Posts Tagged ‘Fall’

3 “Souper” Ways to Include Mushrooms this Season

Elevate soup season with fresh, umami-rich mushroom soups.

Warm up these cooler days with fresh mushrooms. Whether you’re cooking a weeknight dinner or prepping for a holiday party, incorporating umami-rich mushrooms into your favorite comfort foods is the perfect way to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables – and a boost of flavor – this season.

Adding vitamin D into our diets this time of year is essential to coping with shorter days and longer nights. Thankfully, mushrooms, such as maitake are packed with vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone strength.

Check out three of our favorite and “souper” versatile recipes fit for the season:

Vegetarian? Toss your favorite mushrooms into this Creamy Mushroom & 3 Bean Soup. The protein and fiber from the beans will keep you full and focused for hours.

Creamy Three Bean Mushroom Soups

Recipe Courtesy of Dine and Dish

Fall Cream of Mushroom Soup: Take this comfort classic up a notch by adding fresh button, baby portabella, shiitake and oyster mushrooms into the mix.

Creamy Mushrooms Soups

Recipe courtesy of Chef Billy Parisi

Whip up a batch of this rich, non-dairy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup for dinner and savor the flavor of sweet parsnips and herbaceous thyme.

Roasted Parsnip Mushroom Soups

Recipe courtesy of Chez Us

 

Embrace Fall with Family-Friendly Comfort Classics

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November is officially here, meaning fall is in full swing and the holidays are just around the corner. With the longer nights, crisp days and cloudy skies, all we want to do is curl up with a cozy blanket, watch football and indulge in some serious comfort food. From vibrant stuffed winter squash and hearty casseroles to flavorful stroganoff and salisbury steak, we’ve rounded up our favorite soul-warming mushroom dishes to get you through the month. What are your family’s favorite comfort foods?

Tips for convenient meals:

  • Stock your freezer with your favorite ground meats, and use throughout the winter when you need dinner in a pinch.
  • Take advantage of in-season produce by adding nutrient-rich squash, yams, turnips and kale to your meal plan.
  • Turn hearty leftovers into breakfast the next day. Warm up veggies and meats then throw into an omelet or frittata, and top with your favorite cheese!

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Easy Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy
Blended with umami-rich mushrooms, this Salisbury Steak is an indulgence you can feel good about.

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Mushroom, Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash
This autumnal dish is perfect for a November Meatless Monday.

Blenditarian Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole
This Tater Tot Casserole is made with ground turkey and mushrooms for a lighter spin on a comfort classic.

Blenditarian Beef Stroganoff

Quick Mushroom Beef Stroganoff Skillet
This quick stroganoff dish proves that comfort food doesn’t have to take hours to prepare.

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Leftover Stuffing Mushroom Strata
Looking for a fun(gi) way to utilize Thanksgiving leftovers? This strata will do the trick.

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Blended Shepherd’s Pie
Mmmm. It doesn’t get better than steaming Shephard’s Pie on a chilly fall evening.

 

Fall into Good Eating Habits: 5 Easy Things to Just Add In

David Grotto, RDN, LDN is sharing a prep ahead trick that will add a healthy dose of veggies to your favorite dishes this season.

Mushroom Tacos with Salsa Verde

Before you read another word, let’s address your biggest food fears. Surrendering taste, enjoyment and a full belly often top the list. Luckily, I am here to share great news! These tips don’t require you to spend all day in the kitchen. Yay! Sit back, relax and I’ll show you five easy and nutritious ingredients to “just add in” for a sneak-attack approach to good health.

Everyone wants to eat healthy, but not everyone has heard that great taste, satisfaction, a full belly and good health can co-exist. One of the secrets I share with my patients and readers is that adding in vegetables can really improve the nutrition profile of a dish without sacrificing taste. Adding veggies in place of some or all of the fat can also help lower calories. But for today’s example, this is simply about adding in veggies without kicking any other ingredient to the curb. Whether you choose to tell anyone of your master plan, that’s completely up to you – your secret is safe with me.

What you need to get started:

  • A blender or food processor.
  • Canned beans
  • Fresh frozen or canned spinach
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash
  • An ice cube tray
  • Water or vegetarian chicken broth

Final Product: Five different veggie cubes that make a simple addition to just about any dish.

1. Mushrooms: You really get a culinary and health 2-for-1 out of this veggie. Mushrooms add a nice savory flavor and volume with very little calories. Don’t even get me started on the added value of vitamin D, selenium and cholesterol-lowering beta-glucans.

Procedure: Add cleaned raw or cooked mushrooms to a blender or food processor add a splash of water or broth to make a thick liquid after blending. The idea here is to add just enough liquid to make it pourable. When blended to the right consistency, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.

Add it to: Soups, sauces, gravies, dips, taco meat, chili, risotto, ground meat and more.

2. Spinach: This veggie gives you the most bang for the nutrition buck compared to any other leafy green. It’s an excellent source of 12 nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin C.

