Posts Tagged ‘summer recipes’

Upgrade Your Picnic Table with Mushrooms

Make ‘shroom for mushrooms at your picnic table this summer! From meaty main courses to savory sides, mushrooms’ inherent umami adds a punch of flavor to all of your favorite summertime recipes. Upgrade a classic potato salad by mixing in tender white button mushrooms, or make your burgers even better by blending your favorite mushroom variety with your favorite protein.

Did you know that mushrooms are the only non-animal food source of vitamin D? After soaking up some rays (UV-B) post-harvest, the portabella variety delivers 94% of your daily value of Vitamin D. That’s in one serving! They also are an excellent source of selenium (22%DV) and contain 9% potassium. Bonus: mushrooms are low in fat and calories – helping you maintain a healthy diet all summer long.

Use the summertime mushroom recipes below to begin planning your next backyard bbq!

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Summertime Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom and Chive Potato Salad
Add a twist to your usual picnic side dishes! This mayo-free potato salad is dressed in a mustard and chive vinaigrette and filled with tender mushrooms.

Blended Bison and Mushroom Burgers
Watching your waistline? This burger blends lean bison with low calorie white button mushrooms. Swap the bun for a lettuce wrap to make it carb-free!

Marinated Mushroom 7-Layer Salad
Savor the flavors of summer produce by combining crisp veggies and meaty mushrooms for a refreshing and tangy twist on a classic.

Veal Mushroom Slider
The sliders may be bite-sized, but they’re bursting with flavor! Blend finely chopped mushrooms with ground veal and simple seasons, then top with rich caramelized onions and more mushrooms.

Grilled Portobello Burgers with Garlic Mayo
These vegetarian portobello burgers are loaded with sweet grilled red onions and savory garlic-chive mayo. Cook them on the grill to add a delicious bit of char.

Blenditarian Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs

Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs
You had us at bacon. Turn up the sweetness on your summer appetizers with chicken, bacon and button mushroom blended meatballs.

Summer Entertaining Made Easy with Mushrooms

Summer Entertaining Made Easy with Mushrooms

Summer is here! Beat the heat (or add to it!) with delicious mushroom dishes that are perfect for all of your summer activities. Whether in a salad for a picnic, blended into appetizers at backyard parties or sautéed over the fire while camping, mushrooms add that delicious umami flavor (plus an extra serving of veggies to the plate). No matter how you serve them, mushrooms are the perfect addition to all of your summer spreads.

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Campfire Mushrooms

Campfire Mushrooms
Take your mushrooms camping! Cooking over a campfire gives mushrooms a deep smoky flavor.

Mushroom Gazpacho

Mushroom and Pea Gazpacho
This sweet and healthy gazpacho soup is made with spring peas and mushrooms to create a refreshingly cold snack on hot summer days.

Mushroom Sausage Polenta Bruschetta

Mushroom and Sausage Polenta Bruschetta
White button mushrooms, lightly spiced Italian sausage, pine nuts and fresh rosemary make for delicious flavor combination atop polenta.


Mushroom Mango Salad
Bring summer to your plate with mangos, avocados and mushrooms mixed in a sweet chili sauce.

Mushroom Egg Salad

Mushroom Egg Salad
The classic egg salad gets a face lift with the addition of crispy sautéed mushrooms and shallots.

Surf & Turf Shrimp Portabella Fajitas

Surf & Turf Shrimp Portabella Fajitas
Bring a sizzle to your summer nights with Surf and Turf Shrimp and Portabella Fajitas.

Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs

Denise from Chez Us  combines tangy teriyaki sauce, sweet, juicy pineapples and meaty mushrooms in this delicious meatless kabob recipe – perfect for an afternoon of backyard entertaining.

Teriyaki Mushroom Kabobs by Chez Us

Time to fire up that grill as I am about to share a killer portabella kabob recipe with you.  I have been taking advantage of grilling season this summer, and one of my favorite things to make are these tasty kabobs, as they are loaded with flavor.  Not to mention they are an ease to make.  You are going to love it.

Portabella mushrooms are my go-to meat replacement when making kabobs, as they are hearty, and they give each recipe an excellent earthy flavor that is great when grilled. I have made a few versions of portabella mushroom kabobs but am totally digging this new recipe, as it screams summer.  You could substitute cremini mushrooms, but I find the size and the hearty texture of the portabellas to hold up better when grilling.  Just make sure you cut them into large chunks as they will shrink down when grilling.

