodium, cholesterol free, fat free and low in calories.

Pair with Shroom-mates:

Pulses (dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas): Cholesterol-free, low in sodium and an excellent source of fiber. Find more at pulsepledge.com.

Tomato Products: Available year round, contain the antioxidant lycopene and can cool down inflammation (the root of chronic disease). Find more at tomatowellness.com.

Lamb: A source of healthy, unsaturated fats and an excellent source of vitamin B-12 and selenium. Find more at nourishwithlamb.com.

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.

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!