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Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Denise of Chez Us welcomes fall comfort favorites to the menu with this mushroom, chicken alfredo twist on classic lasagna.

While it is school season for most folks, it is conference season for us, which means lots of traveling and an extra work load besides Chez Us.  When it comes to times such as this, it feels like school season around here, and a healthy and hearty meal that can last us a few days is ideal.  Or one that can go from freezer to oven to table is a welcomed pleasure after a few days on the road.  This recipe for Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna is exactly that, hearty and comfortable food for the table.  And our bellies!

I wish I could take all the credit for coming up with this recipe; but, I have to give credit to one of my 18-year-old nephews for the genius idea with flavors.  We were recently vacationing together, and over a dinner of lasagna, he wondered out loud what it would be like made with an alfredo sauce, mushrooms and chicken.  I loved the idea so much that I tucked it away until we got home, and then got busy in the kitchen.

I used lots of cremini mushrooms for this recipe; in my opinion the more the merrier!  I tried the recipe two ways, once with only mushrooms, and this time around with ground chicken.  Both ways are great, so vegetarians you can enjoy this recipe as well.  I liked using half sliced and half minced mushrooms as it added more texture to the recipe, and we are all about texture with our food.  As well, the recipe works well with fresh lasagne noodles or the no boil ones, I prefer both of these options as I find that the pasta that is boiled adds more liquid to the finished dish.

All that is left to add to this meal is a salad, some warm bread and a few hungry people.  You guys are going to dig this recipe!

 

Mushroom Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 small cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken  ** vegetarians you can skip this, and add another pound of mushrooms for the filling.
  • 2 pounds cremini mushrooms, stem removed and dirt brushed off
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely minced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10 ounces grated parmesan
  • nutmeg to taste
  • lasagna noodles – either fresh or no boil ones

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor finely mince 1 pound of the mushrooms, and slice the other 1 pound into slices.  If you are vegetarian, then finely mince 2 pounds, and thinly slice 1 pound.  Then skip the cooking chicken part of this recipe.
  2. In a large frying pan add the olive oil and thinly sliced onion.  Place over medium heat, stir, lower heat to low.  Cook the onions until lightly caramelized, stirring very often.  This will take about 15 minutes – 20 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from the heat and place the mixture into a small bowl.
  5. Place the chicken into the same frying pan, using a wooden spoon break it up into small pieces.  Cook over low heat for 7 minutes.
  6. Add the minced mushrooms, stir, and cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the sliced mushrooms, stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the onion mixture, stir and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir in the rosemary.  Set aside
  10. Place the butter and heavy cream into a large saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil.
  11. Remove from the heat and whisk in 1 cup of the parmesan cheese until melted and smooth.
  12. Add a generous pinch of nutmeg to taste.  Whisk.  Set aside.
  13. Lightly oil a baking dish with a little olive oil.  Pour about 1/4 cup of the alfredo sauce on the bottom.
  14. Layer with lasagna noodles, my pan fit four across the bottom.  Top with some of the chicken/mushroom mixture, then sprinkle some of the cheese over the top.
  15. Top with another layer of noodles, and repeat until you have reached the top of your baking dish, ending with a layer of noodles.  I had 3 layers, ending with noodles.
  16. Pour the alfredo sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  17. Preheat oven to 350.  Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden.
  18. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  19. Serve.
  20. Eat.

 

5 Mushroom-Packed Make Ahead Meals for Back-to-School Season

By Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe

Most people love the idea of cooking on Sunday for the week ahead. But usually the meals that come to mind resemble lasagna pan Tetris, with pieces of various shapes getting chiseled off throughout the week. It’s sometimes hard to think of healthy options beyond creamy, meaty casseroles.

Even though most of us aren’t lucky enough to be returning from summer camp, back-to-school season still marks a new beginning of sorts, as our schedules pick up again and we have to return to our daily rituals. While leaving the office at 1pm on Fridays during the summer to soak in the sun by the pool might have made cooking and entertaining a breeze, now that it’s back to business, we could all use a little help saving time in the kitchen with meals that are healthy to prepare – and mushrooms make it easy.

Here are some of my favorite mushroom-filled ideas for dishes you can make for the busy workweek ahead.

–Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe

 

1. Mushroom Hot & Sour Soup – a great vegetarian, gluten-free spin on the Chinese takeout classic.

2. Wild Mushroom Risotto – a big batch of this hearty grain will keep you satisfied all week long. Simply add a little stock to reheat and enjoy the second time around.

3. Kale Salad with Cremini Mushrooms and Lemon Vinaigrette – kale is one of the few greens that can be pre-dressed and still last for a few days in the fridge without spoiling.

4. Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Romesco Sauce – portabellas can be grilled or baked at the beginning of the week and quickly thrown together in these sandwiches for a last minute lunchbox or dinner option.

5. Mushroom Tacos with Mexican Brown Rice – both the mushrooms and the rice are great make-ahead fillings to have in the fridge for an impromptu taco night.

