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Savor Summertime with a Marinated Mushroom and Chickpea Salad

Savor the flavors of summer with a savory marinated mushroom and chickpea salad, courtesy of Aggie’s Kitchen

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“Summer is in full swing and I am enjoying everything that comes along with the season like beach days, fresh produce and of course, plenty of cookouts and picnics with family and friends. This refreshing and light Marinated Mushroom and Chickpea Salad is a great side dish for your next cookout or picnic, it can easily be made ahead with a few simple ingredients. It’s a tasty vegetarian or vegan option, if you are looking for something meatless to add to the menu.

Did you know that mushrooms stand out as a quality source of Vitamin D? Get that extra punch of vitamin D this summer with this flavorful mushroom salad.”

Marinated Mushroom and Chickpea Salad

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

8 oz baby portabella mushrooms*, cleaned and cut into quarters

2 roasted red peppers, cut into small pieces

1 – 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup red wine or sherry vinegar

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced

small pinch red pepper flakes, to taste

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley and/or fresh oregano

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine mushrooms with chickpeas and roasted red peppers in a large mixing bowl.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine sherry vinegar with olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Bring to a low boil and turn off heat. Pour vinaigrette over mushrooms, chickpeas and red peppers and gently stir.

Let sit for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so that ingredients absorb dressing. Add freshly chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Stir before serving (to distribute the dressing).

*UV exposed baby portabella mushrooms

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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.

Back to School with Mushrooms

With freshly sharpened pencils and brand new notebooks in hand, the kids are finally heading back to school! The bittersweet end of summer marks a new beginning for children and adults alike, offering a “second chance” at implementing new routines. This fall, we urge you to head back to school with mushrooms in mind. Between activities, recitals, homework and going to school itself, most parents are operating a mile a minute trying to keep up with their child’s extracurriculars. So how are you supposed to treat your family to their favorite foods, while keeping your schedule intact?

Nutritious eating doesn’t have to be time-consuming or boring! When creating your family’s school year schedule, the challenge lies in finding quick, nutritious meals that can please the even the pickiest eater’s palate. The secret to incorporating nutrient-filled mushrooms into your family’s diet is as easy as making a simple swap in some of their favorite meals. The truth is, at the end of a long day no one wants to spend hours preparing a meal.

Keeping fresh mushrooms on hand makes it easy to whip up a nutritious and tasty meal. A handful of mushrooms go a long way in boosting the nutrition of virtually any plate!

Blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat can also allow for a nutrient-filled way to enjoy traditional ground beef favorites. Blended mushroom recipes are a not only a cool way to fill half of your plate with veggies as MyPlate suggests, but a welcome addition to any meal because of their savory flavor.  By embracing the blendability of mushrooms, family favorites can become wholesome staples in your household.

Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes, which will have your little ones jumping for joy:

As an added bonus, dinnertime can transform from a simple meal time into an educational experience that kids can actively participate in. Invite kids to help you cook! While you get an extra hand in the preparation, kids can keep measuring and counting skills sharp – it’s the perfect complement to the new math lessons they pick up at school. This back to school season, keep mushrooms in mind as your perfect partner in preparing quick and tasty weeknight dinners.

A Birthday on a Plate

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Birthdays are symbolic in any household, but sometimes the birthday celebration can come from the plate itself.  On Sunday, June 2 MyPlate celebrated their 2nd birthday, and rather than sending the usual gift all wrapped up in a bow, their birthday wish is to increase healthy balanced plates across the country.

The USDA’s MyPlate icon emphasizes fruit, vegetable, grain, protein foods, and the dairy food groups to help families and individuals think about building a healthy plate when it comes time to preparing meals.  While MyPlate provides the framework for a healthy meal, they also provide the recipe inspiration to succeed.

Their Pinterest account is filled with delicious and comforting recipes that bring to life the idea of the MyPlate icon. From breakfast to dinner and protein to vegetarian, there is a recipe for every occasion. Dinners like Salami and Mushroom Pizza and Five Spice Turkey Burgers are perfect for the entire family to gather around this summer.   However, as we all know some of the best recipes are what we whip up from the ingredients in our own pantry.

MyPlate has partnered with The Mushroom Council this summer in “Swap It or Top It” a mushroom based recipe contest encouraging you to create, taste and inspire with mushrooms this summer. Categories range from a blended mushroom dish, replacing a portion of meat with finely chopped mushrooms to a MyPlate burger featuring whole grains, lean protein, fruit, vegetables and dairy.  Not only will the winning recipe receive bragging rights, but a grand prize of $5,000.

Whether you’re inspired to follow a MyPlate recipe or create your own, here’s to a savory and healthy summer ahead.