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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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