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6 Mighty Mushroom Recipes to Jump Start 2017

Start the New Year fresh with mighty mushroom recipes!

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It’s officially January, meaning it’s time to put away the holiday decorations and focus on the year ahead. Whether you’re hoping to shed pounds after consuming a few too many large, sodium-packed holiday meals, or are just looking for some healthy recipes to add to your arsenal, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite mighty mushroom meals to help you hit the ground running.

Tips to help you stick with your resolutions:

  • Cut calories and sodium by swapping out a portion of the ground meat for finely chopped mushrooms in your favorite burger and pasta sauce recipes.
  • Hop on the Meatless Monday trend and make mushrooms the star of your meals one day per week. Thanks to mushrooms’ umami, you won’t even miss the meat!
  • Rather than focusing on what you need to eliminate from your diet, try adding more fruits, veggies and whole grains to your meal plan.

Mighty Mushroom Recipes

Blenditarian Korean Rice Bowl

Korean Rice Bowls with Turkey and Mushrooms
Not quite ready to give up comfort food? These Blended Korean Rice Bowls feel indulgent but are easy on the waistline.

Roasted Mushroom Whea Berry Salad

Roasted Mushroom and Wheat Berry Salad with Orange Curry Vinaigrette
Bursting with bright citrus and bold curry, this Wheat Berry Salad proves healthy doesn’t have to be boring.

Italian Turkey Sausage Sliders

Italian Turkey Sausage Sliders
These Blended Turkey Sausage Sliders are perfectly bite-sized appetizers for your bowl game watch party.

Vegetable Noodle Bowl

Vegetable Noodle Bowl
Packed with juicy mushrooms and crunchy veggies, these flavorful bowls will keep you full and happy.

Blenditarian Kefta Kebobs

Easy Mushroom Kefta Kebob
Blend mushrooms, beef and Middle Eastern spices together for a flavor-packed weeknight dinner solution.

Portobello Pizzas

Pesto Portobello Pizzas
Craving pizza? Swap the crust with portobellos for a lighter twist on a comfort classic.

The Blend: Your New Year’s Resolution Solution

Resolving to be healthier in 2016? You’re not alone. According to a recent survey, Americans have resolved to “live a healthier lifestyle” this year. The key to keeping resolutions: make simple shifts toward healthier long-term eating patterns, such as adding more veggies to your favorite foods as recommended in the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines.

This year, resolve to try The Blend, combining chopped mushrooms with ground meat, to help you stay on track without sacrificing flavor. Here are three healthy perks of The Blend:

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  • Trim calories and fat. Mushrooms are naturally low in calories, fat free and cholesterol free. Research shows that increasing the intake of lower calorie foods, specifically mushrooms, in place of those higher in calories, like ground beef, can be an effective method for reducing calorie and fat intake while still feeling full and satisfied after a meal.
  • Reduce sodium intake. Excessive levels of sodium may put you at risk for high blood pressure, stroke and even kidney disease. Fortunately, mushrooms are low in sodium and rich in umami – meaning enhanced flavor without the added salt.
  • Add nutrients. Mushrooms provide important nutrients such a vitamin D, B vitamins, antioxidants and potassium. Plus, blending mushrooms into a recipe can add an easy serving of vegetables to the plate.

Don’t just take it from us, test the benefits of The Blend in your favorite recipes. This one pot lamb ragout is a flavorful and easy weeknight meal the entire family will enjoy.

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Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup

Soup weather is here, meaning it’s time to get out of the cold and curl up with a big bowl (or two!). This creamy soup by Chez Us is rich, smooth, and believe it or not, doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s a great option for lunch or dinner.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup by Chez Us

I use to be more of a fair weather cook which meant I enjoyed the warmer seasons and took full advantage of summer’s bounty. Now, I have to admit that I am more of a cold weather home chef and enjoy nothing more than the comfort of a hearty soup or stew to warm up chilly evenings. The days and nights have finally begun to chill down in California, and I have begun taking advantage by making big pots of hearty soups. This recipe for Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup came about after a trip to London where I fell in love with a similar hearty recipe.

I am big on making creamy soups that do not require dairy to create that smooth, creamy texture. I achieve this indulgent bowl of soup, by using ingredients that are rich in flavor, cooking them long and slow, then pureeing in a food processor. Everyone is surprised at how flavorful the soups are without the added richness of cream or milk.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup by Chez Us

The depth of this recipe comes from roasting the mushrooms and parsnips before simmering with the other ingredients. While I roast root vegetables all the time, I did not begin working on roasted mushroom recipes until recently. I LOVE the character that comes with roasting mushrooms, even more so than sautéing them. Roasting the mushrooms adds a crazy depth to an already delicious ingredient by bringing out the earthy flavor and creating a rich, caramelized color.

