Valentine’s Day Meal Planning: Mushrooms on the Menu

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you may be considering your romantic options for dining out or crafting that special meal at home. A homemade meal made with love is a simple and surefire way to show your sweetheart or the entire family just how much you care.

With so many sources of recipe inspiration from Pinterest to magazines, the best way to launch into a plan is a focus on one key ingredient, such as mushrooms.  Whether it’s breakfast, dinner or anything in between, there is always a place for mushrooms.  Get inspired with the recipes below, make a quick trip to the grocery store, and you’ll be set for a delicious Valentine’s feast at home.

Breakfast

There are few things better than waking up to a home cooked meal. Whether it’s the entire family gathered around the table or a breakfast in bed treat, an Egg White Frittata with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Spinach and Goat Cheese is the perfect blend of loving ingredients to start the day off on the right foot.

Egg White Frittata with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Spinach and Goat Cheese

Lunch

If you’ve ever seen Lady and The Tramp, then you know pasta is the meal of love.  Tossed with a few mushrooms, peas and a walnut tarragon pesto, it’s perfect for a mid-day picnic (even if it has to be indoors).

Farfalle with Walnut-Tarragon Pesto, Crimini Mushrooms and Peas

Dinner

If dinner is the main event, you can whip up a gourmet meal in no time with a Creamy Dreamy Mushroom Polenta that will make it appear like you spent hours in the kitchen.

 Creamy Polenta with Mushroom Sauce

The mushroom inspiration never ends here.  Take a look at our “Mushrooms for your Sweetheart” Pinterest board and start putting the grocery list together now.   If you would prefer dining out, you can still enjoy mushrooms on your plate! Check the dining out section of our website to see what restaurants are serving mushrooms in everything from pizza to lettuce wraps.

What are you whipping up this Valentine’s Day?

I Heart Mushrooms Breakfast Pizza

Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen puts an extra ounce of love into her morning routine with a mushroom rich breakfast pizza that will have you dreaming as soon as you hit the pillow.

I once had a friend tell me that he couldn’t wait to go to bed at night, because it meant he’d get a cup of coffee in the morning. He’d slide his feet into the sheets of his bed, then just breathe in the air, knowing that the next time he awoke, that same breath would suck in the smells of coffee.

Waking up in the morning is one of the finest wonders of this life, so long as there is something worth looking forward to. It’s easy to get in a rut with the mornings. Same breakfasts. Same routine. Is it any wonder some of us rue Mondays?

To inspire a little more love in your mornings, here is a recipe idea that will take your traditional breakfast blah’s over the top into La La Love Land! It’s a breakfast pizza, rich with mushrooms, bacon, and a perfectly soft-cooked egg, topped with creamy cheese.

Mushrooms are such a beautiful, satisfying way to start your day. They offer a savory, filling satisfaction to the morning meal, while pairing beautifully with all your favorite breakfast flavors. Mushrooms and bacon? Yes. Mushrooms and eggs? Yes. Mushrooms and cheese? Yes, yes, and double yes. Put them all together? We’ll take two and call you in the morning. Then, we’ll start it all over again!

If you’re looking for a deliciously wonderful way to go to bed with something to look forward to, put mushrooms on your menu! Better yet, put mushrooms on your breakfast pizza and start any day (and every day!) off right!

Dig in, bite big, and remember why you love the morning!

Mushrooms Breakfast Pizza by Cheeky Kitchen

I HEART MUSHROOMS Breakfast Pizza

This simple recipe is the perfect answer for breakfast on any morning! It’s quick, filling, and tastes delicious. Better yet, it’s fancy enough for a weekend brunch, or easy enough to toss together on those busy school mornings. If you’re looking for a fun twist on traditional breakfasts, try this recipe and prepare to gain a new favorite!

Makes 2 Pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup smoked mozzarella, swiss, or gouda cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons bacon bits
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley or thyme

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll pizza dough and cut into two large heart shapes with a sharp knife. Discard remaining dough (or simple slice the dough into four pieces and double the pizza ingredients in this recipe to make four personal-sized pizzas). Roll the edges of the pizza up to make a crust.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together cheese, mayonnaise, and red onion. Spread the cheese mixture around the edges of each pizza, leaving an opening in the center of each heart. Crack an egg into the center space where there is no cheese. Sprinkle mushrooms and bacon bits around the edges of the pizza. Bake in preheated oven for 11-14 minutes, just until the whites of the eggs are cooked, but the yolks are still runny.
  3. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top to garnish. Serve and enjoy!

 

 

A Season for Mushroom Love

February is the month of love… Mushroom love, that is. It’s easy to fall head over heels for savory shrooms all year long (especially since they’re always in season).  This February, we’re skipping the chocolate and flowers and dedicating the entire month to an “Ode to Mushrooms.”

