By Tami Weiser
Mushrooms are bold, flavor bombs, rich in umami, ready to make any dish deeper and more savory — it’s why portabellas, shiitakes, and button mushrooms are so often used in hearty dishes. They are also incredibly nutritious, rich in B vitamins, such as riboflavin, folate, thiamine and niacin, bursting with antioxidants, low calorie, low in fat, and packed with fiber. Mushrooms also are chock full of non-animal based Vitamin D and are terrific source for dietary prebiotics, championed in scientific studies, as part of a gut-healthy diet. And yes, they’re the key to incredible satisfying dinners. Here’s 5 hearty and filling recipes that make them the star ingredient.
Greek yogurt provides the creaminess and just a touch of tartness, and the chicken gives this dish even more protein but when it comes to overall taste, this recipe is all about the intense depth, almost meatiness, of mushrooms. Pasta never had it so good.
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Risotto is an old technique (based in Northern Italian fare) primed for many modern kitchens because it’s not only creamy and satisfying, it’s a versatile platform for many dietary needs. This creamy rice dinner is naturally gluten-free made with nutritional yeast in lieu of traditional parmesan, and fiber rich, brown rice instead of white rice for a hearty, filling meal. Make sure to look for short grain brown rice for the creamiest risotto.
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Farro is an ancient grain with a terrific chewy texture that adds comforting heft to the chicken and mushrooms that flavor this dish and give it plenty of nutrients. Try this dish paired with some simple roasted broccoli, broccolini or brussels sprouts. Mushrooms love their green veggies!
This budget-friendly dish lets the mushrooms shine. Paired with sweet potatoes, it’s a veggie-forward, herbaceous dish great for vegan, vegetarians and anyone looking to add more plants to their diet. This recipe also works exceptionally well with lentil and chickpeas pastas, too,
Miso and mushrooms are a pair made umami heaven, but the overall health value of this creative, Korean-influenced bowl, with kimchi and roasted broccoli is equally inviting. Quinoa ensures that this dish is gluten free and has plenty of protein, so make extra for tomorrow’s lunch.