With the frigid winter weather raging on, many seek out the cozy feeling that only childhood favorites can provide. If warming up with homemade creations on a brisk day is the plan, turning to mushrooms to counterbalance the decadence of traditional comfort foods can be an easy swap that goes far for your health.
We have long been fans of blending finely chopped mushrooms and replacing a portion of ground meat in order to add flavor while increasing nutritional value. Registered Dietician Frances Largeman-Roth, contributor at Cooking Light magazine, joined hosts Tamron Hall and Willie Geist on the TODAY Show this week for a segment demonstrating how a traditional favorite can become more nutritionally diverse. Sourcing an original recipe from Cooking Light Magazine, Frances demonstrated how replacing half of the beef in a traditional meatloaf recipe, with finely chopped cremini mushrooms, adds a savory and earthy flavor to the meatloaf while slashing overall calories. Due to the nutritional benefits, this twist in the recipe takes a traditional meatloaf from “occasional family favorite” to “my family’s go-to dinner.”
For more inspiration on how to reap the health benefits of blended, heart-healthy traditional foods look no further! Below are a few of our favorite recipes:
- Mushroom Meatball Sliders
- Meatloaves with Mushroom Sauce
- Andouille Sausage, Mushroom and Sun-Dried Tomato Naan Pizza
Which family favorites do you find yourself coming back to?