Posted on February 6, 2012 by
A lot of people wonder when going meatless where to start. Mushrooms are a great place to begin! You can do all sorts of things with mushrooms, things you might not even suspect, and you can easily substitute them in recipes that call for meat. Mushrooms add a hearty, “meaty” addition to many dishes.
One of my all time favorite things to do with mushrooms is simply roast them. This makes a fabulous side dish, or even main course, that is savory and satisfying, all while being very healthy. You can also spice or season up basic mushrooms to give them a kick, such as these Balsamic Mushrooms, that really hit the spot.
Another thing I love to do with mushrooms is to take large portabella mushroom caps and use them as the “crust” for a mini pizza. You can do this in so many ways. You can top it with sauce and cheese only for a basic pizza, or you can add other veggies to make a really fabulous veggie pizza, all without the guilt!
You might not know it, but mushrooms have a very “beefy” flavor. You can make a soup very similar to French Onion soup, that is completely vegan by utilizing mushrooms and mushroom broth. Trust me, you’ll never miss the beef broth!
As I mentioned mushrooms make an excellent substitute for recipes that normally call for meat. How about some Veggie Joe’s, an all veggie dish similar to Sloppy Joes? Or a veggie burger with mushrooms and other vegetables, instead of your basic burger? Or you could make Caesar Salad with portabella mushrooms instead of chicken or shrimp. You can even use large portabella mushrooms in place of chicken or eggplant in a dish like this Eggplant Parmesan.
Mushrooms are a very versatile ingredient, that have great possibility in changing meat filled dished vegetarian or vegan. There are so many possibilities! They’re hearty, savory and you’ll never miss the meat. Sometimes that is just exactly what you need.