Posts Tagged ‘Mushrooms’

Spaghetti Bolognese Made Simple with Task & Tool

With temperatures dropping and days getting shorter, the crisp air of fall calls for cozying up with flavorful bowls of comfort. While intricate meals are perfect for special nights, the richest flavors can also be found in simple ingredients. An appreciation of the simplicity of both recipes and ingredients is at the core of Task & Tool, who share visual recipes that help you create great meals from beginning to end effortlessly. When we came across the Task and Tool blog, we were immediately smitten with the beauty with which the team illustrates the beauty of cooking, making it easy to follow along with the flow of the recipe.

We’re thrilled to have been able to be among the first collaborators on the site and we love their visual take on this Spaghetti Bolognese from our friends at Mushrooms Canada! Blended with mushrooms for a full and hearty taste, this satisfying sauce comes together beautifully with simple ingredients that come together in a sauce with a triple hit of umami with ground meat, mushrooms and tomato sauce. As an added bonus, the sauce keeps in the freezer for up to a month, making it the perfect prep-ahead dinner to keep on hand for busy weeknights!

Check out the rest of the Task and Tool’s illustrated recipes on their website. From simple favorites such as apple pie and cookies, to a robust paella – they all warrant a try!

Fill Your National Taco Day with Mushrooms

Simmer the meat, grab the spices and prepare your taste buds for a zesty assortment of flavors – tomorrow is National Taco Day! A celebration of deliciousness is in order as we pay homage to a classic Mexican staple that has for many years added spice to kitchens all over the world.

From the vibrant colors and flavors added by fresh ingredients to the piping hot meat (and mushrooms!) that stuff the shells, tacos have always made it easy to add extra personality, fun and deliciousness to dinner time! The variety of ways to enjoy this beloved handheld dish are endless – and so are the ways in which you can add mushrooms to the mix. Blend minced mushrooms with your choice of ground meat and seasonings for a taco stuffing that explodes with flavor. Or slice them thin and sauté them to have as a meaty taco topping.

Whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner – there is a mushroom, taco combo that will excite your taste buds and help extend your Taco Day celebration. We’ve collected some of our favorite mushroom taco recipes to help you enjoy the staple dish all day long.

Sausage and Mushroom Brinner Tacos – Blend sautéed mushrooms and sausage for a “Brinner” taco perfect for a late-night craving – or throw in an egg for a tasty breakfast.

Taco Salad – The mixture of flavors and textures in this delicious contradiction meal will make each bite just a little different than the last.

Taco Stuffed Baked Potato – Enjoy a big Do-It-Yourself baked potato taco toppings bar, including a mushroom based meatless taco filling!

Mediterranean Crimini Mushroom Tacos with Tahini Sauce – The tahini sauce is a perfect complement to lend creamy deliciousness to these satisfying, umami rich mushroom tacos.

Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos – Take on the mouthwatering combination of flavors in this Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos recipe.

 

 

Mushrooms Make Back to School Time Trendy

Summer is quickly coming to an end and “back to school” time is in full swing. While the kids might be thinking about the latest trends in clothing and back to school gear, you might be thinking about what they’ll be eating for lunch. Council Representative, Kathleen Preis, tells us how the simple mushroom is making lunch menus across the country not only tasty this school year, but trendy.

Spicy Meatballs. Philly Cheese “Steak” Sandwiches. Chili con Carne. Sounds like the menu at a gourmet restaurant, while in reality this is what your kids could be dining on this school year. That’s right; all these trendy foods have made their way to school lunch trays across the nation, all because of mushrooms.

School Foodservice Directors everywhere have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new blending concept – blending finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat – and have created healthier and trendier menu items for their school lunch programs.  “Mushrooms are on trend – the coolest thing to eat… We need to be on trend, we need to be serving those foods and meals that have a trendy buzz about them,” says Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, an award-winning child nutrition expert. And those buzz worthy, trendy menu items will have kids gobbling up their serving of vegetables!

So when your kids come home from school this year saying how much they loved that turkey burger with cheese and bacon, don’t fret; thanks to The Blend you can be sure they ate their veggies as well!

