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Savory Mushroom Tart

Brooke from Cheeky Kitchen shares a mushroom meal makeover that puts a spin on “fast food” with her savory mushroom tart. 

 Savory Mushroom Tart by Cheeky Kitchen

I find the beginning and the end of most days to be about the same. I’m tired. The kids are tired. I’m hungry. The kids are hungry. And the last thing I want to do is fire up the stove and start preparing a three-course meal that will satiate our growling bellies.  So, instead (far too many times) I get lazy. Toss the people in the car and grab something quick.

When I conjured this idea for a Savory Mushroom Tart, I wondered if I could actually get away with it. This is one lazy recipe. Just chop up mushrooms, toss in a teaspoon of ready-chopped garlic (I used the pre-chopped stuff that you can keep in the fridge), a smidgen of cheese, and bake it all between a pillows of ready-made pie dough. The results? An incredibly delicious meal that is perfect for breakfast or dinner. It’s completely meatless, and popping with so much delicious flavor, even kids will be asking for seconds!

Looking for a way to feed your family right—even on those nights when you don’t feel like cooking? Pull together these fun and yummy Savory Mushroom Tarts and see just how easy it easy to make real fast food!

Savory Mushroom Tart

This recipe required no precooking of the mushrooms! Just chop, stir, and bake. Try serving these savory tarts alongside eggs for breakfast or brunch, or make them for dinner and serve them with a big, green salad. Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup finely chopped baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup gouda, parmesan, or swiss cheese, grated
  • ½ teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust dough
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together mushrooms, garlic, gouda, thyme, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Unroll pie crusts, cut off the outer edges of each round to create a large square. Cut the square in half, and then slice each half into two rectangles, where one rectangle is slightly smaller than the other. Place the smaller rectangles on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Spoon the mushroom mixture in a mound on top of each of the smaller rectangles of dough. Place the larger rectangles over the mushroom mixture, and use a fork to press the edges of the top and the bottom pie dough pieces together. If desired, use a knife to cut teardrop “leaves” out of the extra pie dough pieces. Brush the top of each mushroom tart with a bit of beaten egg, press leaves on top of each tart (if desired), brush again with beaten egg and bake in oven for 15-18 minutes, or just until the tarts are golden brown. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Meatless Monday Inspires Young Chefs

Meatless Monday is a simple phrase that has become a source of inspiration for families across the country, even the youngest members. In coordination with the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) several budding young chefs participated in the 2013 C-Cap Meatless Monday Chili Recipe Contest. C-Cap provides undeserved youth interested in the culinary field the opportunity to achieve scholarships and education that will set the stage for successful career growth. The contest created a window of opportunity for high school seniors to put their creativity to the test, while gaining a stronger knowledge of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes.

Kung Pao Chili - Winning Recipe

After all was said and done, seven finalists were selected to present their chili dishes to a group of supreme judges in the field of food and nutrition.  While it was a tough competition of smoky flavors and robust vegetable assortments, the top honors went to Lucila Flores and her Kung Pao Chili. Along with adding this culinary success to her name, Lucila is the proud recipient of a $5,000 scholarship.

The chili brought together an assortment of six veggies, including hearty mushrooms, and a variety of spices and oils that created a combination the judges simply couldn’t resist. With hearty ingredients such as mushrooms and beans, it’s almost hard to believe it’s meatless.

Luckily, you can enjoy the flavors of the Kung Pao Chili for yourself with the full recipe below. It might just inspire a new set of chefs within your own family.

Bon Appetit.

Kung Pao Chili

By Lucila Flores of John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, California.

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 8 ounces diced onion
  • 8 ounces diced carrot
  • 8 ounces diced zucchini
  • 1 pound trimmed and diced mixed mushrooms
  • 8 ounces diced bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese Five Spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese-style black bean garlic paste
  • 2-4 tablespoons Vietnamese-style chili garlic paste
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained
  • 1 (5-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice with 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved into it

For garnish:

  • 3 ounces coarsely chopped, roasted, salted peanuts
  • 6 sliced green onions
  • 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro leaves

Directions:

  1. In a large pot over medium flame, heat the vegetable and sesame oils. Add the minced garlic and fresh ginger to the oil. Stir until just fragrant, but do not let it burn.
  2. Add the onion, carrot, zucchini, mushrooms and peppers to the pan. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the Chinese Five Spice Powder and continue to cook and stir for 3 minutes more, or until it has become fragrant.
  3. Add the mirin, vinegar, hoisin, black bean and chili pastes to the pan. Stir in the drained beans and water chestnuts. Stir in the orange juice-cornstarch mixture. Simmer, stirring frequently, for about 7-10 minutes, or until the chili has thickened. Garnish with peanuts, green onion and cilantro to preference and enjoy!

