Archive for January, 2010

Weekly Links: Mushroom News from Around the Web

Belly-Flattening Foods Mushrooms are the only natural source of vitamin D in the produce aisle. Studies show that vitamin D deficiency actually could hinder weight loss, and provoke obesity and abdominal fat. Swap mushrooms for meat to get your vitamin D, and to cut calories! Also, mushrooms have ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant with anti-tumor growth properties.

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup Self magazine recommends this recipe for cold winter days to help boost your energy. Mushrooms are chocked full of B vitamins, which your body uses to convert food into energy.

Foods That Make You Feel Good Eat nutrient-rich, D-filled mushrooms to boost your mood this winter!  Vitamin D actually improves your cell membranes’ receptiveness to serotonin, a neurotransmitter essential for mood, appetite and other important regulatory functions.

Tasty Fungi: Creamy Mushroom Bisque Recipe Mushrooms are meaty and rich in flavor, and can be deliciously dynamic when different varieties are combined, as they are in this wonderful bisque. Mushrooms are low in calories yet still dense in nutrients, adding protein and fiber to every serving.

Mushrooms provide vitamin D during winter Nutrition expert and author, Keri Glassman, thrives on finding superfoods like mushrooms that carry extended benefits for health and happiness. “Eating the right foods does more than just make you healthier – they can help you feel better and look great too,” says Glassman. “Overcome sunless winter days by incorporating foods with natural vitamin D and high antioxidants into your diet – mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable with vitamin D.”

A Mid-Week Mushroom Salad Revelation

Mushroom Celery SaladI don’t know about you, but by mid-week? I’m usually pretty tired by the time I mosey into my tiny kitchen for mealtime.  That said, few things make me feel healthier or more productive than cooking.  Lucky that we live in times with such a plethora of simple but satisfying recipes at our fingertips!

This salad was introduced to me by a friend basing it loosely on a Giada De Laurentiis creation. It’s about as easy as it gets with 4 main ingredients plus seasoning and with no cooking required, it’s my perfect midweek mushroom fix!

  • 1 pound white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 large celery stalks, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon

Directions

Place the mushrooms in a medium bowl and toss with 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Layer the mushrooms on the bottom of a straight-sided glass salad bowl. Place the celery in the same medium bowl used to toss the mushrooms. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Layer the celery on top of the mushrooms. Sprinkle the parsley over the celery. Squeeze lemon juice over the top. Serve.

The original recipe calls for sprinkled Romano as well but I find the vegan version seriously satisfying!

Weekly Links: Mushroom News from Around the Web

Winter vegetarian bean stew Savor the rich meaty texture of Portabellas in this awesome vegetarian stew – a hearty soup perfect for cold wintry days. Don’t let your soup get too soupy, though; be sure to remove the inner gills of your ports before they’re cooked!

Cremini Mushrooms Stuffed With A Caper And Crab Salad Savory.tv shares many of the health benefits of mushrooms alongside a delightful recipe for stuffed caps. Mushrooms’ copper and potassium content is noted, as is their energy-boosting B vitamins and immunity-strengthening antioxidants!

100 Ways to Cut 100 Calories To stop weight gain, most Americans only need to remember one thing: energy in must equal energy out. In other words, the calories you consume must be equivalent to those you burn and if you want to lose weight, the scale must be tipped toward energy out. These tips for cutting calories from Prevention can help you do just that! They’ve provided great suggestions for all food situations: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, beverages and even dining out. Check out the lunch/dinner tab for a great mushroom tip: slash calories by adding veggies, like mushrooms, to pasta sauces instead of meat!

Cutting Salt Intake Would Boost Nation’s Health Like the taste of salt? If Americans cut their salt intake by a mere half teaspoon per day, it would result in public health benefits on par with reducing high cholesterol, smoking and obesity. It could even reduce the number of heart attacks in the U.S. by up to 13 percent. All mushrooms are very low in sodium, so add them to your meals to get that great umami flavor to replace the desire for a salty taste!

Portobello Mushroom Marinara Sauce Get rid of meat in your pasta sauce and add the wonderful texture and flavor of Portabella mushrooms instead – cutting some calories, fat and sodium out of your meal. This sauce can be ready to serve in just 30 minutes or less, great for those late work nights.

Mushroom Recipes of the Week: Feast Your Eyes

It would seem that many of you have taken on January with a walk on the lighter side and I have to say that we’re finding it very inspirational.  With that in mind, this week we’re focusing on family meals with taste toward healthy living.

Photo Credit: The Wright RecipesRed Quinoa and Almond Pilaf with Mixed Mushrooms. That’s one pretty plate and my guess is that leftovers make for happy next-day lunching.  Check out the recipe at The Wright Recipes.

Photo Credit: GoodLife EatsIf you follow us on Twitter, you may have noticed this call-out this morning. The combination sounded so good that it’s worth a second look.  Balsamic Roasted Mushroom Risotto.  Just let that sink in a moment with the thought that few things soak up flavor like a mushroom does.  So then you have that rich meaty texture soaked through with the sweet bite of vinegar and finished with fresh, herb-y rosemary.  I can’t wait to take this goodLife {eats} recipe back to my own kitchen!

Photo Credit: Kid AppealA big pile of delicious…that’s what this is. Jenna from Food with Kid Appeal is big on including mushrooms in her family meal plan (more about that here).  “Mushrooms are one optimal life food I want my family eating.” We’re glad to hear it!

Photo Credit: Recipe GirlJust in case you have the rest of dinner sorted out but need a stellar side dish, look no further than Recipe Girls easy peezy Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots.  Three items that add a lot of flavor without a lot of fat…you can find the recipe and the nutrition information here.

Weekly Links: Mushroom News from Around the Web

The fascinating world of mushrooms The Huffington Post flaunts mushrooms for their immunity-boosting power and other nutritional benefits, including their potassium and fiber content. Mushrooms are so versatile; you can serve them as the “meat” of the dish, or as the complement on the side. We couldn’t word it better: “From portobello to shiitake to crimini, the possibilities are endless!”

Mushroom Love The News-Herald lets readers know that mushrooms are the key ingredient for livening up winter meals. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin D (perfect for cold and flu season), mushrooms can easily be added to many types of dishes. Give the Mushroom Strudel recipe a whirl, too!

Boost your immune system with healthy meals Mushrooms increase the production of white blood cells, our immunity bodyguards, making them the perfect low calorie choice for illness-ridden winter months. Jae Berman, MS, RD, also recommends eating chicken noodle soup, as the chicken releases an immunity-boosting amino acid as it cooks. Other protein sources are great for immunity as well – try fish and shellfish for the omega 3 fatty acids, or beef for its zinc content.