I was inspired to make this recipe while I was thumbing around looking at tropical destinations, and thought WOW mushrooms and pineapple would be killer together.  Guess what, I was completely right, and this recipe definitely took me to a sandy beach.  Smokey mushrooms, sweet pineapple and crispy onions are great when mixed with a slightly spicy and nutty teriyaki.

A couple tips when making these great kabobs.  You can make the teriyaki sauce a few days before as it will keep for up to a month; if you have any leftovers.  I always use metal skewers when making kabobs as they will not burst into flame when grilling.  If you are using bamboo or wooden ones, be sure to soak them for at least 20 minutes before skewing your ingredients to prevent that unwanted fire.  Finally, serve these outrageous kabobs over a bed of wild rice pilaf to make a complete summer meal.

Happy Summer!


Teriyaki Portabella Mushroom Kabobs

* teriyaki sauce inspired by Bon Appetit
** makes 6 kabobs


  • grill
  • skewers


  • 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup mirin
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 4 large portabella mushrooms
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 1 large red onion
  • olive oil


  1. To make the teriyaki sauce:
  2. Place the brown sugar, mirin and soy sauce in a small saucepan and place over medium heat, and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Reduce the heat and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.  This will take 40 – 50 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat, stir in the sesame oil, and then let cool.
  5. Core the pineapple and onion into even sized cubes.
  6. Using a paper towel or mushroom brush remove any dirt from the mushrooms.  Remove the stem, and then cut into quarters.
  7. Evenly skewer the mushrooms, pineapple and onions.
  8. Preheat the grill to 400.
  9. Lightly spray or drizzle olive oil on each skewer, then place on the grill.
  10. Baste with some of the teriyaki sauce.
  11. Grill until lightly browned, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  12. Turn over the kabob, baste with more teriyaki and grill another 3 – 5 minutes until the mushrooms and onions are cooked throughout and the pineapple is caramelized.
  13. Serve.
  14. Eat.

We Are Not Martha's Zucchini Boats with Turkey, Mushrooms, and Fresh Herbs

This week’s featured contributor is Boston-based food writer Chelsee Adams of We Are Not Martha . We Are Not Martha takes the recipes of their food folk heroes (like site namesake, Martha Stewart) and delivers them in a way any kitchen beginner would feel safe to try them.

I always like to experiment in the kitchen when I have a friend over. I know, I know, they always say never try new recipes out on guests, but I like to use my friends as guinea pigs, and hey, they get a free meal out of the deal so no one’s complaining! It’s truly an adventure in the kitchen to taste and sample a dish together, figure out ways to perfect it, or just sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy what you’ve created over great conversation.

The other night one of my best friends came over for dinner so it was the perfect opportunity to test out a recipe I had bookmarked from SimplyRecipes for quite some time for Zucchini Boats stuffed with all sorts of loveliness. It was a hot Summer day and this recipe seemed like it would be perfect, filled with loads of refreshing veggies, herbs, cheese, and of course, mushrooms. And the fact that all of those ingredients are housed in a zucchini shell could only mean good things.

For the recipe you’ll need:

• 1 zucchini about 12 inches long
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
• 2 tablespoons dry white wine
• 1 pound ground turkey
• 2 diced tomatoes
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
• 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 2 teaspoons pepper

• Cut the zucchini in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the insides making sure to leave the shells around 1/4 inch thick. Save the insides.
• Next, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium/high heat. Cook the onion and garlic until soft. Then add the mushrooms, insides of the zucchini, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
• In another skillet heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium/high heat. Add ground turkey and cook until lightly brown, making sure to stir occasionally, 6 minutes. Add the onion and mushrooms from the other pan. Add wine. Mix in tomato, basil and rosemary and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Drain the excess fat and remove the skillet from the heat.
• Once the mixture has cooled incorporate cheese, egg, salt and pepper. Stuff the zucchini boats with the turkey mixture.
• Fill a baking pan with 1/4 inch of water and place the stuffed zucchini shells in the pan.
• Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until nice and golden brown.
• Serve the zucchini boats while hot.

Two things should be known. 1) As my roommate entered the apartment she very passionately commented on the delicious aroma that was flooding our home. And 2) as my friend and I were eating she didn’t say anything about the dish. I was actually a bit worried she didn’t like it but as she took her final bite and rested her fork on her plate, she slowly looked up and said “Wow. Now that was good!” I think that only means one thing… success was had!