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SPOTTED: Mushrooms on the Menu this Summer

Warm weather, cool breezes and longer days – summer creates the perfect scene for enjoying delicious cuisine while out on the town. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekday bite or have a knack for culinary exploration, mushrooms are sure to be on a menu near you. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite places guaranteed to help you get your mushroom fix and beat the heat in the kitchen:

Maggiano’s – throughout July, Maggiano’s is running a “buy one get one free” promotion allowing guests to pick one tasty entrée to enjoy at the restaurant and one to take home for later. Between their Famous Rigatoni D boasting chicken, flavorful mushrooms and caramelized onions, and savory Mushroom Ravioli served with alfredo sauce, our guess is the most difficult choice will be which to enjoy now and which to enjoy later!

Seasons52 – Feed your burger craving with the Signature Burger at Seasons52. Slashing the calories and amping up flavor by blending mushrooms into the patty, this Angus beef and mushroom duxelle blended burger is classically topped with butter lettuce, roasted tomatoes and house-made pickles making for a perfect summer lunch.

Olive Garden – complemented with endless breadsticks, mushroom-lovers can expect the best as they head to Olive Garden to enjoy two signature entrees. Guests can choose from Mezzaluna Ravioli with Mushroom Alfredo, featured as part of the restaurant’s Alfredo Fest, or keep it classic with Ravioli Di Portabello topped with creamy smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce.

Ruby Tuesday – break out of the status quo with the Shrimp Po’ Boy Flatbread from Ruby Tuesday. This dish offers a decadent mix of fried popcorn shrimp; Parmesan cream sauce; and a spicy blend of green peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon, and Andouille sausage; and is topped with a creamy chipotle sauce.

Which of these mushroom dishes will you be trying on your next night out?

Blend Mushrooms Seamlessly Into Everyday Family Meals


Cooking with mushrooms puts the flavor, fun and substance into family meals by blending seamlessly with your favorite dishes while adding great nutritional value!

The Blendability technique is an easy way to make some healthy makeovers to your favorite dishes, without compromising taste and satisfaction. For a closer look – and kitchen inspiration – check out this video with Mushroom Council president, Bart Minor, and Culinary Institute of America chef, Bill Briwa.

From creamy pasta sauces to family classics like meatloaf, mushrooms are a great addition to the plate, and there are countless health and flavor benefits that will help you include mushrooms in more meals. Whether you blend them with your favorite ground meats, slice them finely and serve them in a vegetable medley or sauté them whole to stand alone as a side dish, there is always room for mushrooms on the menu. Try some of the recipes below to jump-start healthier cooking this summer!

Mushroom Pasta Sauce – Mince mushrooms and blend with zesty oils and seasonings to add to your favorite pasta sauce – perfect for a personalized twist on pasta night!

Meatball Stuffed Mushrooms – Cooking meatballs inside of hearty portabella or cremini mushroom caps makes for a delicious dish that satisfies as an appetizer or entre.

Mushroom Turkey Burger – Summer calls for burgers and this lean ground turkey and mushroom blend will become a go-to for your family cookouts.

Blended Mushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Sauce – Comfort food at its finest.

Vegetarian Mushroom Stir-Fry – Go meatless for dinner with this vegetarian stir-fry dish that packs in the flavor with sautéed mushrooms in a rich vegetarian oyster sauce.

Celebrate Dad All Day With Mushrooms!

Celebrated each June, Men’s Health Month seeks to raise awareness and encourage early detection and treatment of preventable health problems among men and boys. With a holiday celebrating the men who do it all just around the corner, rethink the menu of your Father’s Day cookout while keeping his favorites nutritious. After all, grilling can be a great way to boost the flavor of your favorite ingredients while keeping your favorite recipes health.

The Council also supports many efforts to promote men’s health including City of Hope’s cancer research in finding new ways to use mushrooms (white buttons, in particular) for their potential effects on cancer. Here is a video from the City of Hope that highlights white button mushrooms as part of a study on post-treatment care for prostate cancer:

Low in calories and fat and cholesterol-free, mushrooms are your perfect partner in creating a meal that has all of the heart dad seeks, while providing the nutritional benefits  of mushrooms – potassium, Vitamins D & B, and antioxidants.. We’ve rounded up our favorite treats to inspire your Father’s Day celebration, from breakfast to dinner:

Steakhouse Breakfast – start his day with a breakfast fit for a king. By swapping meaty mushrooms for part of the steak strips sitting atop an Asiago Cheese Foccacia, this breakfast stays hearty and tastes delicious.

Inside Out Mushroom Burger – while they can also be found mingling on top of this burger, mushrooms seamlessly blend with ground beef to slash half of the calories in his favorite grilled burgers.

Portabella and Spinach Sandwich – served alongside a fresh salad, this vegetarian sandwich gets its heart from meaty grilled portabellas. Serve alongside dad’s favorite side for a lunch that’s sure to please.

Marinated Grilled Mushrooms – a side of marinated grilled mushrooms adds an extra serving of vegetables on his plate while adding a special touch to his favorite grilled dinner entree.

As a heart healthy meal starter – look to mushrooms to kick off this weekend’s celebration of dad. What will you be grilling up?

Celebrate Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month with Mushrooms

As June heats up, so do summer outings, family gatherings and healthy eating as we celebrate Fruits and Veggies Month! June is the perfect time to start adding, hearty and nutritious mushrooms to your diet!

Mushrooms’ nutritional qualities stand out  as a  source of vitamin D, potassium and riboflavin, but their distinct flavor that pairs well with a variety of spices and preparations puts them in a class all their own. Celebrate fruits and veggies month while sticking to your summer grilling rituals by throwing hefty portabellas on the grill to toss over a salad, or to replace your burger patty. Or bring your celebration indoors and sauté mushrooms and other veggies to serve in summer fajitas! The versatility of mushrooms can inspire endless number of dishes that will make celebrating Fruits and Veggies Month a breeze! Try your hand at one of these summer recipes to get started:

Mushroom Fajitas – Enjoy these meaty portabellas over a bed of zesty peppers and onions for intensely flavorful fajitas!

Caprese Stuffed Mushroom – Portabella mushroom are layered with fresh mozzarella, tomato, and spinach for a fresh new take on the traditional caprese salad that’s light and healthy.

Mushroom and Garlic Sunflower Salad – Simple and delicious. Crunchy romaine lettuce tossed with sautéed mushrooms and a homemade dressing.

Mushroom Stuffed Pears with Gorgonzola – A fun twist on stuffed mushrooms that serves as a flavorful appetizer perfect for celebrating Fruits and Veggies month with family or friends!

Mushroom Egg Salad – This classic American comfort food gets a modern twist with the addition of crispy sautéed mushrooms and shallots – great as a summer cookout side-dish.

Mushroom Mango Salad – Sweet and savory! This delicious blend of mangoes and mushrooms makes for a perfect summer side, or light lunch.

 

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?