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15 Magic Recipes For Mushrooms

15 Magic Recipes For Mushrooms

Is there anything more gloriously versatile than the humble mushroom? Not only does it make an excellent substitute for meat for veggies and vegans alike, it’s also hearty enough to turn the head of any dedicated carnivore. This magic fungus is rustic enough to stand up to the heat of the grill and bold flavorings, but can also add a soft, earthy twist to even the most delicate of dishes. As if that wasn’t enough to make you fall in love, mushrooms are low in calories, fat, and cholesterol free. They provide an excellent source of nutrients such as selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin D.

If you’re looking to increase your fun times with this fungi, then grab a fork and start digging in to these top 15 recipes for mushrooms:

1. Mushroom Korma

Sometimes a good, perfectly spiced curry is exactly what you need. But why shell out the cash to order out? This excellent tutorial will show you how to make your very own mushroom curry from scratch using whole spices. There’s no need to worry about the spice level either, as a delicate, mildly-flavored korma is a great place to start if you’re a curry novice. As this dish also contains nuts, it’s a great protein punch for vegetarians and vegans.

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2. Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

If you’re gluten-free or simply trying to watch the carbs, you probably thought that Italian food was off the menu. Don’t fret, as this stuffed mushroom recipe can give you all the flavor of that lasagna you previously loved, with out all the bloat. Additional top tip–don’t just stop at lasagna. Portobello mushrooms make a great base for all kinds of stuffing, from cheese to sausage to even a luscious pile of roasted veggies.

3. Broccoli & Mushroom Unstir Fry

It’s happened to everyone: you’ve come home from a long day at work and the very last thing you want to do is turn on the stove. Why should you when you can give that all-the-rage raw diet thing you’ve been hearing about a spin? This exceptionally healthy “unstir fry” isn’t fried at all, and is the nutritional equivalent of a karate kick to the face. With parsnip “rice” and a load of healthy vegetables, you’ll burn those Chinese menus that have been taking up room in your junk drawer.

4. Baked Mushroom Risotto

Who doesn’t love a good kitchen hack? If you’ve ever thought about whipping up a creamy batch of mushroom risotto but were concerned that the screw up factor was high, this easy method will make you grin from ear to ear. Not only does it forgo all the constant stirring and adding of stock, this recipe makes it super easy to make a huge batch of risotto for a crowd. Clever!

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5. Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Perhaps those pesky vegetarians and vegans are on to something–mushroom burgers really are as good as the kind made from cow. This burger utilizes the meaty and hearty Portobello mushroom, which easily stands up to the heat of the grill and takes on all that smoky goodness that made you love cook outs in the first place. This is also a terrific option for those watching their figure or cholesterol, and the leftovers (if there are any) are great with your eggs at breakfast.

6. Mushroom Pate

There used to be a time where, if you really wanted to impress at a party, you pulled out the pate. However, all pates are not created equal. This light and tasty pate uses a variety of mushrooms, walnuts, and Parmigiano cheese for ultimate fungi flavor, with a huge hit of umami. Try serving this with toasted crostini, if you’re feeling fancy, or just bust out the crackers if you’re not.

7. Mushrooms On Toast

There’s nothing wrong with going in a simple direction with your ‘shrooms, particularly if you want to showcase their earthy, woodsy flavor. While you could easily do this with some of the more expensive mushrooms on the market, like Chantarelles or Crimini (Baby Bella), one of the best choices for this dish is the common white button mushroom. Serve over whole grain toast with a green salad on the side, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate in a quick dinner.

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8. Mushroom & Feta Pie

Say hello to one of the sexiest brunch dishes you could hope for. Laying somewhere between a quiche and a savory tart, this easy to make and bake pie makes a great dish for breakfast, lunch, or brunch, particularly if you’re entertaining a crowd. These are also easy to make the night before you’re expecting guests, just requiring a quick re-heat in the oven before serving.

9. Mushroom Soup

This ubiquitous veggie starter has gotten a bad rap over the years, particularly due to its retro vibe. But why? Mushroom soup can actually be quite delicious and simple to prepare. Top tip: this soup actually freezes beautifully, making it a great staple to have for a quick weeknight dinner.

10. Portobello Mushroom Green Chili

Go on, pick yourself up off the floor, you chili purist. While mushrooms may not be common in chili, they’re great for giving a meaty edge to to veggie chilis, pairing particularly well with our southwestern pal, the green chili. While this type of chili might typically be served with pork, mushrooms cut both the fat and cholesterol content, making it not only a lip-smackingly spicy option, but also a healthy one.

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11. Easy Mushroom & Spinach Calzone

It’s hard to dislike that lovable little scamp, Jamie Oliver. He can show you how to prepare a homemade calzone and have it on the table in about the time it would take you to order one. With just a few simple ingredients around, you can impress and amaze your friends and loved ones (or just yourself). Don’t feel like making your own pizza dough? Buying it is okay, too. I promise not to tell Jamie.

12. Mushroom Fried Rice

Asian food, particularly Chinese food, may seem daunting at first. Surely it won’t be as good at home as it is from your favorite restaurant, right? Not true. Get to know your long-neglected wok with this easy fried rice recipe. The key to cooking well in a wok is to ensure that you have all of your ingredients cut and ready to go before you even start cooking. Once you’ve completed the slicing, you’re on your way to eating in mere minutes.

13. Breaded Mushrooms With Homemade Mayo

Who doesn’t love a nice order of deep-fried, breaded mushrooms while you’re out at the bar or watching the big game? Ditch those crummy frozen fried mushrooms lurking at the back of your freezer and forget spending a fortune when you’re out. Getting your fry on is easy with this simple recipe. Not sure about making your own mayo? Then try this excellent kitchen hack instead.

14. Mushroom Kebabs

Going back to the grill, mushrooms are a vegetarian’s best friend when it comes to summer cook outs. However, even meat eaters agree that nothing beats a well-grilled vegetarian kebab. This recipe for mushrooms takes kebabs to the next level, including tomatoes, zucchini, and Halloumi cheese, for superior flavor and mega munching. Try serving this with toasted pita, a garlicky yogurt sauce, and a leafy green salad for the ultimate in healthy, yet delicious, outdoor dining.

15. Japanese Mushroom Salad

Ever found yourself in the grocery store holding a pack of mushrooms that you simply had no idea what to do with? If you’re already in love with your standard white button mushrooms and you’re looking to branch out, this is a great way to open the door. This dressing is also great on other vegetables, so making a double batch is an excellent idea.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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