 

 

Mushroom Lasagna from Chez Us

Turn your Meatless Monday meal into a comfort food feast with this Mushroom Lasagna recipe from Denise of Chez Us!

I recently had the chance to tag along on a mushroom foraging excursion with an expert from Northern California.  It was fascinating what I learned about my favorite food!  Besides learning that mushrooms are primarily composed of water, I also learned that mushrooms shouldn’t be consumed raw since they contain chitin, a material that needs to be cooked in order to break down and become edible. Also, thanks to their high water content, you don’t need much cooking liquid when preparing mushrooms.

Luckily, mushrooms are also packed with nutrients and vitamins!  They are a great source of B vitamins, especially niacin and riboflavin and happen to be protein powerhouses.  I found it interesting that dried mushrooms have almost as much protein as a piece of veal. I could go on and on, but will save for that for another time!  I mean, you’re probably hungry by now, right?

This mushroom lasagna is my go-to recipe for vegetarian meals.  Since mushrooms are a great source of protein, this recipe is very filling.  I lightly saute a mixture of brown crimini, portobellos and shiitakes with a little olive oil. Thanks to their high water content, there’s no need to add more liquid! Here and there, I’ll add golden chanterelles and oyster mushrooms to the mushroom blend.  I love the meaty texture of the chanterelles mixed with delicate oyster mushrooms.

To balance all of the earthy goodness in this recipe, I use three cheeses: fresh mozzarella, mascarpone and ricotta. I also use an abundance of fresh herbs to round out the flavors. Yes, it is rather decadent, but it is so worth it!  Instead of a traditional red sauce, I use a creamy béchamel.  When béchamel bakes with the three cheeses it makes a delicious, creamy base that mixes perfectly with the earthy mushrooms and fresh herbs.

This recipe takes a bit of time to prepare, but it worth it.  When you take the bubbly lasagna out of the oven, your dinner guests are going to be WOWED from start to finish.   I’ll let you in on a little secret… we prefer this recipe over meat lasagna. It’s THAT good! Try it for yourself and let us know what you think.

Mushroom Lasagna

Mushroom Filling
Note: if omitting chanterelle and oyster mushrooms, use an additional 8 oz. of crimini, portobello, or  a blend of the two.

  • 1 lb. of crimini brown mushrooms
  • 1 lb. portobello mushrooms
  • 4 ounces oyster mushrooms (optional)
  • 4 ounces chanterelle mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 yellow onion, minced finely
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

To make: In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-low, add the onion, stir and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.  Add the garlic, stir, and lower heat to low, cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add all of the mushrooms except the oyster mushrooms.  Stir the mixture and cook over low heat for 12 minutes.  Add the oyster mushrooms (if using), stir and turn off the heat.  Set aside

Cheese Filling

  • ricotta
  • mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh oregano, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of kosher salt and black pepper

To make: In a large mixing bowl add all of the ingredients and stir with a spoon.  Set aside.

Béchamel

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

To make: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat (about a 4) until melted.  Do not let the butter burn.  Add the flour and whisk until smooth.  Continue cooking over low heat until light and golden in color, about 5 minutes.  Add the milk to the butter mixture, slowly, whisking the entire time.  Raise the heat to a medium (about a 6), cook for 5 minutes, whisking the entire time.  Remove from the heat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Lasagna

  • 1pound fresh or dried lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella

To make: Heat oven to 350.  Butter a large glass baking dish.  Ladle a spoonful of béchamel over the bottom of the dish and spread about.  Cover the bottom of the dish with some of the pasta.  Smooth a third of the cheese filling over the pasta, add a third of the mushroom mixture, and then ladle 1/3 of the béchamel over the top.  Tear a 1/3 of the mozzarella into small pieces and scatter over the béchamel.  Continue the process;  you should have three layers.  You will have three layers built up with cheese and mushrooms.   Cover the third layer with pasta and pour the remaining of the béchamel over the top of the pasta.  Sprinkle with mozzarella.  Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, until golden and bubbly.  Serve.  Eat.

