Celebrating National Mushroom Month with mushrooms 6 ways! Mushrooms aren’t just a special topping, they are a staple ingredient that make meals better any time of the day, every day!
The goodness of mushrooms:
Mushrooms are fat free, cholesterol free, low in calories and provide important nutrients like B vitamins, antioxidant and potassium. They are also one of the only plant-based sourced of vitamin D, a nutrient that most Americans don’t get enough of. While families want to eat healthier but have a hard time cutting back on less healthy foods, mushrooms can play a role in helping to lower meat consumption and replace refined carbs. Here’s how!
Mushrooms – 6 ways!
1.Taco Meat Swap: One reason why I love mushrooms is because they have a similar texture to meat but are entirely plant-based. Finely chop mushrooms and use as a taco meat swap for your next meatless Monday. Or if you aren’t ready to give up meat just yet, simply blend your finely chopped mushrooms with meat to add an easy serving of veggies to your plate. When cooked properly, mushrooms can easily mimic meat and help build a more delicious, nutritious and sustainable meal. Adding chopped mushrooms to ground meat in tacos, burgers and pasta sauces can help reduce fat and calories while still maintaining the meaty flavor you love.
2. Mushroom “Steak”: No meat, no problem! Simply marinate your Portobello mushroom as you would steak and throw it on the grill. This lower calorie and fat version tastes similar to the real thing so you may not feel like you are missing out.
3. Portobello Mushroom Burger Buns: Yes, you can even use mushrooms to replace refined carbohydrates. Swap out your white bread burger buns for Portobello caps. This lowers the calories and carbohydrates while bumping up the fiber, vitamins and minerals.
4. Portobello Mushroom Pizza Crust: Who needs frozen pizza bites from the grocery store when you have Portobello caps? These mushrooms make the easiest, most delicious pizza “crust” that is lower in calories and carbohydrates. You won’t even miss your traditional crust – (since we know it’s all about the toppings anyway!).
5. Stuffed mushrooms: A fabulous low calorie and carb, versatile snack or appetizer options. Stuffing varieties are endless from sausage to cheese to veggies.
6. Skillet mushroom: Finally, mushrooms make an elegant and effortless side dish for family dinners. Simply add your mushrooms, cooking oil, herbs and seasonings to your cast-iron skillet and cook until tender.
This post was sponsored by The Mushroom Council.