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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.

 

Easy Chicken and Mushrooms

We’re all crazy busy. I know I can never have too many recipes that I can make in 30 minutes or less to help me get dinner on the table during the week. This is an easy everyday chicken and mushroom recipe that fits that bill. It is one that I’m sure you’ll be turning to time and time again.

Because we’re using chicken tenders the chicken cooks up in a flash. You could absolutely use a chicken thigh just know that it will have to cook much longer. The sauce is the kicker. Mushrooms swimming in a white wine and stock sauce with a squeeze of lemon to give it a little extra zing.

Add a side of fresh vegetables and you’re all set.

 

Easy Chicken and Mushrooms

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • 1 1/4 pound chicken breast tenders
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter – divided
  • 8 ounces small button mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • fresh parsley to garnish

Directions:

  1. Place flour into a shallow bowl. Season with salt/pepper. Lightly dredge chicken into flour covering both sides. Shake excess flour off. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet with oil and 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Brown chicken 3-5 minutes each side (depending on the thickness). Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add remaining butter to pan. Add mushrooms. Cook for approximately 5 minutes until slightly softened. Add wine, chicken broth and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Return chicken to pan. Reduce heat to low and cook until sauce thickens.
  5. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Mushroom and Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking makes weeknight dinner prep look easy with a rich mushroom and chicken blend pasta ready in 20 minutes or less.

It’s Mushroom Month and I am pretty pumped about it.  Since becoming obsessed with mushrooms a few years back during culinary school, well, I can’t be stopped. It’s always time for mushrooms and this Mushroom and Chicken Parmesan Pasta is the perfect weeknight meal!

Finely diced mushrooms are mixed with ground chicken to make for a totally easy and filling meal that will rock your world!! Plus the combination of meat and mushrooms is bumping up your protein and vegetable intake, so it’s really a win-win situation!

Meat + Mushrooms + a whole lotta pasta! You guys are absolutely going to love this one.

 

Mushroom and Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces dry spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound crimini or baby bella mushrooms, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Add the garlic, chicken, salt, and pepper and cook until the chicken is fully done.
  4. Spoon off and discard any fat. Add the tomatoes and their juices and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and stir in half of the Parmesan. Simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes
  6. Add the sauce to the pasta and toss. Divide among plates and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and the chives.

Mushrooms Make Back to School Time Trendy

Summer is quickly coming to an end and “back to school” time is in full swing. While the kids might be thinking about the latest trends in clothing and back to school gear, you might be thinking about what they’ll be eating for lunch. Council Representative, Kathleen Preis, tells us how the simple mushroom is making lunch menus across the country not only tasty this school year, but trendy.

Spicy Meatballs. Philly Cheese “Steak” Sandwiches. Chili con Carne. Sounds like the menu at a gourmet restaurant, while in reality this is what your kids could be dining on this school year. That’s right; all these trendy foods have made their way to school lunch trays across the nation, all because of mushrooms.

School Foodservice Directors everywhere have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new blendability concept – blending finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat – and have created healthier and trendier menu items for their school lunch programs.  “Mushrooms are on trend – the coolest thing to eat… We need to be on trend, we need to be serving those foods and meals that have a trendy buzz about them,” says Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, an award-winning child nutrition expert. And those buzz worthy, trendy menu items will have kids gobbling up their serving of vegetables!

So when your kids come home from school this year saying how much they loved that turkey burger with cheese and bacon, don’t fret; thanks to mushroom blendability you can be sure they ate their veggies as well!

Mushroom and Chicken Quesadillas

Robyn from Add a Pinch shares a cheesy-good mushroom quesadilla recipe perfect for a quick after school snack or dinner for the family.

Being able to make a nutritious, delicious meal is always a priority and now with busy back-to-school schedules kicking up, making those meals quickly becomes important as well.

This easy mushroom and chicken quesadilla recipe is one that the whole family will enjoy, making it a win-win for busy weeknights! I like to cook the chicken ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for use throughout the week in recipes like this one. However, you can easily just omit the chicken, if you prefer, for a fast and fabulous mushroom quesadilla!

Here’s this simple Mushroom and Chicken Quesadilla Recipe. I think your family will love it!

 

Mushroom and Chicken Quesadilla

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pint sliced Portabella mushrooms
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cooked chicken breast, sliced
  • 4 (10-inch) corn or flour tortilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1 (10-ounce) package pepper jack or mozzarella cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. Drizzle olive oil into a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, onion, and chicken and sauté until chicken is heated through and mushrooms and onions have become tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove ingredients from skillet and pour into a bowl for use in preparing quesadillas. Carefully wipe out skillet with a towel.
  4. Add butter or olive oil to skillet, over medium heat.
  5. Add one tortilla to the skillet, top with one-fourth of the following: cheese, mushroom, onion and chicken mixture.
  6. Cook until cheese begins to melt and tortilla begins to brown on the underside.
  7. Fold tortilla over to close. Remove from skillet and serve warm.