A Launch into 2013

A Launch into 2013

The celebrations of the holidays are over and the kids are back in school, the work schedule resumes and New Year’s goals are on the mind, there is still the daily question of, “what’s for dinner?”

Short of coming into your kitchen and cooking for you, the Mushroom Channel strives to provide healthy, delectable and inventive meals that brings the family to the table.

Whether mushrooms are the star of the meal or a nutritious addition in a recipe, we try to capture as much variety as possible through recipes, and inspiration through Pinterest and Facebook.

Here’s a glimpse of what we have in store for 2013 – the fun is just beginning!

New Pinterest Boards

Two new recipe boards have made their debut to share mushroom inspiration. For the dining out crowd, we’re featuring restaurants where you can find “Mushrooms on the Menu” in well-known chains as well as a few local gems.

Mushroom on the Menu
 

It’s never too early to start thinking about your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day! Take a look at our “Mushrooms for your Sweetheart” board filled with comforting and gourmet dishes perfect for a home cooked meal that shows you care.

Monthly Recipe Tab and Newsletter

Every month on Facebook and our main recipe section we’re sharing six recipes focused on a new theme every month. Don’t miss a single update – sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll send these recipes straight to your inbox the first day of every month.

Start the new year with our six featured super food recipes, perfect for a healthy start to the year.  Cherry Portabella Stuffed Pork chops anyone?

Cherry Portabella Stuffed Pork Chops

This is only the beginning of the fun we have in store for 2013, so be sure to stick around for a mushroom filled journey!

Creamy Polenta with Mushroom Sauce

Paula from Bell’alimento is ready for a cold winter, as long as she has this Creamy Dreamy Polenta with Mushroom Sauce by her side. Try it with your family for a comforting winter meal.

Cold weather means comfort food rules. In every household, comfort food means something different. To me it equals casseroles, soups and big cups of creamy dreamy polenta. My topping of choice for that creamy dreamy polenta is, of course, mushrooms. A combination of both white button and baby bellas are cooked simply and quickly and then place a top the polenta.  It’s stick to your ribs good. Have a small cup for lunch or a big bowl for dinner.

If you happen to have any leftover place it into a shallow baking dish refrigerate, cut it into small portions and then give it a quick fry in the pan the next day! There are few things better than two meals for the price of one.

Creamy Polenta with Mushroom Sauce

Creamy Polenta with Mushroom Sauce
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 cups polenta
5 cups vegetable stock
salt/pepper
¼ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces button mushrooms – stems removed, quartered
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms – stems removed, quartered
2 cloves garlic – minced
2 tablespoons roughly chopped flat leaf Italian parsley

Instructions:

  1. In a heavy bottom sauce pan bring stock to a boil. Add salt. Gradually and slowly whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking until polenta thickens. Stir with a wooden spoon as necessary. Once the polenta is cooked through, stir in Parmigiano.
  2. While the polenta is cooking, heat oil over medium-heat in a medium sauté pan. When pan is hot add in the mushrooms and cook until done. Add garlic and parsley. Stir to combine.
  3. Transfer polenta to serving dish, and top with the mushroom mixture.
  4. Serve immediately.

Simple Dishes with Super Ingredients: A Toast to 2013

A New Year is upon us, and when it comes to stocking up the kitchen with healthy ingredients, discovering the right balance between time, taste and health can make the weekly shopping list a challenge.  Luckily, there is a secret to success this New Year, and it starts with superfoods.

When a meal starts with mushrooms you’re already off to a great start, but you don’t want to risk your family getting tired of mushrooms served in the same way every week. That’s where the entire spectrum of superfoods comes into play. With a few delicious ingredients you can have a new meal every week, full of flavor and nutrients. This month we’re celebrating superfood meals on Facebook and our featured recipe tab, but the recipe collection doesn’t have to end there. Officially launching this January is our monthly newsletter, which will feature new recipes every month, so that you can keep a variety of mushroom dishes on your table all year long.  Here is a glimpse into a few of the featured recipes to kick off January!