It’s hard to pinpoint the best qualities of mushrooms, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of our favorites.

Healthy Comfort

When you think of comfort food, it’s time to start thinking about mushrooms. Whether it’s pizza, a gyro burger or enchiladas, mushrooms are a natural addition to any of your comfort food cravings. Our featured recipe tab of the month and our monthly newsletter are celebrating six comforting mushroom dishes that you don’t want to miss.

Versatility

There’s never a risk of getting used to the same ole’ mushroom dish, when you can choose from shiitake, portabella, cremini, and the list goes on.  Every great love always needs a new spice once in a while and mushrooms are no exception. The variety of mushroom dishes you can find on our Pinterest boards will provide a new flavor experience every night.

Flavor

Their earthy and hearty texture adds substance to meals, while their umami qualities soak up all of the flavors and spices from a dish. Even better they amplify the portion and nutrition of a dish.

Our list of reasons to love mushrooms could go on all day, but we would rather hear from you! What do you love most about mushrooms?

Mushroom and White Bean Tostada

There are some recipes that just make you happy from the inside and out. Kristen from Dine and Dish found joy in this vegetarian Mushroom and White Bean Tostada that will have ardent meat eaters asking for seconds.

There are two foods in this world that could convince me to become a vegetarian: mushrooms and beans. I love both and every time I taste a dish featuring either of these ingredients, I seriously consider giving up my carnivore ways.

As someone who is married to a man who comes from a cattle and pork farming family, I would probably be disowned if I became vegetarian, but dishes like this Mushroom and White Bean Tostada certainly make it all very tempting.

The combination of beans and mushrooms, in the same recipe, makes me very happy. What makes me even happier is a simple and delicious weeknight recipe the whole family will enjoy.

With the big game coming up this Sunday, you could also easily turn this mushroom and white bean tostada into a mini version appetizer, topping tortilla chips with the mushroom/bean mixture instead.

Either way, friends or family will love this meatless version of a filling and tasty tostada.

Enjoy!

Mushroom and White Bean Tostada

Mushroom & White Bean Tostada

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms, cleaned and patted dry
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • 1 15.9 ounce can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese

For the tostada shells:

  • 4-6 flour tortillas, fajita size
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil, butter and mushrooms. Sauté for 5-10 minutes or until mushrooms release their moisture and begin to shrink. Continue cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  2. Add minced garlic, Kosher salt and Great Northern Beans. Stir and cook over medium heat until mixture is heated through.
  3. In the meantime, heat vegetable oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Using tongs, place a flour tortilla in the oil. Fry for 30 seconds or until tortilla turns a light brown. Use tongs to flip the tortilla onto the other side, cooking for 15-30 seconds, until brown. If bubbles form, poke with your tongs to burst. Repeat with remaining tortillas, turning down the heat if the tortillas brown too fast.
  4. Using tongs, carefully remove each tortilla from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain.
  5. To assemble each tostada, place one tortilla on a plate. Top with a handful of lettuce, one spoonful of mushroom and bean mixture and 1 spoonful of diced tomatoes. Finally, sprinkle with Swiss cheese. Serve hot.

Healthy and Flavorful Meals to Keep you Motivated

January is the month that can make or break a new year’s resolution.  Mushroom Council representative, Bart Minor, is sharing his healthy eating progress for 2013 and three recipes to keep you motivated.

Coming out of a busy holiday season filled with endless meals and ample amounts of treats can make you feel sluggish and unmotivated – making it very hard to achieve your goals. Whether it’s exercising more or making small changes in your diet, taking the time to build a healthy habit is crucial during the first few weeks of your resolutions. In fact, the majority of New Year’s resolutions are broken within the first two weeks.

On the 25th day of my healthy eating new year’s resolution  I can say with pride and confidence that I feel much healthier (not to mention 15lbs lighter). It is this healthy endurance that is keeping me motivated. I’ve also discovered that just because something is healthy, doesn’t mean it’s flavorless.

Here are three mushroom recipes that I have recently re-discovered in our recipe database that pack both a nutritional and flavorful punch.

Mushroom Barley Risotto
Surprise taste buds by lightening up traditional risotto. Mushrooms, barley and basil combine in this hearty, vegetarian dish.

Quick Chicken and Mushroom Indian Curry
Chicken and mushrooms combine with Indian Curry spices in this quick, healthy & flavorful dinner recipe.

Mushroom Bassar: White Button Mushrooms in Onion Chile Sauce (Food service quantity)

“Loosely translated Bassar means with lots of onions.  Here I have given you a basic Bassar sauce recipe and finished it with a mélange of mushrooms.  Serve it with Basmati rice or Indian flatbreads.” ~ Chef Neela Paniz

What are some of your healthy yet flavorful recipes?