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Top Ten Reasons to Enjoy Mushrooms This Holiday Season

Mushroom Meatballs

Sugar and spice, and everything nice tops the list of holiday essentials, but we’re certain that mushrooms are the true hero of the holiday season. From small bites to a full feast, mushrooms are the perfect ingredient for every occasion. If you’re not convinced take a look at our top ten reasons to enjoy mushrooms for the holidays.

1) They’re always in season. From the Fourth of July to New Year’s Eve, mushrooms are always fresh and available.

2) Your guests will never know they are eating a “healthy” meatball appetizer when you replace a portion of ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms. Try these Crimini and Pork meatballs from our featured recipe tab.  (Pictured Above)

3) They are a natural source of Vitamin D, a perfect way to get your daily dose as the sun sets early.

4) From the hearty portabella to the savory shiitake, there is always a variety to choose from. Check out our Variety Pinterest board to learn more!

5) Stuffed mushrooms are always a crowd favorite. You can even combine two appetizers in one with Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms.

6) Portabella mushrooms make a great canvas for leftovers. Try these Portabella Pizettes that combine a variety of holiday flavors.

7) Not a lot of time to spend in the kitchen before guests arrive? These No-Bake Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect appetizer to whip up in minutes.

8) This Mushroom Lasagna from What’s Gaby Cooking will have guests talking for days after the party.

9) There is never a shortage of mushroom recipes. We have more than 1,000 recipe ideas on our Pinterest boards.

10) They are healthy, versatile and delicious. What more do you need?

Happy Holidays!


Top Mushroom Pins for The Holidays

Grilled Caprese Portabella

As the saying goes, we eat with our eyes before taking the first bite, which makes it no surprise that Pinterest and recipes are a match made in heaven.   When it comes to the versatile mushroom, there is no shortage of mushroom creativity from appetizers to entrees.

With more than 1,500 pins on the Mushroom Channel Pinterest account we’ve collected quite a few favorites, but we’re dedicating this blog post to the recipes YOU like the most.  Based on likes and repins, we compiled a list of our most popular pins.

Discovering the perfect appetizer for a holiday party or a healthy dish to keep in mind for your New Year’s resolutions can be a challenge, but we hope our list below makes your holiday planning that much simpler ( and delicious).

Be sure to check out our Friday blog post for a preview of our first-ever Mushroom Pin Party taking place on Tuesday, December 10th 7PM CT with co-hosts The Little Kitchen and A Spicy Perspective . Join the Pin Party and share your favorite mushroom creations using the hashtag #AMushroomGathering.

Happy Cooking!

Top Mushroom Channel Pins:

1)      Grilled Caprese Portabella

2)      Spicy Mushroom Miso Ramen

3)      Mushroom Fontina Tartine

4)      Tortellini with Mushrooms, Zucchini and Bell Pepper

5)      Brie and Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms

6)      Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

7)      Simple Sautéed Mushrooms

8)      Easy Parmesan Mushroom Melts

9)      Campfire Mushrooms

10)   Marinated Grilled Mushrooms

Dining Out for The Holidays: Mushrooms on the Menu

Fresh Crimini Mushrooms

The holidays are all about being in the kitchen, but sometimes it’s more fun to use the kitchen for socializing rather than cooking. In between holiday shopping, festivities and decorating, we all want a moment to relax, sit and savor a meal that was prepared for us.  With mushrooms trending at restaurants across the country, you might be tempted to try a dish at all one – or more – of the restaurants below.

  • Applebee’s – One look at their new Marsala Mushroom Sirloin featured on their Spirited Cuisine Menu and you’ll be ready to order.
  • Au Bon Pain – It’s easy to forget breakfast during the holidays, but Au Bon Pain’s new Mushroom and Egg White Frittata Breakfast Sandwich provides the perfect option for a healthy breakfast on-the-go.
  • Maggiano’s – Enjoy a double dose of mushrooms with a decadent Stuffed Mushroom appetizer and a creamy Mushroom Ravioli entrée.
  • Panera Bread – There are few things as comforting as a bowl of soup, and Panera’s new Country Mushroom Soup with Truffle hits the perfect note of flavor with every spoonful.
  • Outback Steakhouse – If you’re at a table with mushroom lovers, you might want to order two of their Crab Stuffed Mushrooms for an appetizer because they will easily steal the show.

