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A Mushroom (Pinterest) Gathering

Mushroom Holiday Pin Party

Before the ovens start to preheat, friends and family start to gather and you savor that first bite, the holiday menu has to be planned.  In between decorating, school events for the kids and shopping it can be a challenge to carve out time for discovering recipe ideas. This season the Mushroom Council decided to put that time on the calendar for you and we’re bringing the recipes directly to your Pinterest feed with #AMushroomGathering Pin Party.

From stuffed mushrooms to savory entrees, we’re dedicating an entire hour to mushroom recipes that are perfect for any party. The best part about this party is that you are ALL INVITED.  Simply be on Pinterest at 7PM CT on Tuesday, December 10th and follow along with the Mushroom Channel, A Spicy Perspective and The Little Kitchen as we share mushroom recipes for #AMushroomGathering. One lucky participant will even walk away with a Mushroom Apron and a $25 American Express gift card.

The hour will be broken into four categories to suit all of your holiday planning needs.  What does that leave you to do between now and Tuesday? Start following our Mushroom Gathering Pinterest board and create a mushroom board of your own to repin all of the delicious recipes to!

See you there!

Pin Party Schedule:

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Appetizers

Holiday Pin Party Stuffed Mushrooms

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Side Dishes

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Entrees

Fight Summer Boredom with Kids in The Kitchen

Grilled Portabella Pizza
 

In April we were thrilled to introduce the “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” launched as a part of First Lady Michele Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Working in cooperation with the USDA, MyPlate, Epicurious and the US Department of Education, the First Lady urged kids to get creative and submit their favorite MyPlate inspired healthy lunch recipe. Last week the fifty-four winning recipes of the “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” were announced and the aspiring chefs who submitted the winning entries were invited to the White House’s annual “Our Kids” state dinner.

Even though this year’s challenge is over, including kids in the preparation of meals can act as a great cure for summer boredom. With summer vacation in full swing, your kids may have entered the dreaded “Mom, I’m bored” phase. Instead of racking your brain for activities to keep them occupied while you cook, throw an apron their way and engage them in meal prep.

Is your child a finicky eater? Fear not! Kids are not only more likely to try new foods when they’ve helped prepare them, but are more likely to continue healthy eating practices if they are instilled early on. A couple of evenings in the kitchen could spark a lifelong appreciation for nutrition-packed mushrooms.

Without the looming deadlines of homework or athletics practice, this summer is the perfect time to share your favorite tasty mushroom recipes with your little ones. Swap mushrooms into your child’s favorite dish for a fresh take on an old favorite. We love using grilled portabellas as a healthier alternative to pizza crust. Make sure to check out our Pinterest board for even more Kid-Friendly Mushroom recipes.  Inviting children to help you whip up a healthy meal is not only a load off of your shoulders, but can become the foundation for a lifetime of health consciousness.

The USDA is a great resource for kitchen activities for kids. Here are just a few benefits for parents who involve their children in cooking:

  • Quality time spent with kids and their parents/caregivers
  • The opportunity for kids to learn how to cook
  • Kids are more likely to eat new foods that they’ve helped prepare.

Remember to put safety first when little ones are in the kitchen. Bubbling pots and sharp knives are hazards that require close adult supervision. In addition, encourage kids to wash their hands in warm soapy water before starting on your favorite recipe.

Bring your kids into the kitchen to cook your favorite mushroom dishes and enjoy the extra quality time with your loved ones! Here’s a few of our favorite recipes to get the ideas flowing!

The Ultimate Summer with Mushrooms

Stuffed, Blended and Topped Mushrooms

Every season we strive to inspire our devoted mushroom lovers with recipes that fit the bill for any occasion. With the grills firing up and the patios opening, we’re turning the table and looking to get inspired by YOU this summer.  We want to discover how you fit mushrooms into your favorite summer meals in our featured “Swap It or Top It” recipe contest.  From now until July 31, enter your best mushroom recipe based on the categories of Swapability, Best Topped Burger or a featured MyPlate burger.  The grand prize winner will win $5,000 and two runners up will win a $500 and $1,000 gift card to Williams-Sonoma.

