It’s never been easier to use mushrooms to transform meals, starting with those that may already be in the weekly rotation. Simply chop mushrooms to match the texture of ground meat – beef, pork, chicken, turkey (or tofu) – and use in place of some of the meat in recipes such as burgers, tacos, meatloaf, lasagna, pasta sauce or meatballs to make everyday dishes more healthful and delicious.
THE BLEND – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! This simple blending strategy plays on mushrooms’ compatibility with meat in terms of taste and texture. Incorporate the blend into your favorite recipes by: 1. Chopping up your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground meat in the recipe. 2. Cooking and seasoning mushrooms the same way you would meat. 3. Combining the cooked meat and mushrooms and using the mix to complete your recipe. No extra pans. No complicated techniques. Just great-tasting food with a healthy twist.
WHY THE BLEND?
- Reduce calorie and fat intake.
- Research suggests that substituting mushrooms for lean ground beef in an entrée just once every week would save you almost 20,000 calories in one year.
- Pack in nutrition.
- The blend adds more nutrients to the plate like vitamin D, potassium (8%), B vitamins and antioxidants.
- Boost flavor.
- Studies show that combining meat with mushrooms actually enhances the flavor of your favorite recipes.
- Reduce sodium intake.
- Thanks to mushrooms’ umami (savory) taste, studies confirm that you can maintain the delicious flavor of recipes you love while reducing sodium by 25%.
- Extend portions.
- The blend adds bulk and volume, allowing you to generate more servings and extend portions. Did someone say leftovers?
- Bring vegetables to the plate.
- Adding mushrooms into the mix makes it easier to add an extra serving of vegetables to the plate.
- Go green.
- Mushrooms are grown year-round in highly controlled environments and effectively convert water into food.
- Save $$.
- Generating more servings and extending portions mean cost savings on the price per serving.