On October 15th, people come together to celebrate fungi on National Mushroom Day. There are over 14,000 different varieties of mushrooms though not all are edible. We, of course, will only concern ourselves with the ones we can enjoy in our recipes – the white button mushrooms, the cremini, the Portobellos, the oyster, shiitake, and trumpet mushrooms – to name just a few.
When you want that meaty taste, that umami, mushrooms are the way to go. Their flavor is rich, earthy, and meaty, especially cremini or Portobello mushrooms. Their texture, as well as their taste, lets mushrooms replace meat in any recipe. Check out The Missing Link: How to Add Umami Flavor to Your Vegan Meals.
Mushrooms are also healthy. They are low in sodium, low in calories and filling so they can help us maintain our weight. Mushrooms are fiber-rich and can help regulate cholesterol. They are a good source of protein, potassium, B vitamins and the only plant source of vitamin D. To learn more about the health benefits of mushrooms, read Mushrooms: Health Benefits of the Humble Funghi and Recipes!
Mushrooms are also versatile. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They can be sauteed, roasted, baked, grilled, stuffed or eaten raw. Mushrooms make delicious appetizers, gravies, soups, casseroles, and pasta dishes. Check out these 30 Cool Vegan Recipes Made with Mushrooms and 10 Delicious Ways to Cook With Mushrooms. Then take a look at these 21 incredible ways to enjoy all kinds of mushrooms.
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