 

Get Back in the Habit of Quick Family Meals with Mushrooms

Much like the new calendar year which brings about inspiration for change, preparing for the start of a new school year offers the opportunity to reset and revamp our habits. The days of all-day play and improvised mealtimes will soon be behind us, here to stay are quick weekday meals perfectly placed in your family’s busy schedule. The return to a structured schedule offers the opportunity to ease back into healthier habits. To inspire your family’s shift to a busier schedule, we’ve rounded up 7 of our favorite recipes – a mushroom meal for every day!

Start the week right with a mushroom-filled breakfast. Make breakfast time less hectic by whipping up a quick five minute scramble mug to help fuel your family and tackle the day.

Spice up Tuesday’s dinner with a blended chorizo and mushroom taco recipe the whole family can gather around! Letting kids get creative with their toppings makes this meal a win-win.

Pack a power lunch with a satisfying portabella pasta salad. Mushrooms add savory flavor to this light, quick and easy meal – perfect for brown-bagging the leftovers!

This crowd-pleasing favorite is perfect for any busy schedule. Blending a portion of mushrooms with ground beef adds a kick of flavor while sneaking nutritional benefits into this one-skillet meal. Bonus – only one dish to wash!

TGIF! Put a twist on family pizza night with this veggie pizza – thinly sliced mushrooms, red onions and zucchini roast as the three cheeses melt.

Saturday’s a day of play! Make the most of the extra time on the weekends by putting together a decadent lunch. This mushroom tart may look difficult to make, but it’s actually a simple task, when you start with a premade crust.

Wrap up the weekend with a classic mushroom brunch. This portabella eggs benedict recipe is a savory way to start a lazy Sunday.

 

Top Your Pizza Friday with Mushrooms

Friday is here and there’s no better way to start your weekend than with America’s favorite pie – pizza! Whether gooey and stuffed or flaky and flat the endless variety of combinations and flavors will have your whole family drooling for #PizzaFriday. Just as there are several ways to enjoy pizza, there are several uses of mushrooms making them the perfect addition to pizza night. Use them to personalize your family’s favorite pies while also creating a delicious and enjoyable weekend activity for the kids.

Whether it’s layering sliced, sautéed mushrooms over pressed dough, rich marinara and cheese or swapping the crust for meaty portabella caps topped with your favorite pizza dressings, there’s a mushroom pizza recipe for everyone that adds a healthy alternative to the menu along with explosive flavor! What mushroom pizza combo will you be starting your weekend off with this #PizzaFriday?

Mushroom Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese Flatbread – Piled high with crimini mushrooms and topped off with fresh arugula, this scrumptious flatbread makes for a perfect start to your weekend.

Spinach and Mushroom Calzone – This calzone stuffed with hearty spinach, meaty mushrooms and gooey cheeses is savory, rich in flavor and filling.

Mushroom Breakfast Pizza – Pizza isn’t just for dinner – top pizza crust with fluffy eggs, crisp bacon and fresh mushrooms for a unique twist on breakfast.

Mushroom Lovers Pizza Dip – Turn a comforting dish into a mushroom rich dish that your whole family will crave.

Grilled Portabella Pizzas– Swapping portabellas for pizza crust in this fun pizza recipe makes it a fast and simple dinner solution with a healthier take on a family favorite.

Cheeseburger Pizza – Combine everyone’s two favorite takeout orders into one homemade meal with a seamless mushroom and beef blend.

 

Family Dining Made Simple with Mushrooms

Every family, across the country, always has the same discussion at some point and it starts with, “Where should we go out to eat?” With every member of the family having different preferences, it can turn into hours before you even pack in the car to head out. This year we decided to work with a few bloggers to help us identify restaurants that are perfect for any occasion, and of course, are not afraid of tossing a few mushrooms into their meals.

From date night to family burger night, take a look at our round-up of dining experiences that will take care of the guess work on your next night out.

Date Night

Lifestyle Blogger ‘Waiting on Martha’ loves to enjoy a night out with her husband, but finding a place that suits her vegetarian diet and his carnivore taste buds can occasionally be a challenge.  Seasons 52 is a perfect setting for a romantic evening out, and a menu easily adaptable based on dietary needs. Mandy ordered the Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Flatbread without steak, and loved it so much she decided to create an inspired recipe to make at home.

Family Burger Night

When the burger craving hits, look no further than your neighborhood Five Guys. With topping options galore, including Mushrooms, it’s the perfect place to satisfy a craving. Susie from We Are Not Martha went there on a Friday night with only one topping in mind – extra mushrooms. However, with grilled onions, jalapeno peppers and relish, the topping combinations are endless.

Pizza and More

California Pizza Kitchen might have pizza in the headline, but the menu goes far beyond that. While it can provide you way more than an ordinary cheese pizza, with an entire menu filled with appetizers, salads, pasta and more, it’s the perfect place for a week night or weekend. Alison from Ingredients, Inc. went with her kids where they all enjoyed a mushroom pizza on gluten-free crust. However, if you’re looking for something a little lighter their Mushroom and Spinach flatbread is just the ticket.

Now that we’ve narrowed down your options where are you heading to dinner tonight?