Three Ways to Use Mushrooms in Your Recipes

· June 30, 2018

In this article, you can learn how to use in your recipes to make delicious and practical dishes.

Mushrooms are one of the juiciest and most delicious foods of Mediterranean cuisine. These fungi give food a very pleasant taste and create contrasting textures. For many years, they’ve have been considered a luxury ingredient in international cuisine.  Nowadays, they are key foods in a balanced diet.

In addition to not having a lot of calories, edible mushrooms offer several health benefits since they’re an excellent source of vegetable protein.

Nutritional Properties of Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Mushrooms have a unique flavor and texture. They were classically used as an alternative protein source in vegetarian diets. You can find several kinds of low-priced mushrooms at the market, and they usually can be found almost year round since they’re easy to grow.

Mushrooms are rich in antioxidant vitamins such as A, C, D, and E, as well as fiber and vegetable protein. They also have a lot of minerals such as magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, iodine, potassium, calcium, and zinc. The following tips will teach you how to use them in recipes that are part of a healthy and tasty balanced diet.

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3 Ways to Use Mushrooms in Your Recipes

Mushrooms are very versatile foods that be used in hundreds of recipes. They can be combined with vegetables, cereals, meats, dairy products, flour, among others. When adding them into your recipes, take advantage of their softness to add different textures to your dishes.

  1. Mushroom and Spinach RisottoMushroom and Spinach Risotto

Risotto is one of the most classic and versatile dishes, especially in Italian cuisine. In order to cook a delicious risotto, you only need rice, broth (or wine), and a lot of creativity. The mushrooms, cream, and dairy products (especially the cheese and butter) make this dish really creamy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rice (200 g).
  • 1 small onion (30 g).
  • Salt and pepper (to taste).
  • Dry white wine (to taste).
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (15 g)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil (45 g).
  • 1 package of spinach leaves (500 g).
  • 1 can of vegetable broth (200 ml).
  • 10 large mushrooms (200 g).

Instructions

  • First, sauté the onion with the olive oil until golden brown.
  • Then, add the rice. Keep on mixing to prevent the ingredients from burning.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Gradually add the white wine and let it evaporate for 5 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable broth and let the rice cook.
  • In another pot, sauté the mushrooms and chopped spinach in a tablespoon of olive oil over high heat.
  • Add the already cooked rice and two tablespoons of butter.
  • Finally, serve with Parmesan cheese (or whatever cheese you like) and enjoy.
  1. Creamy Mushroom Soup

This creamy mushroom soup is a practical and healthy recipe that’ll please your palate.

Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper (to taste).
  • Dry white wine (to taste).
  • 1 can of mushrooms (300 g).
  • ½ a finely chopped leek (50 g).
  • 1 can of vegetable broth (300 ml).
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (30 g).
  • 3 tablespoons of light cream cheese (45 g).

Instructions

  • Preheat a frying pan with a little olive oil over low heat.
  • Once hot, sauté the chopped leek and whole mushrooms until they’re cooked (about 3 minutes). You can add two tablespoons of dry white wine.
  • Blend the sautéed mushrooms and leeks with the vegetable broth and light cream cheese.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the creamy soup with whatever garnish you like (like delicious whole wheat toast).

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  1. Whole-grain Pasta with Mushrooms and Cherry TomatoesPasta with cherry tomatoes

Pasta is a winner in the kitchen due to its excellent ability to combine several ingredients and flavors. Here’s a whole-grain pasta recipe that will surely surprise your friends and family.

Ingredients

  • Grated cheese (to taste).
  • 1 can of mushrooms (200 g).
  • 1 can of cherry tomatoes (150 g).
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil (60 g).
  • 1 small finely chopped onion (30 g).
  • Salt and pepper (to taste).
  • 1 ½ package of whole-grain pasta (300 g).
  • Several fresh basil leaves (to garnish).

Instructions

  • Boil the water you’re going to use to cook the pasta.
  • Then, sauté the mushrooms and onion in a frying pan over high heat.
  • After the mushrooms and onions turn golden brown, add the cherry tomatoes and remove from the heat.
  • The whole-grain pasta will be cooked by now. Pour the sautéed cherry tomatoes, onion, and mushrooms on top and stir.
  • Serve with grated cheese and enjoy.