Meatless Monday: Mushroom Madness

Exotic MushroomsMushrooms can be a bit of an intimidating ingredient. I remember as a kid, my scientist mother told me that that they’re actually an “edible fungi” and that yes, I am supposed to eat them despite my knee-jerk reaction. “But don’t eat all of them,” she warned, “because certain varieties, like the ones in the park, could be poisonous.” Wait, what? Poisonous?! Talk about being confused from a young age!


Don’t recognize the exotic varieties (pictured, left)? Click here to get the scoop on each one plus how to cook with it.


These days though, I am a true believer in the magic of mushrooms–no, not that kind of magic–I’m talking about their ability to provide tons of flavor and enhance the other foods that they’re paired with. Don’t believe me? Well, it’s science! Mushrooms are high in glutamate, (an amino acid), making them the king of “umami,” that fifth hard-to-describe savory taste also found in aged cheeses, soy sauce and cured meats.


So what does this have to do with Meatless Monday? When you’re looking for a vegetarian recipe that will satisfy every palate, reach for mushrooms! With their distinctive texture and flavor boosting powers, you won’t even notice that the meal is missing meat! (Plus, by going for mushrooms, you can even save a couple bucks compared to buying meat and calories!) Check out some of our favorite meatless mushrooms recipes below!


Tuscan Risotto with Walnuts & Mushrooms recipe

Tuscan Risotto with Walnuts & Mushrooms

This 30-Minute Meal from Rachael Ray features porcini mushrooms and is great when you’re looking for a comforting bowl of rich and luxurious risotto. Plus, it’s as easy as making a bowl of steamed rice!

Mushroom, Ancho & Black Bean Chili recipe

Mushroom, Ancho & Black Bean Chili

This hearty 30-Minute Meal features cremini or your choice of mixed mushrooms and is delicious topped with shredded cheese, pickled jalapeno chile peppers and crushed tortilla chips! Make a large batch on the weekend and you’ll have lunch all weeklong!

Mushroom and Garlic Pizza

Mushrooms and Garlic Pizza

This simple pizza features shiitake and white mushrooms. Make prep time even faster on busy weeknights by substituting a store-bought crust. Then, once you’ve memorized the easy recipe, experiment by using different combinations of mushrooms and cheese and adding on some of your other favorite ingredients! My personal favorite? Cracking an egg on top and letting it bake slowly!

Mushroom & Egg Toasts

Mushrooms & Egg Toasts

Mushrooms are great any time of the day! Try them for B, L or D–breakfast, lunch or dinner–with these tasty toasts. Once you master this basic sauté, get creative and add in your own mix-ins like cheese or avocado.








What’s YOUR favorite mushrooms? Tell us below in the comments!







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