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Mediterranean Mushroom-Zucchini Boats

Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen shares the quickest vegetarian dinner you’ve ever made! Toss this recipe in the oven or on the grill for a dinner that’s full of incredible end-of-summer flavors! 

Staring down a stash of summertime veggies? Whether you gardened yourself into an overabundance of zucchini, or the neighbors down the street are trying to pass their crop onto you, you’ll welcome the season of zucchini with this quick and easy recipe for Mediterranean Mushroom Zucchini Boats.

Full of feisty, vibrant summertime flavors, feel free to use your Farmer’s Market tomatoes in this meal. It’s prepped in less than 10 minutes, and cooked in less than 20. On the grill or in the oven, this easy recipe is versatile and splendid. Perfect for serving at a casual weeknight family meal, or neighborhood potluck. Just like the land that inspired the flavors, this recipe is as fancy or freewheeling as you want it to be!

 

Mediterranean Mushroom-Zucchini Boats

Serves 6.

Ingredients:

  • 3 small zucchinis, halved
  • 1 small tomato, finely diced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 ½ cups baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup black olives, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

Directions:

Use a small spoon to scoop the pit and seeds out of the center of each zucchini half. Set aside.

In a large bowl stir together the tomato, bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, olives, and feta cheese.  Spoon into the center of each zucchini. Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 20 minutes OR grill on a grill heated to medium-low heat until the zucchini is crisp-tender.

 

Mushroom Blendability Was a Hit at the School Nutrition Annual Conference

Over the past year the mushroom industry, food service directors and meat processors have been hard at work hoping to bring blendability to the forefront. The outcome of these efforts were obvious at this year’s School Nutrition Conference, and Council Representative Kathleen Pries, was there to share all the benefits of blendability with knowledge seeking directors.

The energy, excitement and enthusiasm at the SNA ANC in Boston, Massachusetts last week was palpable. School food service directors from across the nation were eager to visit the Mushroom Council booth to learn about fresh mushrooms and blendability.

Located in the United Fresh Pavilion, the Mushroom Council had the opportunity to work with other likeminded exhibitors to bring school foodservice directors real solutions to increase fresh produce consumption in schools. The Fresh Produce Pavilion showcased a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables available to schools, as well as highlighted the produce industry’s commitment to helping schools meet the new fruit and vegetable requirements for school lunch/breakfast.  With the new “Smart Snacks in Schools” requirements going into effect, and continuing media attention on healthier school meals, it is more important than ever that the fresh produce industry be fully engaged with schools.

To demonstrate how meatless options can be just as tasty, and how blendability can enhance school meals, we sampled Spicy Mushroom Meatballs, Mushroom Blended Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties, and Meatless Portabella Cheesesteaks. Attendees were thrilled to hear student’s favorite meals can be made healthier without losing taste, volume or texture. But we weren’t the only ones showing off blendability, three additional companies showed mushroom blended products totaling 11 products on the show floor for school foodservice directors to sample and add to their menu.

The presence of mushroom blendability at this year’s School Nutrition Association Conference was especially important given the current debate on regulating nutrition requirements in the school lunch program.  Concepts like mushroom blendability demonstrate that districts can serve healthier versions of foods kids love without sacrificing taste or acceptance.  The acceptance with districts, processors and industry influencers of mushroom blendability is a huge opportunity to continue to improve student lunches.

We at the Mushroom Council are tremendously lucky to be included in the groundbreaking group of individuals and organizations that form the School Nutrition Association. We would like to thank everyone at the conference for a truly memorable week!

Egg Mushroom Kale Skillet

Robyn of Add a Pinch puts a twist on the classic egg and mushroom pairing in this delicious, pan-seared skillet combination great for a healthy meal anytime of day.

 

I love meals that I can quickly get on the table, that everyone loves, and that I know are filled with nutritious ingredients. Make it a one-skillet or pan meal and I’m definitely hooked!

This egg mushroom kale skillet fits all of those elements perfectly. A definite one-skillet wonder of a meal, this dish is on the table in about 15 minutes and is filled with so much goodness!

I begin with just a bit of olive oil in my skillet and then add in the mushroom, onions, and garlic for a quick saute. As soon as they become a bit tender, I add in the kale and peppers and then finally, I add the eggs on top and pop it into the oven to bake for a bit. It goes straight from stove-top to oven and then to the table and works perfectly for a breakfast, brunch, light lunch or supper.

Since we’re already starting to think of quick ideas for our meals for back to school, this dish definitely goes high on the list. I know if I begin the day serving this, my family will be fueled for whatever their day brings

As included, the recipe is naturally grain-free, gluten-free and fits a paleo lifestyle. However, if you’d like, you can also add shaved Parmesan to the top of the dish as it comes out of the oven to amp up the flavor even more, if you prefer.

Here’s my Egg Mushroom Kale Skillet Recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

 

Egg Mushroom Kale Skillet 

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Serves: 2-4

 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1/2 medium onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, diced

1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced

2 cups chopped fresh kale

3 eggs

salt and pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F.
  2. Drizzle olive oil into skillet over medium heat on the stove. Add in mushrooms, onion, and garlic and sauté until slightly tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add in red pepper and kale and sauté another 3 minutes.
  4. Depress three areas within the ingredients with the back of a wooden spoon and crack an egg into each of the depressions.
  5. Place in the preheated oven and cook until the egg has reached your preferred amount of doneness, 3-5 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

 

Oyster Mushroom Spring Rolls

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen shares how to enjoy a cool yet zesty spring favorite during the summer using meaty, flavorful oyster mushrooms.

Mushroom Spring Rolls by A Cozy Kitchen

Spring rolls are the perfect thing to eat as the dog days of summer begin closing in on us. They’re light and fresh-tasting and require minimal cooking—it’s more an assembly-type recipe than anything else. I usually love to stuff spring rolls with seafood like shrimp or lobster but today I’m going with oyster mushrooms. They’re meaty and filling yet don’t weigh you down. The marinade consists of a bit of sugar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and a few dashes of chile oil for some flavor. I like to think the ginger adds nice spice, too. The mushrooms are cooked in the sauce, giving them really great flavor. The spring rolls are stuffed with a small handful of micro greens and thinly sliced carrot, resulting in a cool, tasty summer appetizer.

 

Ingredients:

Yields 6 Spring Rolls; Serves 4

 

Spring Rolls:

1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2-inch knob of ginger, grated
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon chile oil (optional)
1 garlic clove, minced
4-5 oyster mushrooms, sliced
6 round rice wrappers
Small handful of micro greens
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced

 

Dipping sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
Pinch of sesame seeds

 

Directions:

1. In a small sauté pan, set over medium heat, add the sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce, light brown sugar, chile oil and garlic clove. Cook until the garlic clove has softened and the brown sugar has dissolved. Add the sliced oyster mushrooms and cook in the sauce until softened, about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover the pan while you get the other ingredients ready.

2. Fill a shallow, wide bowl with warm water. Dip 1 rice paper into the water for 10 seconds or so, rotating it so all parts of the sheet hit the water. Transfer the softened rice paper to a cutting board, laying it out flat. Place a few tablespoons of the sautéed mushrooms in the center. Top with a small handful of sliced carrots and micro greens.

3. Fold the bottom edge of the rice paper over the filling and then fold in the 2 sides, the top and then roll the entire wrapper tightly. Repeat with the rest of the spring rolls.

4. To make the dipping sauce, whisk all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Serve the spring rolls immediately with dipping sauce on the side.

 

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.