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Spice Up National Chili Month with Mushrooms

With a full-flavored blend of spices, a hearty bowl of  chili is hard to beat on crisp fall days. As nights get cooler and the search for a warm bowl of comfort begins, look to mushrooms to give your chili the boost of flavor you didn’t know was missing. Blending in mushrooms with ground meat in traditional chili recipes not only lowers calories, but also adds extra savory umami to accent the existing flavors in your favorite chili recipe. In honor of National Chili Month, we’ve rounded up our favorite recipes – perfect for cozying up to this fall:

  • Mexican Mushroom Chili with Beans and Barley – Paired with a fresh baguette and served piping hot, this hearty chili is a perfect dinner to cozy up to on a brisk night.
  • Chili Con Crimini – A perfect pairing for fall football, this Chili Con Crimini packs a mushroom-loving punch!
  •  Mushroom Chipotle Chili – a blended mushroom and meat base give this recipe heart without weighing it down. The spicy blend of poblano chilies and jalapenos make this recipe a go to if you’re looking for some heat.
  • Mushroom Chili – a classic take on a traditional chili recipe, this meaty, mushroom-filled recipe is best paired with crisp tortilla chips.

Still searching for inspiration? Chef Bill Briwa from the Culinary Institute of America and Bart Minor, President of the Mushroom Council give a classic chili recipe a makeover using a mixture of finely chopped mushrooms and meat as the base. More nutritious comfort food has never looked so good!

Fill Your National Taco Day with Mushrooms

Simmer the meat, grab the spices and prepare your taste buds for a zesty assortment of flavors – tomorrow is National Taco Day! A celebration of deliciousness is in order as we pay homage to a classic Mexican staple that has for many years added spice to kitchens all over the world.

From the vibrant colors and flavors added by fresh ingredients to the piping hot meat (and mushrooms!) that stuff the shells, tacos have always made it easy to add extra personality, fun and deliciousness to dinner time! The variety of ways to enjoy this beloved handheld dish are endless – and so are the ways in which you can add mushrooms to the mix. Blend minced mushrooms with your choice of ground meat and seasonings for a taco stuffing that explodes with flavor. Or slice them thin and sauté them to have as a meaty taco topping.

Whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner – there is a mushroom, taco combo that will excite your taste buds and help extend your Taco Day celebration. We’ve collected some of our favorite mushroom taco recipes to help you enjoy the staple dish all day long.

Sausage and Mushroom Brinner Tacos – Blend sautéed mushrooms and sausage for a “Brinner” taco perfect for a late-night craving – or throw in an egg for a tasty breakfast.

Taco Salad – The mixture of flavors and textures in this delicious contradiction meal will make each bite just a little different than the last.

Taco Stuffed Baked Potato – Enjoy a big Do-It-Yourself baked potato taco toppings bar, including a mushroom based meatless taco filling!

Mediterranean Crimini Mushroom Tacos with Tahini Sauce – The tahini sauce is a perfect complement to lend creamy deliciousness to these satisfying, umami rich mushroom tacos.

Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos – Take on the mouthwatering combination of flavors in this Grilled Portabella, Andouille and Sweet Potato Tacos recipe.

 

 

Spaghetti with Mushroom Meatballs

Paula of Bell’Alimento brings umami-rich flavor to a dinner table classic with this signature spaghetti and mushroom blend meatball dish.

Spaghetti and meatballs make just about everyone happy (at least in our house). It’s a meal that’s simple and satisfying and ours comes together in just 20 minutes! We’ve added a little something special to our meatball recipe by blending in one of our favorite ingredients – mushrooms! Instead of having mushrooms in the tomato sauce, now they’re blended right into the meatball itself!

Our meatballs are baked not fried or cooked in the sauce itself. The recipe makes approx. 40 meatballs. While that may seem like a lot, they’re the perfect size. Not too big and not too small. It also means if you’re able to contain yourself and save some to make the perfect next day lunch – meatball subs!

 

Spaghetti with Mushroom Meatballs 

Yield: 40 meatballs

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces ground Italian sausage
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms – pulsed finely
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 recipe tomato sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Into a large bowl add: sausage, mushrooms, egg, panko, milk and oregano. Mix to combine. Mixture will seem wet.
  3. Using a small/medium size cookie scoop, portion out meat mixture onto a non-stick rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Add meatballs to cooked tomato sauce.
  6. Serve over spaghetti (cooked according to package directions until al dente).

 

Lighten Up American Classics with Blendability

As a crisp chill makes its way into the air, weekends are now abuzz with the seasonal overlap of sports such as Baseball and Football. Whether you’re cheering on your alma mater, or making the most of baseball playoff games, meaty All-American foods pair perfectly with your game-day spread. And it’s no secret that mushrooms and meat go hand in hand!

Showcasing the best way to include mushrooms in meals, Culinary Institute of America chef, Bill Briwa, and Mushroom Council president, Bart Minor take a closer look at using blendability to boost the flavor of timeless American classics:

Beyond extending portion sizes and ramping up the nutrition in your favorite recipes, blending ground meat with mushrooms’ meaty, umami-rich flavor takes any meal to the next level! From a comfortable bowl of chili to a saucy sloppy joe, with a season of sports in full-force, we’re thrilled to share our favorite healthy takes on foods as American as apple pie:

  • Mushroom Chipotle Chili – seasoned to perfection, this blended chili’s lighter flavor makes it a perfect base for all the fixin’s.
  • Inside Out Mushroom Burger – filled with mushrooms from the inside out, this blended patty packs a powerful punch!
  • Sloppy Joes – combine ground beef and mushrooms to get a lighter take on this childhood favorite
  • Mushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy – double the mushrooms for double the taste! With meaty mushrooms topping and blended throughout, this meatloaf is sure to shine

Do you have a blended recipe that makes your whole family cheer? Submit your favorite blended recipe to our #ShroomTember contest hosted with Life of Dad for a chance to win $500! And don’t forget to join our #ShroomTember Twitter Party on September 23 for a chance to snag even more great prizes.

 

5 Mushroom-Packed Make Ahead Meals for Back-to-School Season

By Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe

Most people love the idea of cooking on Sunday for the week ahead. But usually the meals that come to mind resemble lasagna pan Tetris, with pieces of various shapes getting chiseled off throughout the week. It’s sometimes hard to think of healthy options beyond creamy, meaty casseroles.

Even though most of us aren’t lucky enough to be returning from summer camp, back-to-school season still marks a new beginning of sorts, as our schedules pick up again and we have to return to our daily rituals. While leaving the office at 1pm on Fridays during the summer to soak in the sun by the pool might have made cooking and entertaining a breeze, now that it’s back to business, we could all use a little help saving time in the kitchen with meals that are healthy to prepare – and mushrooms make it easy.

Here are some of my favorite mushroom-filled ideas for dishes you can make for the busy workweek ahead.

–Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe

 

1. Mushroom Hot & Sour Soup – a great vegetarian, gluten-free spin on the Chinese takeout classic.

2. Wild Mushroom Risotto – a big batch of this hearty grain will keep you satisfied all week long. Simply add a little stock to reheat and enjoy the second time around.

3. Kale Salad with Cremini Mushrooms and Lemon Vinaigrette – kale is one of the few greens that can be pre-dressed and still last for a few days in the fridge without spoiling.

4. Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Romesco Sauce – portabellas can be grilled or baked at the beginning of the week and quickly thrown together in these sandwiches for a last minute lunchbox or dinner option.

5. Mushroom Tacos with Mexican Brown Rice – both the mushrooms and the rice are great make-ahead fillings to have in the fridge for an impromptu taco night.