Known as the meat of the vegetable world, edible mushrooms are used extensively in cooking, in many cuisines (notably Chinese, Korean, European, and Japanese). Their fleshy texture is a great way to substitute meats in many dishes. Most mushrooms sold in supermarkets have been commercially grown on mushroom farms. The most popular of these, commonly known as button or white mushroom, is considered safe for most people to eat because it is grown in controlled, sterilized environments. Several varieties of mushrooms exist and complement the type of cooking technique and flavors involved – including whites, crimini, portobello, shiitake, maitake or hen-of-the-woods, oyster, and enoki. You can easily find these at your common grocery story.

Mushroom Barley Risotto
      Mushroom Barley Risotto Serving Size: 4Calories per serving: 366Fat per serving: 11.2gms Filled with the delectable aroma of Shiitake mushrooms and white wine, this risotto is a staple in my house, especially in the fall and winter months. The barley makes it super healthy with its high protein content and complex carbs. Also the Continue Reading
Baked Enoki Boats
Baked Enoki Boats Serving Size: 8 boatsCalories per serving: 36Fat per serving: 3gms This dish is a party favorite of mine, especially with kids around. They love the playful shape of the boats and the noodle-like mushrooms. With a simple preparation that easy to do, you can even involve your kids in helping you make Continue Reading
Mushroom Phyllo Cigars
Mushroom Phyllo Cigars Serving Size: 6 people or 12 cigarsCalories per serving: 214Fat per serving: 15.4gms Mmmm...crispy crunchy phyllo flakes and a warm, cheesey, salty interior that melts in your mouth - what more could you ask for from a snack? Everyone in my home just loves these cigars. They're a little tedious to make Continue Reading
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Serving Size: 2 sandwichesCalories per serving: 318Fat per serving: 15.2gms This kids favorite is finally made healthy with non-processed ingredients and 'hidden' vegetables. Kids love its cheesy flavor while moms pride the healthy goodness camouflaged inside. I usually like it chunky and add strips of juicy portobello mushrooms. But you can make Continue Reading
Mushroom Pepper Toasts
Veggies on a Baguette Serving Size: 3Calories per serving: 105Fat per serving: 2.7g This simple way to snack on healthy cooked veggies is delicious! It's a quick appetizer which can get fancier on the basis of how you serve it - on a baguette or even on oven warmed pita bread nicely cut to individual Continue Reading
Chimichurri Kebabs with Yogurt Dip
Chimichurri Kebabs Serving Size: 6 sticksCalories per serving: 242Fat per serving: 18.1g Summer is the perfect time to grill and I often quickly chop up fresh veggies and tofu to make light kebabs. The secret is in the sauce though - it can make or break your kebab! This Chimichurri sauce is my all time Continue Reading
Eggs in a Nest
Eggs in a Nest Serving Size: 1Calories per serving: 224Fat per serving: 11.7gm This recipe is low in calories and has healthy doses of protein, veggies and carbs. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Scrambled tofu works just as well, without taking anything away in terms of taste or nutrition. Ingredients2 whole Continue Reading
Broccolini & Shiitake Mushrooms
Broccolini & Shiitake Mushrooms Serving Size: 2-4Calories per serving: 82Fat per serving: .3gm This quick and easy side accompanies any entree. Broccolini is a mix between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. The crunch of the broccolini accompanied with the juicy, soft bite of the shiitake mushrooms brings together the perfect compliment of nutritious veggies. The delicate Continue Reading
Veggie Medley
Veggie Medley Serving Size: 2-4Calories per serving: 113Fat per serving: 3.4gms The best part of this recipe is the versatility of its ingredients. I’m not a big fan of peas myself but know they’re packed with several nutrients so thought I’d cook them in a sauce tasty enough to mask their own flavor; and it Continue Reading
Mushroom Fettuccine
Mushroom Fettuccine Serving Size: 2-4Calories per serving: 371Fat per serving: 18.4gms My husband and I met some friends for a weekend brunch and the best item on the table was my friend’s mushroom pasta. It literally melted in my mouth! I had to re-create it at home with a few added ingredients suitable to my Continue Reading
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