Procedure: Add cleaned raw or cooked spinach to a blender or food processor and add a splash of water or broth to make a thick liquid after blending. When blended to the right consistency, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.

Add it to: Soups, sauces, dips, smoothies, dressings, taco meat, chili, risotto, ground meat and more.

3. Beans: Loaded with protein, fiber, b-vitamins and iron as well as a host of other nutrients.

Procedure: Add canned or cooked to a blender or food processor and add a splash of water or broth to make a thick liquid after blending. When blended to the right consistency, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.

Add it to: Soups, sauces, dips, dressings, taco meat, chili, risotto and more.

4. Sweet Potato: This sweet veggie is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin A, C and potassium.

Procedure: Add cooked, peeled sweet potatoes to a blender or food processor add a splash of water or broth to make a thick liquid after blending. When blended to the right consistency, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.

Add it to: Mac & cheese, soups, sauces, dips, oatmeal, brownies, smoothies, dressings, chili, ground meat and more.

5. Winter Squash: Pumpkin, acorn, butternut, spaghetti or any other variety fit into this category. Winter squashes are a terrific source of nutrients such as beta carotene, fiber, iron and magnesium.

 Procedure: Add cooked or canned squash to a blender or food processor add a splash of water or broth to make a thick liquid after blending. When blended to the right consistency, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.

 Add it to: Mac & cheese, soups, sauces, dips, oatmeal, brownies, smoothies, dressings, chili, ground meat and more.

 

Arborio & Mushroom Fall Side Dish

Erin from $5 Dinners shares a recipe for an Arborio & Mushroom dish that will let your taste buds know it’s fall regardless of what the temperature says.

Arborio and Mushroom Salad by $5 Dinners

When the flavors of fall collide in one dish, all feels right in the world. While the crisp fall weather is here for some, it’s still doesn’t feel like fall for others. Those in the north don their fleeces and enjoy a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte. However, those of us in the south wish there was an iced version of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and are still sweating through Saturday morning soccer games.

This side dish/lunch/vegetarian dinner hopes to bring harmony into the current mixtures of fall weather across the country. The people in southern Arizona can enjoy this dish at the same time as their friends in northern New Hampshire. It’s a fall flavored dish that can be served chilled or warm, allowing you to enjoy the taste of fall comfort whether you live north, south, east or west.

If you’re looking to make this dish heartier for a main course, don’t forget that you can add some diced chicken or turkey to make a simple 50/50 meat and mushroom blend.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. minced onion, or 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth (plus 1 cup water)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • 10 oz. fresh spinach leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 sweet apple, such as honeycrisp, peeled and chopped

Directions

1. Heat the butter and olive oil to medium saucepan. Add the onion and basil and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the arborio rice and then quickly pour in the 2 cups of chicken broth. Bring to a boil and let the broth soak into the rice. Then add the 1 cup of water and continue cooking until it has been absorbed.

2. Meanwhile, sauté the mushrooms in the olive oil for 2 minutes, then add the spinach and cook until most of the leaves have wilted. Transfer to mixing bowl.

3. Once the rice has cooked, add to the mixing bowl and combine with the mushrooms and spinach. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Stir in the apple pieces.

5. Serve Arborio & Mushroom Fall Side Dish, warm with some chicken, or chilled for a quick lunch on the run.

10 Ways to Celebrate National Mushroom Month

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Thinking about September can bring to mind a variety of events. It’s the beginning of a new school year, football Sundays and the crispness of fall in the air. For those who have not heard, it’s also an entire month dedicated to our favorite fungi with the official title of National Mushroom Month. Since mushrooms are grown all-year long, their appeal is universal; however, there is a natural comfort to fall meals, and mushrooms are the perfect addition for a healthy dose of nutrition and flavor.  Check out our list of 10 ideas below to celebrate the savory shroom this month.

1) Reinvent a classic in a new way, such as this Mushroom Cheese Steak Stir-Fry.

2) Stuff mushrooms with a variety of flavors AND use mushrooms as the filling for a stuffed pear.

3) Experiment with new flavors in this recipe for Mushrooms Bhuna, an indian inspired dish with garam masala and cilantro.

4) Enjoy pizza for breakfast, with this egg and mushroom inspired breakfast pizza.

5) Whip up a cozy fall risotto, perfect for leftovers the next day.

6) Blend mushrooms into your meat based dishes, with the 50/50 mushroom: meat blend method.

7) Discover how mushrooms are grown.

8) Dine out with mushrooms on the menu.

9) Create a simple and delicious mushroom sauté perfect to accompany or top off any meal.

10) Put a healthier spin on game day with Portabella Skins.

Of course, there are hundreds and hundreds of creative mushroom recipes beyond this list. For more inspiration be sure to check out our full recipe database and Pinterest boards.  It’s time to #Fall4Mushrooms.