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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.

Meaty Mushrooms Star in Wiz Kid’s Philly

Wiz Kid is the brainchild of Rich Landau, chef and owner of trendy restaurants V Street and Vedge in Philadelphia. We recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Chef Rich about his new fast-casual restaurant and his star “crowd stunner” menu item: the Wiz Kid Philly. The best part? He swapped traditional steak for juicy, meaty mushrooms.

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What inspired you to open a fast-casual restaurant?

“People don’t have time for fancy, white tablecloth, hour-long lunches anymore. In fact, some might be lucky to even have a half hour for lunch these days. Fast casual is being defined as the new American cuisine, because people want something that is healthy, delicious and fair priced, that they can take on the go.”

Why did you decide to swap mushrooms for meat in the Wiz Kid Philly?

“We wanted to use something that is completely fresh and whole. There aren’t many, if any, other vegetables that can mimic the taste of meat quite like mushrooms. When treated right, mushrooms are delicious, meaty and smoky. Portabellas are one of the best food products – they’re a real ‘knife & fork’ food. A knife won’t glide through any other food like it does through a portabella.”

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What is your favorite mushroom variety?

“While portabellas are great to have on hand because of their versatility, my favorite variety is the maitake. They’re the next big thing. They have a very distinct ‘mushroomy’ flavor – which is a good thing! They’re just a beautiful mushroom. I love the difference in texture and the variety of flavor. When grilled, the tops get crunchy, crackly and caramelized, while the base stays thick and meaty.”

What is your go-to mushroom dish?

“Right now, probably the Philly from Wiz Kid. It’s just such a crowd stunner, and it’s great to see peoples’ reactions when they try it. They wonder why they have been eating meat all this time when they could be eating mushrooms!”

What has been the reaction to Wiz Kid so far?

“So far, the reaction has been stellar. I’ve had the sandwich recipe in my back pocket for a few years now, and I finally had the opportunity to showcase it. We’re super thrilled about it.”

If you live in Philly, we encourage you to try the famous Wiz Kid Philly for yourself, check out Wiz Kid’s satellite location in Whole Foods, and stay tuned for Wiz Kid’s 19th street location – opening soon!

Snuggle up to Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings with Mushrooms this Winter

Snuggle up to comfort food this season with a hearty Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings with Mushrooms! Thanks, Paula of bell’alimento for the recipe and inspiration.

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Chicken and dumplings is classic Southern comfort food that’s perfect to consume all winter long. This one starts by sautéing bacon until crispy. Anything that starts out with bacon is going to be good in my book. Next, we’ll fry the chicken (we’re using dark meat which is more flavorful than white meat) in the bacon grease.

We’re building levels of flavor here: onions, garlic, fresh herbs and white wine join the party. Into the hot tub of comfort, we’ll add chicken stock and simmer until the chicken is falling off the bones.

Typically, you don’t find mushrooms in chicken and dumplings, and I’m not sure why. To change this, we’ve used a mix of fresh mushrooms for extra flavor. You can, as always, use your favorite fresh mushrooms. I would recommend sautéing the mushrooms by themselves, and then add them to the pot after the dumplings come in.

You might also think about adding yeast rolls to sop up the thick flavorful sauce. This is one dish that will be in our regular rotation this winter and I hope it will be in yours too!

Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings with Mushrooms Recipe

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 ounces thick bacon – diced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2.5 pounds chicken legs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion – minced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
8 cups chicken broth
frozen flat dumplings
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces mixed mushrooms

Directions:
In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

WHILE bacon is cooking, season chicken with salt and pepper.

Place flour into a shallow bowl. Dredge chicken in flour making sure it’s lightly coated on all sides.

Place chicken into Dutch oven and cook for approximately 20-25 minutes until golden and crispy, turning as necessary. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.

In Dutch oven, add onion and garlic. Sauté until softened, stirring as necessary. Add wine to deglaze and cook until reduced by half.

Return chicken to Dutch oven. Add thyme, bay leaves, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce and cook for 1 hour or until chicken is tender and falling off bone.

Five minutes prior to end of cook time, in a sauté pan add butter and heat over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook until softened.

WHILE mushrooms are cooking, add desired amount of frozen dumplings to Dutch oven and stir.

Prior to serving, add mushrooms and bacon to Dutch oven. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

Go Day-to-Night with Firebirds’ Winter Features

Firebirds Winter Features are available now through January 3, 2017 – don’t miss out!

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill just launched their Winter Features, which means you’ve got some delicious decisions to make.

Keep it day-time casual and stop by for a drool-worthy Bleu Cheese Burger – pepper crusted and topped with bleu cheese sauce and port wine-sautéed portabella mushrooms.

Firebirds Winter Features Bleu Cheese Burger

Or, do date-night right with delectable Wood Grilled Twin Filets – topped with port wine-sautéed portabella mushrooms and served with roasted Brussels sprouts, squash and sweet potatoes.

Firebirds Winter Features Twin Medallion Filets

Lucky for you, there’s time for both: Firebirds Winter Features run through January 3, 2017. Find a Firebirds near you.