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Mushroom Meal Makeover: Tacos

An easy family favorite, tacos have long been a go-to for busy families looking for a quick and delicious weeknight dinner that’s customizeable to individual tastes. Between variations in shells and toppings, anyone can find a favorite with this versatile recipe. For those looking for a boost of savory umami flavor, look no further! Whether blended with ground meat or topping your favorite spice blend, mushrooms are a hearty addition to any taco recipe.

To celebrate the mighty mushroom taco, we’ve rounded up a number of our favorite recipes. You’ll also find a recipe for a basic blended mushroom taco from Cherry Creek Nutrition, perfect for anyone looking to get started in creating a signature taco that amps up the nutritional factor.

What’s your favorite way to cook up this dinner staple?

BASIC MUSHROOM/BEEF TACOS

courtesy of Cherry Creek Nutrition

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 lb white button mushroom (pulsed in food processor into small bits- not pureed!)

1 lb 97% lean ground beef (organic & grass fed if possible)/ or ground turkey or chicken

1-2 Tbsp taco seasonings or chili powder

1 tsp salt

Taco shells

shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes

Heat the oil in skillet, add mushrooms and salt. Cook for about 8-10 minutes until moisture disappears. Add ground beef, chicken or turkey, break up and cook thoroughly. Add 1-2 tbsp taco seasoning of choice and mix altogether- may need to add a little water.

Serve in taco shells, topped with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Delicious!

A Sandwich for Every Occasion

From school lunch to dessert, a sandwich can take on many forms. A comforting grilled cheese is an essential classic, but when it comes to creating a decadent sandwich the possibilities are truly endless.  When you have a handful of mushrooms on hand, and you’re lacking a recipe to toss them into, we guarantee there is a simple sandwich solution from breakfast to dinner.

The beauty of creating a sandwich with mushrooms is that they can serve a variety of roles.  They can replace the meat altogether for a vegetarian option or replace a portion of meat creating a mushroom/meat blend that provides the best of both worlds.  Finally, you can get a double dose of mushrooms by replacing the bread altogether with two hearty portabellas.

Get started with some of our favorite combinations below, and get creative in the kitchen with your own sandwich creations.

  • Mushroom and Fontina Tartine – This tasty open-faced melt can be whipped up with a few basic ingredients that combine to create an amazing flavor.
  • Portabella and Halloumi Burgers – Summer might feel far away, but this Portabella and Halloumi “burger” is the perfect recipe to enjoy the taste of the season in the middle of winter.
  • Mushroom-Meatball Subs – Mushroom and meat blend together to create a better-for-you version in this meatball sub.
  • Butter Roasted Mushroom Sandwich –   Roasted mushrooms are full of flavor all on their own, but when you place them between two slices of bread with creamy cheese, you’re in for one gourmet bite.
  • Grilled Philly Cheese Mushroom Sandwich  - This classic regional treat gets a mushroom makeover with “meaty” portabellas as the filling.

Find more mushroom inspiration in our full recipe database!

4 Reasons to Love Mushrooms This Month

Whether effortlessly blended in a traditional meal, or elegantly topping a savory burger, mushrooms provide the perfect finishing touch. In addition to being a tasty addition to virtually any meal, there are many reasons to be mad about mushrooms. Since February is the month to celebrate love, we’re sharing the top four out of countless reasons why mushrooms are the most lovable addition to your cooking plans!

Mushrooms are Gluten Free

Like all fruits and veggies, mushrooms are naturally gluten free making them a perfect base for modifying culinary favorites which traditionally contain gluten. Swap your wheat flour pizza crust with a portabella cap, like in this Roasted Portabella Pizza. Even hamburger buns can be recreated using mushrooms! Check out these Portabella and Halloumi “Burgers” for a fresh take on an American favorite.

Mushrooms are easily blended

The ease with which finely chopped mushrooms blend with any lean ground meat make them a delicious and healthy addition to meals your family already loves. Whether they’re blended into kid-friendly Sloppy Joes, or mixed into Mushroom, Potato and Chorizo Tacos, mushrooms provide increased nutritional benefits in a cost-effective (and tasty!) way.

Vegan

Mushrooms’ high nutritional value make them a perfect addition to anyone following a Vegan diet. The versatility of mushrooms make them a perfect partner for vegan appetizers, such as Grilled Rosemary Mushroom Skewers or a great alternative to meat in Marinated Grilled Mushrooms.

Meatless

Whether you’re full-time vegetarian, or simply a fan of Meatless Mondays, mushrooms’ hearty texture make them a perfect go-to for anyone looking for an alternative to meat in the dishes they’re whipping up. It’s easy to replace meat in a tasty breakfast such as mushroom Portabella Omelet topped with Portabella “Bacon” or atop a tangy Grilled Portabella Caesar Salad.

For more inspiration on how to incorporate tasty, nutrient rich mushrooms into your diet, check out our Mushroom Monday Pinterest board!

New Year, New You Recipe Round-Up

The winter holidays have come and gone, leaving extra full bellies in their trail. With a healthy lifestyle being a priority for many, this year we encourage you to make over your favorite meals with mushrooms. In addition to being a savory addition to meals that you already love, finely chopped mushrooms blend perfectly with ground beef or turkey to create lighter versions of your favorites.

To honor your pledge for a lighter lifestyle, we’re sharing a roundup of some of our favorite mushroom resources!

Chili con Crimini

It’s fall. It’s football season. And it’s the ideal time for chili. Lucky for us, Chef Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, is sharing her mushroom lovers’ chili recipe perfect for a fall gathering.

Chili con Crimini by Jackie Newgent

I get giddy this time of year. That’s because I’m an avid football fan. And what food goes best with football? Chili!

I created a super flavorful chili where crimini mushrooms replace ground beef. Since the mushrooms provide heartiness and savoriness, you truly won’t miss the meat. In fact, you’ll likely find it tastier. I do! It’s a vegan recipe so there’s no need to make two kinds of chili for a gathering of family or friends where there are vegetarians and meat eaters. But you can top this chili as you like, such as with shredded Monterey jack cheese. Serve with crusty sourdough bread rolls, too.

One highlight of this recipe is that you can make it in advance and reheat it in a covered stockpot or slow cooker; the flavors will develop further and onions and peppers will become extra softened. Make it for Sunday game day, and enjoy the leftovers as the perfect lunch for a busy work week.

Chili con Crimini

Makes 8 servings: 1 cup each

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined peanut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, with some seeds, minced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons aged red wine vinegar
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed roasted tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
  • 1½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 1¼ teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

  1. In two batches, add the mushrooms to a food processor. Cover and pulse until finely chopped, but not mushy. Alternatively, finely chop mushrooms using a chef’s knife.
  2. Heat the oil in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño and sauté until the mushrooms are cooked through and onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and vinegar and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the broth, tomatoes, chili powder, salt, and cinna­mon and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes. Stir in the beans and 2 tablespoons of the cilantro and simmer uncov­ered, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency, about 12 minutes. Adjust seasoning.
  4. Spoon chili into bowls, top with the remaining cilantro, and serve.

Per serving: 150 calories, 2g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 690mg sodium, 26g total carbohydrate, 7g dietary fiber, 7g sugars, 9g protein