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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!

Seven-Minute Spring Ramen Bowl

Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen shares an updated veggie-filled version of a college staple, without losing the college budget. 

 Seven-Minute Spring Mushroom Ramen Bowl by Cheeky Kitchen

Are you on the search for something quick, fresh, and healthy? We’ve got you covered! This quick and simple ramen bowl uses budget-friendly packets of premade ramen, tosses them with on-sale, in-season veggies (Bonus tip: mushrooms are always in season), and serves itself up quick, for just about $1 per bowl. Now, that is one dinner you need in your life every day!

I’ve been delighted (and slightly obsessed) with the mealtime wonder that is packet of ramen. Like a blank canvas, it’s the perfect way to start tons of quick meals, and the best part is…it costs just pennies per serving!

If you’ve always thought of ramen as a cheap college eat, it’s time to rethink this affordable, accessible mealtime starter! This easy recipe will have you happily slurping down noodles and perfectly steamed mushrooms, asparagus, and a simple poached egg in just seven minutes!

Seven-Minute Spring Ramen Bowl

Start with premade Udon noodles or packets of ramen. Both options will yield a bowl of warm, light soup in seven minutes flat.

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet ramen, chicken flavored
  • ½ cup asparagus spears, cut to 3” length
  • 1 ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 ½  tablespoon sesame, avocado, or olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon scallions
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro

Directions:
1. In a medium pot, cook ramen according to package directions. One minute before ramen is done, toss asparagus spears in to the pot. Transfer to two bowls. Add mushrooms and oil to the pot. Turn stove burner to medium-high heat. Spread mushrooms flat on the bottom of the pot, sprinkle with lemon pepper, and cook until golden brown. Transfer mushrooms to soup bowl.

2. Add 2 cups of water to pot. Bring to a boil. Add vinegar to boiling water, then gently crack one egg on each side of the pot. Immediately turn off burner, but leave the pot on the hot burner.

3. Use a fork to gently pull the eggs whites toward the center of your egg, giving it a nice round shape. Allow eggs to sit in hot water for 4 minutes, then use a large slotted spoon to gently remove and place one egg on top of each ramen bowl. Garnish bowls with chopped scallions and cilantro. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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!

Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

Chez Us adds a bit of summer spice to the winter blues with this recipe for Chipotle Mushroom Tacos, just in time  for Taco Tuesday. 

Chipotle Mushroom Tacos by Chez Us

I am always thinking forward about how to incorporate more vegetables into our everyday meals with less emphasis on using meat.  One ingredient that I turn to time and time again is the mushroom as I like to think of it as the “other” meat when working with a recipe.  Besides being hearty, mushrooms are fat-free, cholesterol free and are a rich source of vitamin B.  What more could you ask for?

For this recipe, I replaced the meat by using finely chopped crimini mushrooms, which was seasoned with smoky chipotle peppers and adobo sauce.  Add some texture, I added slices of portobella and crimini mushrooms along with thinly sliced yellow onion.  The earthiness of the mushrooms mingles really well with the smoky chipotle.  The mushroom mixture is so flavorful, that the only extra ingredients this taco recipe needs are a little cilantro and feta.  The cilantro is cooling, and the feta is slightly tangy, which is outrageous with chipotle!

Recipe:  Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 10 medium crimini mushrooms
  • 1 large portobella mushroom
  • 2 large canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from the peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • corn tortillas
  • cilantro
  • feta cheese
  • salsa

Directions:

  1. Pour the olive oil into a large frying pan and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, stir and lower the heat.  Continue cooking the onion until soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cut half of the crimini and portobella mushrooms into slices.
  4. Using a food processor, chop the remaining crimini mushrooms and set aside.
  5. Add the garlic, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to the onion mixture.  Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the mushroom slices, stir and continue cooking over low heat for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the chopped mushrooms, stir and cook for another 4 minutes.  Season to taste with salt.
  8. To serve, place some of the mushroom mixture onto a tortilla, and top with some cilantro and feta.  You can also add some salsa for a little more flavor and texture.

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!