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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.

Pack a Nutritious Punch in Your Lunch

A nutritious lunch can make all the difference in your day!

Avoid the 3 o’clock slump by packing a hearty and healthy lunch that will keep you feeling full and energized all afternoon. Offering beneficial nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium and B vitamins, mushrooms are the ultimate superfood. Make your lunch a true “power lunch” by adding mushrooms!

DYK: Different mushroom varieties offer different health benefits. Switch up the varieties you use in your favorite mushroom recipes.

  • Looking for low-cal? Opt for white buttons. Boasting just 18.5 calories per serving*, white button mushrooms contain the lowest calories of all mushroom varieties1.
  • Say hello to shiitakes for bone health. One serving of shiitake mushrooms is an excellent source of copper1, which helps keep bones and nerves healthy.
  • For immunity, choose cremini. One serving of cremini mushrooms is an excellent source of selenium1, which may help the immune system function properly.
    Vitamin D = maitake. One serving of maitake mushrooms contains a whopping 236 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin D1.

*Average serving size is 4-5 mushrooms

Nutritious Lunch Recipes

Turkey Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Turkey & Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Lean ground turkey and white button mushrooms create a hearty topping for tender sweet potatoes. Make them for dinner and bring the leftovers for lunch the next day!

Shiitake Mushroom Ramen To-Go

Shiitake Mushroom Ramen To-Go
Create a comforting lunch to-go in a jar! Earthy shiitake mushrooms and noodles in rich broth will brighten your lunchtime and fill you up for the afternoon.

Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties

Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties
Spice up your afternoon with savory chicken patties atop a healthy bed of veggies. Lighten your meat serving by blending in flavorful cremini mushrooms.

Marinated Mushroom and Chickpea Salad

Marinated Mushroom & Chickpea Salad
This refreshing salad is packed with healthy mushrooms and chickpeas, and can easily be made on Sunday prep days for grab-and-go lunches later in the week!

Garden Mushroom Meatloaf

Garden Mushroom Meatloaf
Boost nutrition and stretch your dollar by blending mushrooms into your beef. This flavorful garden meatloaf is terrific for reheating throughout the week!

Broccolini Mushroom Salad

Broccolini Mushroom Salad
Load up the greens with this super simple salad. Go full veg, or pair it with salmon or chicken for a delicious and nutritious lunch to keep you going.

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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!

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: Celebrate National Grilling Month with Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties

Turn up the heat this month and top your summer salad with Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties from Chez Us. Your patio party just got better. 

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July is National Grilling Month, and I have been firing up our indoor grill as well as the outside one often all month long.  One of our favorite recipes has been this one for Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties using The Blend method.  Inspired by the flavors of South East Asia cuisine, it is packed with flavor and it is light and healthy.  Perfect for summer time meals or any season meals.

I am always looking for ways to make our meals healthier, and one way I approach this is by using The Blend method by replacing half of the meat in a recipe with chopped mushrooms.  Added flavor, vitamins and nutrients, as well mushrooms make every recipe extra moist and juicy.  I feel better knowing I made one of my recipes healthier with the addition of mushrooms.  When I serve a recipe using The Blend method to friends and family, they are always so surprised that half of the “meat” is mushrooms.  Great for picky eaters too.

To make serving these patties fun as well as leaner on my waistline, I serve them wrapped in lettuce leaves along with carrots, cucumber, and more cilantro. I prefer to make ribbons out of the carrots but feel free to grate or thinly slice. The cucumbers are sliced very thin, with the seeds left in.

The dressing is a drizzle of nuoc cham, which is a traditional Thai sauce usually served with spring rolls, and equally as good with this recipe. My version is more tart and a little spicy, perfect companion with the grilled mushroom chicken patties.

Asian Mushroom Chicken Patties

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2/3 cup panko
  • 1/8 cup cilantro, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1 egg
  • sprinkle salt and pepper
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, grated or cut into ribbons

Dressing:

  • 1/8 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 large garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small red chili, thinly sliced
  • butter or red leaf lettuce

Method:

  • In a processor or chopper, chop the mushrooms finely.
  • Place the mushrooms, ground chicken, yellow onion, garlic, bread crumbs, cilantro, Sriracha, egg and salt and pepper together in a bowl.  Mix well.
  • Form the mixture into small patties – will make 12.
  • Preheat a stove-top grill pan or an outdoor grill.  Lightly coat the grate with a little olive oil.
  • Place the patties onto the hot grill and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes.  The meat will lift up on its own when it is ready to turn over.
  • Flip and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes until cooked through.
  • Remove from the grill.
  • To serve, place a lettuce leaf onto a plate, top with some cucumber, carrots, cilantro and a mushroom chicken patty.
  • Drizzle with some dressing.
  • Serve.
  • Dressing – I make this earlier in the day and place into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients together in a small jar, place on the lid and shake to combine.