Posts Tagged ‘healthy eating’

Get Back in the Habit of Quick Family Meals with Mushrooms

Much like the new calendar year which brings about inspiration for change, preparing for the start of a new school year offers the opportunity to reset and revamp our habits. The days of all-day play and improvised mealtimes will soon be behind us, here to stay are quick weekday meals perfectly placed in your family’s busy schedule. The return to a structured schedule offers the opportunity to ease back into healthier habits. To inspire your family’s shift to a busier schedule, we’ve rounded up 7 of our favorite recipes – a mushroom meal for every day!

Start the week right with a mushroom-filled breakfast. Make breakfast time less hectic by whipping up a quick five minute scramble mug to help fuel your family and tackle the day.

Spice up Tuesday’s dinner with a blended chorizo and mushroom taco recipe the whole family can gather around! Letting kids get creative with their toppings makes this meal a win-win.

Pack a power lunch with a satisfying portabella pasta salad. Mushrooms add savory flavor to this light, quick and easy meal – perfect for brown-bagging the leftovers!

This crowd-pleasing favorite is perfect for any busy schedule. Blending a portion of mushrooms with ground beef adds a kick of flavor while sneaking nutritional benefits into this one-skillet meal. Bonus – only one dish to wash!

TGIF! Put a twist on family pizza night with this veggie pizza – thinly sliced mushrooms, red onions and zucchini roast as the three cheeses melt.

Saturday’s a day of play! Make the most of the extra time on the weekends by putting together a decadent lunch. This mushroom tart may look difficult to make, but it’s actually a simple task, when you start with a premade crust.

Wrap up the weekend with a classic mushroom brunch. This portabella eggs benedict recipe is a savory way to start a lazy Sunday.


Your Questions Answered: Keri Glassman Talks "Superfoods" and Nutrient Preservation

Today we are thrilled to have author and nutrition expert Keri Glassman answer nutrition questions submitted by our amazing fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. Fresh off the release of her new book, The O2 Diet, Keri dishes with us on nutrition, superfoods and her tips for maintaining a healthy diet. And we can’t help but notice she’s a big fan of mushrooms. We had some really excellent questions come through- too many for one post.  Keep an eye out for Part II next week!

Q: It feels like everyone is talking about “superfoods.” What are some examples, and what makes them special? Stephanie (Los Angeles, CA)

A: I like to think of superfoods as nutrient-rich foods that provide incredible health benefits and should be included in a balanced diet. Personally, I focus on those that are high in antioxidants. When you consume nutrient-rich foods, you feel good, you look better, and as a result, you are more likely to live a healthier lifestyle.

When I hit the grocery store, the following must-have foods are always in my shopping cart:

  • Mushrooms are a best-kept secret to make any diet possible thanks to their flavor, value, nutrition and versatility. I toss a handful into whatever I’m cooking; they are low in fat and calories, but will fill you up. Mushrooms are also the only source of vitamin D in the produce section
  • Olive oil, avocados and nuts are a great way to add healthy fat into your diet.
  • Berries! On their own, in a smoothie, for a snack or dessert – you can’t go wrong.
  • Spices go a long way when you’re cooking. They add flavor without adding calories, and can help you feel more satisfied as a result. Chile pepper, cinnamon, cumin, rosemary – go nuts and reap the benefits, they’re usually heart healthy and full of antioxidants!
  • Green tea is always at the top of my list. It’s rich in antioxidants called catechins, which stimulate the body to burn calories and decrease body fat.

Q: I’m always afraid that I’m cooking the nutrients out of my mushrooms. What is the best way to preserve the nutrients in veggies when I’m cooking? Do mushrooms lose their nutritional value when dried? — Linda (San Jose, CA) & Kathi (Kennett Square, PA)

A: Before you step into the kitchen, check out some easy tips on how to prepare mushrooms to ensure you’re cooking them properly. When it comes to drying foods, this process usually increases the nutrient count because by removing water you increase the concentration of other nutrients per gram. So when considering the same volume of fresh or dried mushrooms, the dried mushrooms will have more nutrients than their raw counterparts because the water weight has been removed.

Mushroom Recipes of the Week: Feast Your Eyes

It would seem that many of you have taken on January with a walk on the lighter side and I have to say that we’re finding it very inspirational.  With that in mind, this week we’re focusing on family meals with taste toward healthy living.

Photo Credit: The Wright RecipesRed Quinoa and Almond Pilaf with Mixed Mushrooms. That’s one pretty plate and my guess is that leftovers make for happy next-day lunching.  Check out the recipe at The Wright Recipes.

Photo Credit: GoodLife EatsIf you follow us on Twitter, you may have noticed this call-out this morning. The combination sounded so good that it’s worth a second look.  Balsamic Roasted Mushroom Risotto.  Just let that sink in a moment with the thought that few things soak up flavor like a mushroom does.  So then you have that rich meaty texture soaked through with the sweet bite of vinegar and finished with fresh, herb-y rosemary.  I can’t wait to take this goodLife {eats} recipe back to my own kitchen!

Photo Credit: Kid AppealA big pile of delicious…that’s what this is. Jenna from Food with Kid Appeal is big on including mushrooms in her family meal plan (more about that here).  “Mushrooms are one optimal life food I want my family eating.” We’re glad to hear it!

Photo Credit: Recipe GirlJust in case you have the rest of dinner sorted out but need a stellar side dish, look no further than Recipe Girls easy peezy Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots.  Three items that add a lot of flavor without a lot of fat…you can find the recipe and the nutrition information here.