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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 November 9, 2020

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

2. No Motivation

Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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5. Upward Comparisons

Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

6. No Alternative

This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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7. Stress

As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

8. Sense of Failure

People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

9. The Need to Be All-New

People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

10. Force of Habit

Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

Final Thoughts

These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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Reference

[1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
[2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
[3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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