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Dinner Dilemmas Solved with ‘Shrooms

Mushrooms make dinner easy in these family-friendly recipes.

School is back in session and fall schedules are hectic! From carpool to homework, soccer practice to ballet, who has time to enjoy family dinner when you are being pulled in so many different directions? Solve your dinner dilemmas with mushrooms.

The Blend, or the act of combining mushrooms with meat, is one guaranteed way to get nutritious vegetables on the dinner table in a quick, easy and tasty way. If you only have minutes to get dinner on the table, prep the blended mushroom and meat mixture ahead of time and store it in the fridge (up to 1-2 days*) until ready to use. This is one simple way to incorporate low-calorie, low-sodium mushrooms into all of your dinner favorites – from burgers and tacos, to spaghetti and sloppy joes.

*Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Family-friendly recipes to add to the dinner menu:

Mushroom Pizza Rolls

Mushroom Pizza Rolls
These easy vegetarian pizza rolls make for an extra fun dinner! Store rolls up to four days in the refrigerator, then reheat in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds or enjoy cold/room temperature.

Turkey Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Turkey & Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
A blend of lean ground turkey and white button mushrooms creates a hearty filling in sloppy joes or to top on tender sweet potatoes. Skip the oven and simply microwave the potatoes until tender for an extra quick dinner.

Classic Blended Burger

Classic Blended Burger
Give the family what they want with this scrumptious burger. Mushrooms boost the juicy, umami flavor as well as vitamins and nutrients. Win-win.

Mushroom and Beef Tacos
Add a flavorful twist to taco night by blending half the beef with finely chopped mushrooms. Put out everyone’s favorite toppings for a fun DIY taco bar!

Blended Chili & Macaroni
This beef and mushroom chili is quick, easy and kid-approved. Add in elbow macaroni for a delicious, one-pot meal.

Mushroom Steak Sandwich with Cheese Whiz

Mushroom “Steak” Sandwich with Whiz
Mushrooms have a “meaty” texture and are a great alternative to beef in this creative and tasty take on the traditional steak sandwich.

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!

Mushroom and Chicken Quesadillas

Robyn from Add a Pinch shares a cheesy-good mushroom quesadilla recipe perfect for a quick after school snack or dinner for the family.

Being able to make a nutritious, delicious meal is always a priority and now with busy back-to-school schedules kicking up, making those meals quickly becomes important as well.

This easy mushroom and chicken quesadilla recipe is one that the whole family will enjoy, making it a win-win for busy weeknights! I like to cook the chicken ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for use throughout the week in recipes like this one. However, you can easily just omit the chicken, if you prefer, for a fast and fabulous mushroom quesadilla!

Here’s this simple Mushroom and Chicken Quesadilla Recipe. I think your family will love it!

 

Mushroom and Chicken Quesadilla

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pint sliced Portabella mushrooms
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cooked chicken breast, sliced
  • 4 (10-inch) corn or flour tortilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1 (10-ounce) package pepper jack or mozzarella cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. Drizzle olive oil into a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, onion, and chicken and sauté until chicken is heated through and mushrooms and onions have become tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove ingredients from skillet and pour into a bowl for use in preparing quesadillas. Carefully wipe out skillet with a towel.
  4. Add butter or olive oil to skillet, over medium heat.
  5. Add one tortilla to the skillet, top with one-fourth of the following: cheese, mushroom, onion and chicken mixture.
  6. Cook until cheese begins to melt and tortilla begins to brown on the underside.
  7. Fold tortilla over to close. Remove from skillet and serve warm.

 

Featured Contributor: Yaki Shiitake from La Fuji Mama

Editor’s Note: Rachael is the inventive home chef behind La Fuji Mama. Now a mother of two, many of her dishes take inspiration from the time she spent living in Japan. While she’s no stranger to mushrooms (the Japanese diet are rich with them), this is her first post for the Mushroom Channel. Check out her recipe below but make the jump over to her main site when you’re done!

Yakitori, a dish of chicken threaded on skewers and cooked over a charcoal fire, is one of those foods that I start to crave when the weather turns sunny and warm. With all the beautiful weather we’ve been having, I decided it was time to break out the bamboo skewers and make some. Instead of making the traditional chicken skewers, I used fresh shiitake mushrooms and sliced scallions. Shiitake mushrooms, a native fungi of Japan, have a rich meaty and slightly smokey flavor. These mushrooms are fat free and a great source of protein, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamin C. Grilling them brings out their wonderful meaty flavor. You’ll find you won’t miss the chicken!