Baja Salmon with Mushrooms

Baja Salmon with Mushrooms

There are so many different ways to prepare salmon, but we’re slightly partial to this method that incorporates mushrooms directly into the dish, with a bit of California flair.

Mushroom and Chicken Quinoa with Chiles

Mushroom and Chicken Quinoa with Chiles

Quinoa is a healthy protein, similar in texture to barley and other well-known grains, which can be cooked up in less than 30 minutes. Paired with hearty ingredients, like chicken and mushrooms, it’s the perfect weeknight meal, with leftovers for lunch the next day.

For more meal ideas throughout the year, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here.

Cheers to a delicious 2013!

New Year, New You? How to Hang Onto Your New Year’s Resolve

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D. demonstrates that achieving a healthy New Year goes beyond setting resolutions.

Healthy Eating in 2013 with Mushrooms

It happens time and again: your intentions to avoid favorite foods and to exercise more in the name of good health are quickly derailed in the first few weeks, or even days, of the New Year.  Nobody knows for sure why nearly all New Year’s health resolutions fail, but here are some possible explanations, and solutions:

• Taking the all-or-nothing approach. Most nutrition experts, including this one, will advise that eliminating all the foods you love is a recipe for disaster, as is planning to exercise every day after not doing much for months, or even years. Nearly all foods, including chocolate, chips, and wine, fit into a balanced diet. Portion sizes are what matter most. Mushrooms are the perfect ingredient to extend the portion sizes of the food you love, without added guilt.

• Setting lofty goals. So you want to eat healthy? That’s admirable. It’s also a tall order and probably unachievable. Why? Because the goal is too lofty. Break down bigger goals into smaller, more tangible tasks to help improve your health habits.  For example, try adding a serving of whole grains, such as whole wheat pasta or quinoa, or more vegetables, like mushrooms, asparagus, or carrots to your daily eating pattern. It’s also perfectly reasonable to move around all day long rather than expect yourself to attend daily workout classes, or to run or swim every day. Use a pedometer to tally your daily movement, and write down the results of your exercise efforts.  Seeing your achievements in black and white can boost your motivation.

• Underestimating the mental energy required for change. Are you really ready to make big changes in your life? Maybe not right now, and that’s OK. After all, it takes much less mental energy to grab an oversized bagel with cream cheese every day for breakfast than it does to adopt a new behavior, such sitting down to eat whole grain cereal with low fat milk and fruit in the morning or whipping up a quick mushroom and egg breakfast. You can make small stabs at more mindful eating, however.  For example, shop on a regular basis for ingredients to have on hand for healthier meals.

• Trying to tackle too much too soon.  You want to turn over a new leaf, but the more resolutions you make, the harder it is to achieve any of them.  That’s because you only have so much energy, and doing anything you don’t want to do saps your limited reserve of “willpower.” Willpower tends to buckle under challenging conditions, including fatigue, lack of time and feeling overwhelmed. The good news is that willpower is a lot like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets.

 

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

 

Your New Year’s Resolution Should Include Mushrooms

In honor of the holiday season coming to a close, Mushroom Council representative, Bart Minor, shares his holiday experience and how your 2013 New Year’s resolutions can include mushrooms.

With multiple parties to attend and plenty of food to indulge in, my holiday season is always a busy and filling one. The holidays are the ideal time to enjoy large dinners, desserts, and plenty of drinks, but once the New Year arrives, so does the realization that holiday eating habits have to change.

I make the same new year’s resolution every year – continue to enjoy food, but in moderation. That means less cola and more water, less high calorie foods and more nutrient dense foods, and of course less meat and more veggies. Including fresh mushrooms in your everyday meals is a great way to expand your meals, boost nutrient intake, and enjoy a serving of vegetables.

Swapability Recipes

Here are three ways my New Year will include mushrooms:
1. Introduce Meatless Monday into my household – mushrooms are the perfect meaty partner!
2. Start using swapability to its full potential. Mushrooms can help bulk up my portion sizes while keeping calories, fat and sodium in check.
3. Enjoy a snack that is not salty or sweet. Mushrooms make a great alternative to chips & dip.

How will you include mushrooms in 2013?