In honor of the summer festivities, we created two Pinterest boards to capture mushroom inspired dishes that use mushrooms in two different ways. Within our “Trend to Blend Board” you’ll find our favorite burgers, tacos and pizzas that blend finely chopped mushrooms with meat to make a meal packed with flavor and nutrition.  You’ll also find the “Mushrooms Top it Off Board,” which highlights everything from hot dogs to tostadas topped off with hearty mushrooms.  Every week new recipes will get added, but don’t miss checking out a few of these highlighted recipes below.

Be sure to stock up on plenty of mushrooms, and come back every week for new featured recipes that’ll have you hoping summer never ends.

 

Swap It or Top It: Transform Your Summertime Meals with Mushrooms

With Memorial Day weekend officially kicking off the summer grilling season, we are now stepping away from the kitchen and outside to the grill. Bart Minor, Council Representative, shows us how swapping and topping your favorite summer meals with mushrooms can transform these classic favorites.

It’s that time of year – all the boots are packed away, and feet are adorned with flip-flops and sandals. The kids are looking forward to the last month of school before enjoying their new found freedom. We start to step away from preparing classic comfort foods in the kitchen, and move outside to friendly gatherings with family and friends in front of the grill. There is no doubt about it, summer has arrived.

When it comes to enjoying your favorite summertime meals – iconic foods like burgers, kebabs, and steaks – adding mushrooms to a dish as a swapper or topper can make a world of difference! Meals will be more flavorful, succulent, and healthy.

The Trend is to Blend
A big, juicy, traditional burger is part of summer’s finest, but sometimes they can be very heavy. When you swap out half the ground beef and blend in finely diced mushrooms we are not only reducing the saturated fat and calories*, but adding a serving of vegetables. It’s possible to serve healthier versions of your favorite burgers without sacrificing taste. Not even the kids will be able to tell they are enjoying a burger made with 50% less meat!

Top It High With Mushrooms
Thick steaks, tender chicken, and even grilled flatbread pizzas can all benefit from being topped with fresh mushrooms. Imagine a rich sauté of onions and mushrooms atop a medium-rare steak, or thick slices of grilled portabellas on a flatbread pizza sprinkled with melty cheese and spinach – the possibilities for using mushrooms in traditional family favorites is endless!

Tri-Mushroom Flatbread

Want to try your hand at swapping it or topping it with mushrooms this summer? Our “Swap It or Top It” contest starts June 1st. Enter your recipe for a chance to win $8,500 in prizes.

*reduced saturated fat by 37% and calories by 24% in traditional burgers 

Celebrate May with Mushrooms

Mushroom and Fontina Tartine by What’s Gaby Cooking

In honor of today being School Lunch SUPERHERO Day we wanted to take the opportunity to honor lunch heroes who showcase mushrooms as a superhero ingredient every day. Today’s celebration presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievement of a few school based chefs who recently took top honors in the Flik Independent School Dining-Mushroom Council Recipe Contest. For a list of all the featured recipes, including Truffle Goat Cheese Mushroom Pizza, take a look at their highlighted Pinterest board.

Throughout the month, May brings additional occasions to enjoy with family, friends and – of course- food. From Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, adding mushrooms to your personal  favorite dishes is a delicious and easy way to please every guest.

When Cinco de Mayo arrives this Sunday, tacos might just be what your palate is looking for. As tacos have an endless amount of fillings to choose from, mushrooms are the perfect ingredient to complement a  variety of flavors. Blend finely chopped mushrooms and chorizo together for a hint of spice, or try these hearty Portabella Fajitas with Fontina Queso from “How Sweet It Is” for a meatless meal option that sizzles.

When the kitchen shifts from an exciting fiesta to planning an intimate brunch, fresh mushrooms can still star as a main ingredient. Our featured Mother’s Day Pinterest board is filled with sources of inspiration from eggs to portabella pasta.

Of course, warm spring days can give plenty of reasons to celebrate. Our featured recipe tab is dedicated to providing a mushroom destination for every celebration this season.

What mushroom dishes are you looking forward to serving this spring?