This is also a great way to introduce kids to shiitake mushrooms. I’ve found that kids are more receptive to anything served on a stick. Case in point—when my three year old saw we were making yakitori, she got very excited and told me, “I want some!” She didn’t even know what we were putting on those skewers!

Yakitori, a dish of chicken threaded on skewers and cooked over a charcoal fire, is one of those foods that I start to crave when the weather turns sunny and warm. With all the beautiful weather we’ve been having, I decided it was time to break out the bamboo skewers and make some. Instead of making the traditional chicken skewers, I used fresh shiitake mushrooms and sliced scallions. Shiitake mushrooms, a native fungi of Japan, have a rich meaty and slightly smokey flavor. These mushrooms are fat free and a great source of protein, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamin C. Grilling them brings out their wonderful meaty flavor. You’ll find you won’t miss the chicken!

When you are buying shiitake mushrooms, look for mushrooms that are plump, firm, and clean, and avoid any that have wet slimy spots on them or are wrinkled. They can be stored in the refrigerator in a loosely closed paper bag for about a week until you are ready to use them. Making the skewers is easy. You simple clean the mushrooms and discard their stems, and wash and cut the scallions into pieces. Then you thread the mushrooms and scallions onto the skewers. Make sure to soak your bamboo skewers beforehand so that they do not burn. Fresh shiitake mushrooms mushrooms are soft, so do not squeeze or push too hard. If you are having difficulty pushing the skewer through a mushroom, gently rotate the skewer as you are trying to push it through.

When you have finished putting the skewers together, you brush them with a tiny bit of vegetable oil and then set them on a preheated grill, with the mushrooms facing gill side up. You can also cook these skewers under the broiler. If you do this, make sure you start by cooking the skewers gill side down.

When the skewers have finished cooking and you are ready to serve them, brush them with a bit of tare (a slightly sweet and savory Japanese basting sauce) and serve them. They make a fabulous appetizer or side dish for a Spring or Summertime menu.

Yaki Shiitake (Shiitake & Scallion Yakitori)

Makes 8 skewers

For the tare (basting sauce):
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup mirin
¼ granulated sugar

For the skewers:
16 large fresh shiitake mushrooms, preferably donko
1 bunch scallions
Vegetable oil

1. Make the tare: Put the soy sauce, mirin, and sugar into a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat. When the mixture begins to boil, reduce the heat to low, and continue cooking over low heat for 20 minutes. Skim any scum off the surface as the sauce is cooking. Set aside.

2. Make the skewers: Soak the bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes. Preheat the grill. Clean the mushrooms with a slightly damp paper towel or cotton cloth, then cut away and discard the stems. Cut the firm white and whitish green parts of the scallions into 1 ¾ inch lengths.

3. Thread two mushrooms (lengthwise through the mushroom caps) and two pieces of scallion onto each skewer, alternating between the mushrooms and scallion pieces. Brush the mushrooms and scallions with a light layer of vegetable oil.

4. Place the skewers on the grill, with mushrooms facing gill side up. Cook the skewers until the tops of the mushroom caps are dry. Turn the skewers over (mushrooms gill side down), and cook them until the insides become wet with the mushrooms’ own juice. Turn the skewers over (mushrooms gill side up) one more time and cook for about 1 or 2 minutes more until the mushrooms and scallions are completely cooked through.

5. Remove the skewers from the grill, and with a pastry brush, baste them with the tare. Arrange the skewers on a large plate and serve.
Yakitori, a dish of chicken threaded on skewers and cooked over a charcoal fire, is one of those foods that I start to crave when the weather turns sunny and warm. With all the beautiful weather we’ve been having, I decided it was time to break out the bamboo skewers and make some. Instead of making the traditional chicken skewers, I used fresh shiitake mushrooms and sliced scallions. Shiitake mushrooms, a native fungi of Japan, have a rich meaty and slightly smokey flavor. These mushrooms are fat free and a great source of protein, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamin C. Grilling them brings out their wonderful meaty flavor. You’ll find you won’t miss the chicken!