Not too long ago, my husband was concerned I had bought too many mushrooms.
“They were on clearance!” I told him.
He wondered how we were going to consume ten bags (just less than one pound each) of mushrooms before they mutated into slime. I stepped up to the challenge, and without effort pulled it off with days to spare! Mushrooms are my magic. I throw them in soup, add them to sauce, stuff them, saute them, toss them in salad, chop them and add them to hamburgers.
Call it preparation if you will. This month, March, The Mushroom Council, a group of U.S. mushroom growers, is celebrating National Nutrition Month as the perfect time to “get your place in shape” with mushrooms. Such delicious fun!
During the summer, we tend to BBQ burgers a lot. They are The Divine Miss M and her dad’s favorite summertime meal. They are also heavy and who wants that in the summer? Meet the mushroom’s amazing “swapability”. I use a food processor to finely chop mushrooms and then add it to the ground beef. It works because mushrooms have a hearty texture and rich flavor that blends seamlessly with meats. I love it because it swaps out some of the higher calories for lower calories, reduces fat and sodium and in no way does it compromise flavor. It leaves us full and satisfied and is an economical way to make our meals more nutrition. Try this technique with lasagna, tacos or chili too!
Here’s how easy it is to implement “swapability”:
o Chop up your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground beef or turkey;
o Cook and season mushrooms the same way you would meat;
o Combine the cooked meat and mushrooms and use the mix to complete your recipe.
Here’s some fun facts about the mighty mushroom:
· Mushrooms are the only fresh fruit or vegetable with vitamin D
· Within the produce aisle, mushrooms are a leading source of the antioxidants selenium and ergothioneine; these antioxidants help maintain a healthy immune system
· Mushrooms provide B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid; B vitamins help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates
Looking for some new recipes? Try one of these:
Mushroom Burger Wrap
Join the fun with a Twitter party on Monday, March 12th at 8:00 PM EST. The event hashtag is #Mushrooms and there will be prizes awarded. (US and Canada, 18+). RSVP is available here.
*This post is brought to you by Global Influence and The Mushroom Council. Recipes provided by the sponsor. All opinions, where expressed are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experiences may vary.