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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.

 

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.

 

NYC Bloggers Taste Test Iron Chef Jehangir Mehta’s Mushroom Blend Menu

New York City is known as the mecca of food, every corner you turn there is a new restaurant, food truck or food festival. This summer, Broadway Bites brought together the best of the best in NYC and Chef Jehangir Mehta was on hand to showcase his mushroom blend menu items with local NYC foodie bloggers.

In the middle of Greenley Square, at 33rd and Broadway in downtown Manhattan, Iron Chef Jehangir Mehta and his team are cooking up mushroom blend menu items at his Graffiti/Me and You booth until August 1. But this past weekend, local foodie bloggers came out to the booth to pick Chef Mehta’s culinary brain.

NYC bloggers, including Vicki Winters from The Vicki Winters Show, Ashley Covelli from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen, Sarah Klinkowitz from Food, Words, Photos and Michael Muñoz from The Kitchen Gaily came out to chat with Chef Mehta about his NYC restaurant endeavors, his mushroom blendability technique and his view on the future of food!

As starters, bloggers tasted Chef Mehta’s Mushroom Vegetable Dumplings and Mushroom-Pork Dumplings. The Graffiti dumplings are based on Bombay’s classic chaat street food – a fusion of Indian and Asian cuisine. As locals and tourists came up to the booth, bloggers were raving about the dumplings, advising them to not miss out and to order up.

Next up, they chowed down on Chef Mehta’s Graffiti burger which takes the American classic for a spin. The patty is comprised of a blend of Angus beef and finely chopped portabella, shiitake and king oyster mushrooms. The rich umami from the mushrooms enhances the beef flavor for a mouthwatering burger seasoned with a savory fusion spice blend that the bloggers couldn’t put down. The burger is served on a brioche bun with pickled mushrooms and traditional toppers. Garlic fries and a mushroom-based mayonnaise dipping sauce complete the dish.

Bloggers had a blast chatting with Chef Jehangir with the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and raved about the delicious mushroom blend burger and dumplings. If you’re in the city, be sure to stop by the Graffiti booth at Broadway Bites before August 1 and share your #ShroomPic selfie on Twitter tagging the @MushroomChannel!