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup by Chez Us

Roasted Mushroom Parsnip Soup

What I love the most about this winter recipe is how easy it is to make, and how rich and flavorful it is.

Ingredients:
1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and cut into quarters
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1″ pieces
3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup leek, whites only, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
5 cups vegetable stock
1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely minced
sprigs of thyme
kosher salt, to taste
black pepper to taste

Method:
• Preheat the oven to 425.
• Place the parsnips on a baking sheet, drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top and toss to mix. Roast for 15 minutes.
• Remove the parsnips from the oven and add the mushrooms. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the top, using a spoon stir to mix. Roast for 15 minutes.
• In a dutch oven heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium low heat, then add the leeks. Stir and cook until soft, about 3 – 5 minutes.
• Add 1 of the cloves of garlic (the smashed one). Stir.
• Then add the mushroom mixture, thyme and the stock. Stir.
• Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a very low simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
• Let cool for 5 minutes.
• Using a food processor, in batches puree the mixture until smooth.
• Return to the dutch oven. Season with salt and pepper then gently reheat over very low heat.
• In a small saucepan heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium low heat. Add the shiitake mushrooms, stir and cook until lightly golden. This will take about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.
• To serve place some of the soup in a soup bowl, garnish with some of the shiitake mushrooms and a sprig of thyme.

Winter 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. 

Winter Salad Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms by Savory Simple

Winter is a time of year when our bodies crave comfort, warmth and fullness to balance the cold weather outside. At the same time, the New Year often means taking care of ourselves after the onslaught of heavy holiday meals. Personally, I like to eat a lot of salads during January and February but I know my husband doesn’t consider them to be very substantial. I have a little trick up sleeve that I use to make my favorite salads more filling – portabella mushrooms!

I love marinating and roasting portabella mushrooms and then stuffing them with assorted salads. It makes the dish more visually intriguing, while adding extra nutrition and bulk to the meal. Even better, it takes no time at all! I usually toss the mushrooms with a marinade in the morning or before going to bed and then I roast them while putting the rest of the salad ingredients together.

This winter salad uses one of my favorite whole grains, farro. I love farro because it’s high protein and has a nutty flavor, but brown rice or any other whole grain may be substituted in its place.

Winter Salad Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium portabella mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup butternut squash, diced small
  • 1 cup farro, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup arugula, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel. Twist off the stem and use a spoon to gently remove the black gills without breaking the mushroom.
  2. Whisk together the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Pour into a large sealable plastic bag and add the smashed garlic cloves and mushroom caps. Seal the bag and allow the marinade to cover the mushrooms. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight, turning the bag periodically to redistribute the marinade.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the butternut squash in a small amount of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook until soft but not mushy, 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the mushrooms from the marinade (do not discard the liquid) and place them cap side down on a baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes.
  5. While the mushrooms are roasting, combine the butternut squash, farro, shallot, dried cranberries, pine nuts, arugula, salt and pepper in a bowl with two tablespoons of the marinade.
  6. After the mushrooms have cooked for 15 minutes, remove them from the oven. Carefully pour off any liquid that has pooled in the mushrooms. Distribute the filling evenly between the mushroom caps (there might be leftover filling depending on the size of the mushrooms). Cook for another 5 minutes and then serve.

A Healthy Dose of Winter Comfort with Mushrooms

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A strong winter blast across the country continues to drive many of us into hibernation mode and straight into the kitchen. It’s widely assumed that comfort food is automatically associated with heavy, calorie laden meals, such as a hearty casserole, a creamy soup or gooey mac and cheese. Of course, there is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence, but with spring break looming around the corner there is still a voice in the back of our head to stay true to our healthy resolutions.  Luckily, a mushroom meal makeover is all you need to enjoy the comfort food you crave, with all of the nutritious benefits.

Take a look at some of our recipe highlights below, allowing you to have a bite of comfort without the guilt.

  • Pan Roasted Mushrooms with Scrambled Eggs – Nothing says winter comfort quite like a weekend breakfast during the work week. Toss this recipe for Pan Roasted mushrooms into your favorite egg creation for a hearty breakfast that will keep you energized for the day ahead.
  • Mushroom Meatball Sub – A meatball sub is often viewed as an indulgent treat, but when you replace a portion of meat with finely chopped mushrooms, it can quickly become a meal for any day of the week.
  • Mushroom Quinoa Casserole – Quinoa is a staple for a variety of meals, but a Quinoa Casserole is the perfect recipe for family dinner and a perfect meal for the gluten-free friends in your life.
  • Mushroom Parmesan Melt – Everyone loves a warm panini, but this open faced melt provides the same warm and toasty goodness in a healthier form.

The ideas don’t have to stop here! Take a look at our “Healthy Dose of Comfort” and “Mushroom Meal Makeover” Pinterest boards for more suggestions from across the web.