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10 Tips To Eat More Mushrooms

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD shares 10 tips to incorporate mushrooms into your favorite dishes.

Sauteed Mushroom Skillet

The holiday season is all about indulgence and there is always a delicious bite within reach.  No one wants to give up the food they love, and the good news is that you don’t have to. By adding mushrooms to the dishes you already love, you’re adding a delicious boost of nutrients that will leave you satisfied without the guilt.

Take a look at ten simple ideas that will inspire you to purchase mushrooms today!

  1. Make a baked potato bar for a fun dinner. Add sautéed mushrooms to the bar line-up along with chopped green onions,  chili made with lean meat or chopped tomato, cheese, light sour cream, etc.…
  2. Every time you enjoy eggs—when making an omelet, scrambled eggs or frittata—make it a new habit to include super nutritious produce (sliced mushrooms, dark leafy greens like kale or spinach, and red pepper or tomatoes). NOTE: Change things up during the weekend and have breakfast for dinner! Mushrooms will help make it satisfying and nutritious.
  3.  Pump up the nutrition on any of your burgers (be it black bean, turkey or beef burgers) by topping them with sautéed mushrooms at home or when ordering at restaurants. You can also blend finely chopped mushrooms directly into the burger patty as a replacement for a portion of the ground meat.
  4. For those meals when you want to go meatless, feature a meaty mushroom instead. Portabella mushroom caps (whole, sliced or chopped) can take the place of meat on a bun, in a pasta dish, on a pizza crust, in a casserole or a bowl of chili.
  5. Take your grown up grilled cheese to a new level in flavor and nutrition by adding sautéed mushrooms or sliced marinated or grilled portabellas.
  6. When you barbeque or grill kabobs, no matter what the featured protein (shrimp, beef, chicken or pork), help your taste buds, wallet and health by making sure to add a couple of white button or crimini mushrooms to every kabob. You will make about four kabobs more for every pound of meat.
  7. Have a bag of sliced mushrooms ready to go in your crisper for your side or entrée green salads.
  8. Add mushrooms to your favorite Mexican or Italian dishes (spaghetti, lasagna, enchiladas, tamales, burritos, or quesadillas) in addition to or instead of some of the meat.
  9. When you unpack your groceries, just take 5 minutes to sauté the sliced mushrooms you just bought in a nonstick frying pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and season with minced garlic or garlic powder, black pepper and any desired herbs. Then keep them covered in the refrigerator to use in all sorts of dishes over the next few days.
  10. Boost the flavor and nutrition of any soup or stew (homemade or canned) by adding sautéed mushrooms. Canned soups can usually use a little something something in the nutrition and flavor department, so add some mushrooms when you are warming it up and improve both!