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I am always trying to find healthy new recipes that my family enjoys. We are increasing our intake of fruits and vegetables, reducing meat consumption and trying to boost the nutrition of every meal. Of course, feeding a family of 4 who all have very different preferences when it comes to foods is not always easy. Inevitably, I get some thumbs up and some wrinkled noses at just about every meal I serve. Mushrooms are one of those things that some of us like and others are not so thrilled with so I try to find creative ways to use them in my recipes. Mushrooms are a great way to boost the nutrition of a dish because they are a natural source of vitamins D and B and a rich source of antioxidants to boost your immune system. They are always in season and very inexpensive so mushrooms make a great addition to the menu.
Diced mushrooms are a great way to reduce the amount of meat you use in a dish. They have a hearty texture and earthy flavor that makes them fit right in with many meat dishes. You can often cut back on the amount of ground beef in a dish by replacing some of it with chopped mushrooms. For picky kids, this is a great way to hide them because they blend right in with whatever sauce, vegetables, or grains you are using them with. They are eating nutritious foods and don’t even realize it! You can serve a side dish of sliced mushrooms as a topping for people who want even more mushrooms on their plate.
March is National Nutrition Month and the theme for this year is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” Mushrooms are so easy to work into your daily menu that they are a natural fit for discussion this month. The Mushroom Council has some great information on the website about the versatility of mushrooms and their swapability resource will help you learn how to incorporated them into your diet. Since they are fat-free, low in calories and nutrient-dense you should really check out how to start eating more mushrooms!
Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
There are tons of ways that you can use mushrooms. They are great on salads, make a great meatless topper for pizza, are wonderful in stir fries and there are a number of creative appetizer recipes you can make with them. One of my favorite ways to eat mushrooms is to make these Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms. They are absolutely delicious and made a spicy and filling little snack! If you want some other creative ways to use mushrooms in your kitchen, check out The Mushroom Council on Pinterest. They have some mouth watering recipe ideas you might want to try.
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.