What’s For Dinner?

Pizza is usually the Achilles’ heel of anyone trying to eat healthier meals, especially pizza with meat toppings. That’s why the next recipe in my mushroom “swapability” cooking adventure (recipes that swap out a portion of meat to make way for more mushrooms) was particularly exciting—a Mushroom Flatbread from registered dietitian Elizabeth Ward.

Remember, the three-step technique for “swapability” is to chop, cook and combine mushrooms into recipes to add an extra serving of veggies to the plate so your meal is tasty and healthy.

Treat yourself tonight by making this lightened-up simple, flavorful and filling pizza.

Mushroom Flatbread Pizza

Recipe for Mushroom Flatbread (serves two)

  • 6 ounces white button mushrooms
  • 6 ounces cremini mushrooms
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 – 12 inch light whole wheat wraps
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  2. Chop mushrooms into ¼-inch pieces.
  3. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add meat and cook, breaking meat into very small bits. Drain. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Remove from pan and reserve.
  4. Add olive oil to skillet. Add mushrooms and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain. Add beef back to pan and combine with mushrooms.
  5. In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, oregano, and basil. Spread the cheese mixture on two 12-inch light whole wheat wraps, dividing evenly. Layer equal amounts of the beef and mushroom mixture on top of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the grated cheese.
  6. Place the pizza directly on the oven rack. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

 

** Tips: ½ cup cottage cheese blended with 1 tablespoon of milk in blender or food processor is a suitable substitute for ricotta cheese. Use fresh herbs like oregano and basil instead of Parmesan cheese and also use reduced fat cheese for a lighter version with less cholesterol, fat and saturated fat. **

And if this “swapability” technique intrigues you and you’re looking for other ingenious ways to eat healthier, then we have two exciting Twitter parties coming up that you’ll want to join. Both are in celebration of National Nutrition Month and should deliver lots of fun tips! Mark these dates on your calendar:

  • March 8, all day: Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion (CNPP) Twitter Day. Join the conversation to engage with different communities and organizations in helping to promote the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, using the hashtag #MyPlateYourPlate on Twitter.
  • March 12, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST: Feed Your Family Well Twitter Party. Use the hashtag #Mushrooms on Twitter to join the conversation about how to serve your family more nutritious meals that they’ll love to eat. Beloved blogger Resourceful Mommy will lead the conversation and author of MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better, Elizabeth Ward, will be dishing out expert advice. You’ll even have the chance to win awesome prizes valued up to $150! 

We look forward to chatting with you there!

Quinoa Mushroom Patties from Hey What’s For Dinner Mom?

Who needs beef when you can eat savory, crispy, filling patties chockfull of hearty quinoa and mushrooms? Laura of Hey What’s For Dinner Mom? has put together Quinoa Mushroom Patties that will surely get added to your Meatless Monday recipe repository!


Quinoa Mushrooms Patties are a tasty protein-packed choice for a Meatless Monday (or everyday vegetarian) dinner or lunch. These patties, bursting with sautéed mushrooms and zucchini, crisp up in a pan in a flash. Try topping them with shredded cheese, pizza sauce or salsa to add exciting flavors to these versatile patties. Keep pre-cooked quinoa on hand to make this meal in a matter of minutes! (Besides, they’re so delicious, you’ll want to prepare them whenever the craving strikes!)

Quinoa Mushroom Patties
Makes 10-16 patties, depending on size

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 zucchini, quartered and slices
  • 8 baby bella mushrooms, cleaned, stem removed and diced
  • 8 white button mushrooms, cleaned, stem removed and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 minced garlic clove or use garlic powder, I do I’m allergic to raw onions and garlic
  • 2 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • oil for frying 1-2 Tablespoons

How to make it:

Heat  butter in a medium skillet until melted, add the zucchini and mushrooms. Saute for 10 minutes, remove from heat and set aside.

Mix the cooled quinoa with the salt, garlic, cilantro, eggs, bread crumbs and the mushrooms and zucchini mixture. Form patties

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2-3 patties to the pan, cook for 6 minutes, or until browned. While cooking, use spatula to press each pattie down.

Flip and brown the other side. Repeat with remaining patties.

Enjoy!