We’re always keeping an eye out for the latest mushroom trends so keep an eye on our dining page to see if your favorite restaurant adds a bit of mushroom flair to their menu.

Happy Holidays!

A Healthy Spin on Comfort Food

Mushroom Skillet Lasagna by Savory Simple

When cold weather strikes, images of gooey mac and cheese, hearty sandwiches and creamy soup top the list of meal choices.  In between the decadence, we all want to strike a healthy meal balance.  When it comes to serving a great meal, The Mushrooom Channel believes a line doesn’t have to be drawn between what tastes good and what’s good for you. When you add mushrooms to the plate, you can have the best of both worlds in one serving.  Check out our round up of recipes from around the web that are perfect for a cozy fall night in.

  • Creamy Mushroom and 3 Bean Soup – This meatless soup from Dine and Dish is filled with heartiness from the combo of mushrooms and beans that you won’t feel guilty about grabbing a second bowl.
  • Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms – Nothing screams pasta night more than baked spaghetti in the oven. This version from Ingredients,Inc. keeps the calories in check with a mushroom and meat blend for the filling.
  • Skillet Mushroom Lasagna – A skillet can be used for more than cornbread this fall. Whip up this mushroom lasagna from Savory Simple that can be served in the same dish you bake it in.
  • Arborio and Mushroom Fall Side Dish – Even a side dish can be a star of the meal, when it’s loaded with honey crisp apples and mushrooms in this cozy dish from $5 dinners.
  • Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms – Football Sunday is all about snacks. Combine two popular snacks into one with this recipe for Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms via Cheeky Kitchen.
  • Mushroom Meatball Parmigana Sliders – Whether it’s served as an app or entrée, this dish replaces a portion of meat with finely chopped mushrooms directly in the patty, for a dish that even your heartiest meat eaters will love.
  • Butternut Squash Pasta with Caramelized Sage Mushrooms – Mushrooms caramelized with sage sound like a treat in their own right, but the addition of butternut squash turns it a perfectly balanced fall meal via Running to the Kitchen.
  • Penne with Mushrooms and Turkey Sausage – Mushrooms and Turkey sausage hit just the right note in this simple pasta that’s perfect for a weeknight meal.
  • Meatball Stuffed Mushrooms – We couldn’t help but share our featured recipe from Tuesday one more time. This recipe from Cheeky Kitchen can be served as an appetizer or entrée.

The recipes don’t end here. We are cooking up more inspiration on Twitter with the hashtag #Fall4Mushrooms and our #Fall4Mushrooms Pinterest board.

Cheers to a healthy comfort food season!

Mushroom Love Goes Pink

Mushrooms Go PINK in October

October is a beautiful month for several reasons. Leaves are beginning to change color, the weather turns cool and crisp and comfort food finds its place at the table. As we embrace the beauty that surrounds us, we also take note of a very important message for October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October the mighty mushroom becomes more than an ingredient at your table, it becomes part of a message for hope.

Through an annual $50,000 donation to City of Hope, a leading cancer research center, the Mushroom Council supports their research on breast cancer and mushrooms. In total, the council has donated more than $800,000 through the years. You will also notice a new color in the produce aisle this fall as mushroom tills “go pink” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Our featured recipe tab is filled with six recipes to put those fresh new mushrooms in your kitchen to good use. You can find even more inspiration on our collaborative “Mushrooms for Hope” Pinterest board with City of Hope and by following along with the #Fall4Mushrooms hashtag.

We also partnered with three amazing food bloggers this month, who are bringing brand new mushroom recipes to the table. Even better, their posts are providing a chance for YOU to win. Simply leave a comment on one of the posts below with your favorite mushroom recipe and you will be randomly entered for a chance to win a Mushroom Apron and $50 American Express Gift Card.

Cheers to a great and inspiring month ahead here at the Mushroom Channel!

Featured Recipes:
• Dine and Dish: Creamy Mushroom and 3 Bean Soup
• Ingredients, Inc.: Baked Spaghetti with Mushrooms
• Savory Simple: Mushroom Skillet Lasagna