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Spice Up National Chili Month with Mushrooms

With a full-flavored blend of spices, a hearty bowl of  chili is hard to beat on crisp fall days. As nights get cooler and the search for a warm bowl of comfort begins, look to mushrooms to give your chili the boost of flavor you didn’t know was missing. Blending in mushrooms with ground meat in traditional chili recipes not only lowers calories, but also adds extra savory umami to accent the existing flavors in your favorite chili recipe. In honor of National Chili Month, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes – perfect for cozying up to this fall:

  • Mexican Mushroom Chili with Beans and Barley – Paired with a fresh baguette and served piping hot, this hearty chili is a perfect dinner to cozy up to on a brisk night.
  • Chili Con Crimini – A perfect pairing for fall football, this Chili Con Crimini packs a mushroom-loving punch!
  •  Mushroom Chipotle Chili – a blended mushroom and meat base give this recipe heart without weighing it down. The spicy blend of poblano chilies and jalapenos make this recipe a go to if you’re looking for some heat.
  • Mushroom Chili – a classic take on a traditional chili recipe, this meaty, mushroom-filled recipe is best paired with crisp tortilla chips.

Still searching for inspiration? Chef Bill Briwa from the Culinary Institute of America and Bart Minor, President of the Mushroom Council give a classic chili recipe a makeover using a mixture of finely chopped mushrooms and meat as the base. More nutritious comfort food has never looked so good!

A Mushroom Ode to Autumn: 7 Recipes to Celebrate the New Season

The season for pulling out cozy sweaters and pumpkin picking is here – It’s the first official week of autumn! Aside from the traditional visit to your favorite orchard, this season welcomes an abundance of warm, comforting recipes to enjoy amid the cool air and crackling leaves – or in front of the fireplace!

With vibrant umami flavors and hearty texture, mushrooms are an easy ingredient to help add seasonal flare to your autumn spread. Make fall family favorites more nutritious by blending minced mushrooms with ground meat or enjoy hearty vegetarian mushroom chilis and soups without missing the meaty flavor. We’ve gathered seven of our favorite fall mushroom recipes to help you celebrate the first full week of this cozy and colorful season! Which will you try first?

Wednesday: Arborio & Mushroom Fall Side Dish – Kick off the season with an autumnal mushroom dish with just a hint of sweetness from tart apples that can be served chilled or warm.

Thursday: Healthy Mushroom Ground Beef Stroganoff – Add a hearty yet healthy twist to an old fashioned favorite by bulking it up with lots of vegetables including mushrooms, bell peppers, and eggplant.

Friday: Mushroom, Bean and Roasted Pepper Chili – This hearty chili is a pleasant surprise. Featuring finely chopped white button mushrooms and loads of rich flavor.

SaturdayMushroom and Sausage Polenta Bruschetta –– Wow your weekend guests with this tasty appetizer – white button mushrooms, Italian sausage, pine nuts and fresh rosemary with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan.

Sunday: Chicken Marsala Crepes – A snap to prepare, these crepes will be the star of the show with a rich wine sauce, tender mushrooms and perfectly sautéed chicken breasts – perfect for a Sunday brunch or autumn family dinner.

Monday: Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms – Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms is a perfect example on how to add mushrooms to a classic fall recipe.

Tuesday: Enoki Miso Noodle Soup – Prepare this simply delicious, light and delicate soup to enjoy in the middle of the week and beyond.

 

Lighten Up American Classics with Blendability

As a crisp chill makes its way into the air, weekends are now abuzz with the seasonal overlap of sports such as Baseball and Football. Whether you’re cheering on your alma mater, or making the most of baseball playoff games, meaty All-American foods pair perfectly with your game-day spread. And it’s no secret that mushrooms and meat go hand in hand!

Showcasing the best way to include mushrooms in meals, Culinary Institute of America chef, Bill Briwa, and Mushroom Council president, Bart Minor take a closer look at using blendability to boost the flavor of timeless American classics:

Beyond extending portion sizes and ramping up the nutrition in your favorite recipes, blending ground meat with mushrooms’ meaty, umami-rich flavor takes any meal to the next level! From a comfortable bowl of chili to a saucy sloppy joe, with a season of sports in full-force, we’re thrilled to share our favorite healthy takes on foods as American as apple pie:

  • Mushroom Chipotle Chili – seasoned to perfection, this blended chili’s lighter flavor makes it a perfect base for all the fixin’s.
  • Inside Out Mushroom Burger – filled with mushrooms from the inside out, this blended patty packs a powerful punch!
  • Sloppy Joes – combine ground beef and mushrooms to get a lighter take on this childhood favorite
  • Mushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy – double the mushrooms for double the taste! With meaty mushrooms topping and blended throughout, this meatloaf is sure to shine

Do you have a blended recipe that makes your whole family cheer? Submit your favorite blended recipe to our #ShroomTember contest hosted with Life of Dad for a chance to win $500! And don’t forget to join our #ShroomTember Twitter Party on September 23 for a chance to snag even more great prizes.

 

Celebrating Success: Recipe Redux 2014

From succulent portabella steaks to crunchy vegetarian nuggets, our 2014 Recipe Redux contest participants amped up the mushrooms and packed on the flavor in 37 delicious recipes! As part of the Council’s recent partnership with registered dietitians Regan Miller-Jones, Deanna Seagrave Daly and Serena Ball of The Recipe Redux, we tasked their community of 217 registered dietitians and health bloggers with revamping classic dishes by adding meaty mushrooms to the mix.

From blending fresh, diced mushrooms seamlessly with hearty ground meats in classic bruschetta and tender burgers to replacing meat altogether in crisp spring rolls and zesty, loaded nachos, the creativity was endless. The best part is that their efforts produced delicious, healthier alternatives to our favorite meals.

Let’s celebrate our contest winners!

Congratulations are in order to all participants as we celebrate all the amazing recipes we received featuring the mushrooms we all love. Thanks from the Council for a deliciously successful program!

 

See below for a full list of recipe entries


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.