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Get Your Greens

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March marks the first glimpse of spring, and that means grocery stores and farmers markets will soon be blooming with seasonal greens and vegetables. Fresh arugula, beets, lettuce, mushrooms, radicchio and scallions glimmer amongst the other produce with a cheerful disposition. As we step away from the heavy foods of winter, we encourage you to rejuvenate your dinner plates with crisp, colorful and nutrient-rich greens.

Wholesome and nourishing, spring vegetables are packed with vitamins C, D and K, iron, potassium, fiber and calcium. Mushrooms alone provide important nutrients like selenium, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin D and more. Blending mushrooms with meat (known as The Blend) can also help cut down on red meat consumption and reduce excess calories and fat from your diet.

Whether you spice up your meals with veggie spring rolls, test a new salad, or simply add more raw veggies to the plate, it all adds up to a healthier lifestyle. Celebrate the bloom of springtime, and National Nutrition Month, with a few of our favorite fresh recipes.

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Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls
Kick off the season with these zesty spring rolls loaded with bright greens and meaty mushrooms.

 

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Taco Salad
Taco Tuesdays just got a new look! Pile your favorite ingredients on a bed of lettuce.

 

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Mushroom Veggie ‘Meatballs’ & Zucchini Pasta
Stack rich pasta sauce and veggie meatballs atop perfectly al dente zucchini ribbons.

 

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Minced Chicken & Mushroom Lettuce Cups
This light spring dish blends mushrooms, chicken, and asian flavors for a playful finger food.

 

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Grilled Mushroom Cobb Salad
Meaty portabella mushrooms top this vegetarian salad—perfect for lunch or as a hearty side salad.

 

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Mushroom Pizza
Pile on the mushrooms and enjoy a fun make-your-own pizza night with the family.

Show Your Heart Some Love with Mushrooms

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The month of February is all about the heart – as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. With heart disease listed as the number one cause of death in the United States, February is a good time to assess the foods you consume to help keep your heart healthy. One simple tip for your ticker: trim calories and fat from meat dishes by blending meat with mushrooms. Mushrooms are naturally low in calories, fat free and cholesterol free, and still add delicious flavor.

In celebration of this heart-focused month, we’re sharing dishes to make hearts happy – from romantic appetizers for two to hearty meals for the entire family.

caprese-stuffed-portabella1Caprese Stuffed Mushroom
Layer portabella mushrooms with mozzarella, tomato, and spinach for a fresh take on the Caprese salad and a lovely light lunch or pre-dinner salad.

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These oven-roasted, mushroom- and chorizo-stuffed mushrooms bathed in port wine sauce are sure to impress any date.

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Pepper Burrito “Bowls”
Meaty portabella mushrooms take the place of meat in these vegetarian pepper burrito bowls. Brown rice and beans make a healthy yet satisfying addition to the filling.

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Lamb Ragout
This one-pot ragout is an easy family meal or romantic entrée for two. Mushrooms blend seamlessly with ground lamb, extending portion sizes and boosting flavor.

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Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup
What’s cozier than curling up with a big bowl of soup? This creamy soup by Chez Us is rich, smooth, and believe it or not, doesn’t contain any dairy.

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Middle Eastern Meatballs with Cinnamon Spiced Tomato Sauce
Spice up a classic recipe: blended mushrooms add flavor and texture while the cinnamon and bulgur provide a pleasantly surprising twist.

Recipes to Keep Your Resolutions on Track

Recipes to Keep Your Resolutions on Track

New Year’s resolutions are in full effect. Like most of you, we are ready to take control of 2016 with a healthy and delicious meal plan. This year, the Mushroom Council would like to encourage everyone to see their resolutions through by consuming fewer calories and making informed food choices. Lucky for us, mushrooms can help!

Whether you are preparing appetizers, lunch or dinner, it’s easy to incorporate nutritious mushrooms:

  • Add mushrooms as a topping to favorites like avocado toast and seared salmon. Boosts flavor and nutrients in a matter of minutes.
  • Blend meat and mushrooms to naturally lower calories and saturated fat in classic dishes like meatloaf and fried rice. Don’t sacrifice flavor, mushrooms add umami.
  • Get creative and serve mushrooms in new ways! Stuff them with winter veggies or wrap a delicious Asian blend in buttery Boston lettuce.

How will you add mushrooms to your 2016 resolutions?

Asian Blended Lettuce WrapsAsian Lettuce Wraps
Lighten up lettuce wraps by blending half the beef with meaty tasting mushrooms.

Seared Baja Salmon Topped with MushroomsBaja Salmon with Mushrooms
Plenty of vitamin D in this highly flavorful salmon and mushroom dish.

Winter Salad Stuffed PortabellasWinter Salad Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Jennifer Farley from Savory Simple turns her favorite winter salad into a gourmet meal with a hearty portabella as the base.

Blended Pork Fried MushroomsPork Mushroom Fried Rice
For this Pork Mushroom Fried Rice recipe use half ground mushrooms and pork, along with flavorful Chinese inspired flavors.

Mushroom Avocado ToastsMushroom Avocado Toast
An open faced sandwich, light toasted, topped with fanned avocado, piled high with caramelized mushrooms, sprinkled with aged cheese and then finished with a few micro greens.

Blended Mushroom MeatloafMushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Sauce
Paula from Bell’alimento shares a meatloaf recipe that guarantees a dose of mushrooms in every bite.

Wordless Wednesday: Herb Roasted Mushrooms from Life's Ambrosia

Photo Credit: Ryan of Life's Ambrosia

This simple side dish looks like the perfect way to add some flavor to a healthy winter meal- posted and beautifully photographed by Deseree and Ryan of Life’s Ambrosia.

The Mushrooms and the Barley: Three Great Recipes

In these first few weeks of the New Year, many of us are still detoxing from the last few weeks of the old year.  The rich indulgence from every angle has the larger “us” craving simpler foods that just feel good, from start to finish and then maybe some tasty leftovers for lunch.  Today’s post features three recipes that will do just that, all incorporating two tasty, satiating ingredients that should be on the all-star roster for your winter menu: barley and (you guessed it!) mushrooms.

Turkey Veggie Barley Chili from Anne of Fannetastic Food

Mushroom Barley from Catherine of Weelicious

Healthy Mushroom Barley Soup from Christine of Once a Month Mom