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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?

Mushrooms – Your Burger’s Perfect Partner

An American favorite, burgers have always been a go to for any outdoor party due to the ease with which they are customized to all tastes and dietary preferences. As you’re firing up the grill this Memorial Day weekend for cookouts with family and friends, make sure you have some extra “fun guys” at the party. Mushrooms are the perfect partner for your favorite burgers. Whether you’re blending, swapping or topping a grilled-to-perfection patty, mushrooms are a game changer for the grill. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite takes on this classic to help you spice up the start to summer:

  • Inside Out Mushroom Burger – blending finely chopped mushrooms with ground beef in the patty makes for a juicy and decadent burger, and better yet, stretches your meat portions so you can serve more hungry mouths
  • Classic Cheeseburger– for a lighter approach, swap out a portion of the meat for finely chopped mushrooms to reduce calorie, fat and sodium intake without compromising flavor
  • Mini Mushroom Burgers – kid-friendly and perfect for tiny hands, adorable portabella burgers are small on size, but big on savory taste
  • Portabella and Halloumi “Burgers” – a gluten-free twist on a staple, using meaty portabellas as buns cuts the wheat and ramps up flavor
  • Grilled Portobello Burger with Sundried Tomato Aioli – the savory aioli that tops this burger adds a special touch to a meatless dish
  • Grilled Mushroom and Peach Sliders – juicy summer peaches add a new flavor to a portabella burger, resulting in a delightful pairing of sweet and savory

What is your favorite way to personalize your burger?

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Mushrooms

Cinco de Mayo Mushroom Feast

Warmer temperatures aren’t the only reason to celebrate in May. Cinco de Mayo offers the opportunity to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride through the glue that binds families cross-culturally – delicious food! Ethnic foods offer plenty of opportunities to mix up ingredients and customize your plate, seamlessly blending mushrooms into the fixings of your fiesta and is a heart healthy and delicious way to celebrate this springtime holiday. Whether your Cinco celebration is meatless or blended with your favorite protein, mushrooms’ meaty texture blend effortlessly into sizzling dishes and a perfectly seasoned mushroom goes a long way in kicking up the flavor of a Mexican meal. This Cinco de Mayo, don’t forget to mix up your party menu with the flavor only mushrooms provide. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recipes here:

No matter the dish, mushrooms are a perfect partner at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

Eggs and Mushrooms: Your Perfect Morning Combo

As spring takes hold of the weather forecast, it also makes its way to the kitchen. Warmer weather and longer days mean starting your day by opting for a fresher take on the meal that keeps you going – breakfast! This weekend’s Easter holiday offers an opportunity to step away from the egg dye and celebrate eggs in combination with our favorite, tasty mushrooms.

Whether you’re rising before the sun and fueling for an egg hunt or savoring a bright Easter brunch, the combination of mushrooms and eggs fits perfectly into your Easter wake-up. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes featuring the tasty combo courtesy of the American Egg Board:

  • Tuscan Garden Breakfast Flatbread – dressed in a classic tomato pesto and overflowing with scrambled eggs, crimini mushrooms, artichokes, tomatoes, spinach, bacon and parmesan cheese, this decadent take on breakfast gives you something to look forward to in the morning.
  • Green Curry Egg Sandwich – start your day with a vegetarian twist on a lunch classic. This Green Curry Egg Sandwich boasts a mix of scrambled eggs, sweet peppers, mushrooms and onions sautéed in green curry sauce and stuffed in Naan bread with spicy radish sprouts.
  • Steakhouse Breakfast – for those seeking a hearty breakfast, look no further than the extra meaty combo of mushrooms, steak and a fried egg all served on Asiago Cheese Foccacia.
  • Huevos Rancheros with Portabella – mix up a weekend go-to by topping a roasted portabella cap with cumin scrambled eggs, served with avocado, Ranchero sauce and corn tortilla crumbles.
  • Breakfast Mash Up (Breakfast Poutine) – a new way to serve up a northern favorite, Breakfast Poutine features scrambled eggs atop French fries, sautéed mushrooms, cheese curds and turkey sausage crumbles also becomes a tasty take on brinner.

Now that the eggs are dyed and baskets prepared, which egg combo are you planning to try on Easter morning?

Asian Mushroom Matzo Ball Soup

Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat puts a spin on this classic Passover staple with a bit of mushroom love.

Mushroom Matzo Ball Soup by What Jew Wanna Eat

Matzo ball soup is a traditional Passover dish made with a rich stock, tons of vegetables and hearty matzo dumplings. This Asian twist uses shitake mushrooms in the dumplings and soup, with fresh cilantro and a spicy kick from jalapeños. It’s still kosher for Passover thanks to a secret ingredient that mimics the flavor of soy sauce.

A fun addition to your Passover Seder, or a light lunch on its own, this dish can easily be vegetarian. I recommend homemade stock, but store bought works in a pinch! Feel free to leave out the jalapenos for the kids, and season to taste to amp up the flavor!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 10 cups stock
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup matzo meal
  • ¼ cup green onions, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup shitake mushrooms, minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup carrots, julienne
  • ½ cup shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 6 lime wedges

Instructions

  1. First, make your matzo balls. In a medium bowl, whisk ½ cup of stock with eggs. Then mix in matzo meal, green onions, minced shitake mushrooms, minced cilantro, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Since the dough will be sticky, refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  2. When you are ready to cook, form matzo meal concoction into about 14 1-inch balls.
  3. Now, make your soup. Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Lower to a simmer and add matzo balls. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes until matzo balls puff up and are cooked through.
  4. In a separate stockpot, add remaining broth, ginger, balsamic vinegar, carrots and mushrooms and simmer for 10-15 minutes until flavors meld and carrots and mushrooms are cooked. Add matzo balls to the soup and serve with jalapeno, cilantro, green onions and lime as garnish!