One Food, Four Ways: Mushrooms
Your weekly trip to the grocery store might seem a bit steeper lately due to the average price of groceries increasing. With continued supply chain issues, industry-wide labor shortages, and rising inflation rates the cost of eating at home as risen over 10% in the last year.
One way to help stretch the grocery budget is to eat more plant-based meals. Mushrooms, for example, are not only good for you, but they're good for your wallet too! By leveraging ingredients like beans and tofu as the foundation of your menu, you can save on more expensive meats while reaping the benefits of various vegetables.
To kick things off, here are 4 easy ways to incorporate more mushrooms into your weekly meal planning:
Beef and Mushroom Blended Burgers: Just in time for grilling season - let's talk burgers! If you're not ready to go full plant-based, stretch your beef by embracing the blended burger. Not only do mushrooms have a naturally meaty texture that blends well with beef, they’re the only vegetable that’s a good source of vitamin D. Mushrooms are also rich in antioxidants and have been linked to better brain function, improved bone health, lower cholesterol levels, and a stronger immune system.
Think Meatballs: Meatballs are a crowd-pleaser! Go full vegetarian with Mushroom Lentil "Meatballs" that incorporate the perfect balance of veggies and grains, or try a blended-beef version with Moroccan Beef, Mushroom Kefta Meatballs, Tomato Sauce (perfect in the crockpot for those busy end-of-the-school-year days).
Shrimp, Mushroom, and Butternut Barley Risotto: Mushrooms don't just pair well with beef, they're actually delicious with seafood too. Our recipe for Shrimp, Mushroom, and Butternut Barley Risotto takes earthy and subtlety sweet veggies, lean protein, and adds a sprinkle of sage that will
Mushroom Matar (Indian Mushroom and Pea Curry): Go international! If you read our story from May's Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, you'll remember not all curries are created equal. Vegetarian curries with thick and creamy gravies are common in the cuisine of North India where a rich variety of vegetables is available year round. Our curry is made with soft mushrooms, crisp green peas, plus a ton of aromatics and warm spices and is traditionally served alongside Indian bread, such as roti or naan, or rice.
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