SPOTTED: Mushrooms on the Menu this Summer

Warm weather, cool breezes and longer days – summer creates the perfect scene for enjoying delicious cuisine while out on the town. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekday bite or have a knack for culinary exploration, mushrooms are sure to be on a menu near you. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite places guaranteed to help you get your mushroom fix and beat the heat in the kitchen:

Maggiano’s – throughout July, Maggiano’s is running a “buy one get one free” promotion allowing guests to pick one tasty entrée to enjoy at the restaurant and one to take home for later. Between their Famous Rigatoni D boasting chicken, flavorful mushrooms and caramelized onions, and savory Mushroom Ravioli served with alfredo sauce, our guess is the most difficult choice will be which to enjoy now and which to enjoy later!

Seasons52 – Feed your burger craving with the Signature Burger at Seasons52. Slashing the calories and amping up flavor by blending mushrooms into the patty, this Angus beef and mushroom duxelle blended burger is classically topped with butter lettuce, roasted tomatoes and house-made pickles making for a perfect summer lunch.

Olive Garden – complemented with endless breadsticks, mushroom-lovers can expect the best as they head to Olive Garden to enjoy two signature entrees. Guests can choose from Mezzaluna Ravioli with Mushroom Alfredo, featured as part of the restaurant’s Alfredo Fest, or keep it classic with Ravioli Di Portabello topped with creamy smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce.

Ruby Tuesday – break out of the status quo with the Shrimp Po’ Boy Flatbread from Ruby Tuesday. This dish offers a decadent mix of fried popcorn shrimp; Parmesan cream sauce; and a spicy blend of green peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon, and Andouille sausage; and is topped with a creamy chipotle sauce.

Which of these mushroom dishes will you be trying on your next night out?

Portabella Mushroom BBQ Burger

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen whips up a tangy, sweet summer treat with this Portabella Mushroom BBQ Burger that swaps the meat on the grill for a hearty portabella. 

Now that grilling season is finally here, it’s time to grill everything. I mean, everything! While I’m usually the first one to request a meaty burger, made using freshly ground beef and pork, there are times when I’m simply in the mood for something lighter, and well, healthier. This is when I turn to mushrooms. I still want a burger, yes, but I’m looking for something that won’t leave me feeling overly full. Portabellas have an awesome meat-like texture and are filling and wholesome. They grill up like a champ (they’re really hard to overcook) and luckily for me, fit perfectly in between two sesame seed burger buns.

I like to make a quick homemade BBQ sauce; they’re really tasty on portabella mushrooms. Of course, if you’re looking for a short-cut, feel free to use store-bought BBQ sauce. The coleslaw, however, is an absolute must. The crispness, when paired with a soft, saucy mushroom, is really delightful. The acidity and crunch make this burger balanced and all around tasty.

Portabella Mushroom BBQ Burger

Cole Slaw: 

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 cup red cabbage

1 1/2 cup white cabbage

1 rib of celery, thinly sliced

BBQ Sauce: 

1/2 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon molasses

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon Worcestershire

1/2 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

a few dashes of hot sauce

Portobello Burgers:

4 portabella mushrooms

4 hamburger buns

 

Directions:

1. To a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar and pepper. Add the red cabbage, white cabbage and celery; toss until evenly coated with the dressing. Place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the burgers.

2. To a saucepan, add the balsamic vinegar and simmer over medium heat until the vinegar reduces to about 1/4 cup (eyeballing this measurement is fine). Pour in the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, garlic cloves, Worcestershire, paprika, black pepper, a few dashes of hot sauce and a splash of water. Simmer mixture for about 20 minutes, until it’s thickened and resembles the consistency of barbecue sauce.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Place the portabellas side by side on the baking sheet and brush liberally with barbecue sauce. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the portabellas are tender when poked with a knife. Alternatively, you could grill the portabellas over low heat for 20 minutes.

4. To assemble the burgers, toast the buns, add the portabella to the bottom half of the bun, top with coleslaw and then top with the burger bun. Repeat process with the other burgers and serve immediately.