For the past few years, it seems like all anyone can talk about in health food circles is mushrooms. Because where there is interest in wellness, there is interest in food – functional food to be specific. While these aren’t of the hallucinogenic variety, they almost feel like “magic mushrooms” in their own right. Various types have been touted increase immunityfights cancer and contains high amounts of antioxidants. So it’s no wonder that healthy mushroom recipes will soon enter the mix.
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11 mushroom recipes that combine taste and nutrition perfectly
If functional mushrooms aren’t on your radar yet, they should be. Varieties like reishi, chaga, cordyceps and lion’s mane get their street cred as wellness ingredients in food supplements and coffee, tea, snack bars and broth.
I personally look for ways to incorporate all kinds of mushrooms into my diet, and while different species contain different levels of benefits, they are all pretty good for you. So let’s get to some healthy mushroom recipes! Keep scrolling for 11 options to help you get your daily dose of our favorite mushrooms.
Why we love it: More often than not, getting protein during breakfast is a difficult challenge. This twist on toast is a great way to start your morning, packed with healthy ingredients with a preparation time of just 10 minutes. The vibrant green pop that the arugula adds to this toast makes the meal that much more beautiful. After the mushroom mixture is sautéed, it can be stored in an airtight container for a busy morning meal or afternoon snack.
Hero Ingredient: The star of this show is undoubtedly the beautiful green arugula. Not only does it make this dish stand out, but it also allows you to get some veggies in during your morning meal.
Why we love it: These caramelized mushrooms are next level. The variety of mushrooms in this recipe provides unique flavors while still having all the health benefits that mushrooms provide. The possibilities are endless when it comes to serving: these tasty mushrooms can be used as a side dish or even a vegetarian main dish.
Hero Ingredient: The Dijon mustard in this recipe, while optional, is a sharp contrast to the thyme and salt flavors.
Why we love it: This recipe is packed with vibrant flavors and tons of topping options. The best part: it’s only five ingredients! These mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of caramelized onions, spinach and parmesan cheese. If you have leftovers from your filling, don’t worry. Enhance your morning meal by combining the savory mixture with eggs or omelets.
Hero Ingredient: Caramelized onions go so well with a wide variety of dishes, but when paired with these portobellos, they are to die for.
Why we love it: This recipe covers your proteins, veggies, and carbs, all in one bowl! Health benefits aside, this recipe brings so much to the table. Your dish will be bursting with flavor, with an added richness from the Parmesan cheese. Arugula and red pepper garnish bring beautiful color and undeniable flavor to this well-rounded dish.
Hero Ingredient: You can’t go wrong with pasta and parmesan. Mixed with the mushrooms, the cheese creates a creamy texture that goes perfectly with this protein.
Why we love it: Two words: non-stick pan. Having a non-stick is the key to cooking your scrambled egg mixture quickly with easy cleanup. A good bread, such as sourdough or seeded wheat, also elevates this recipe with a unique texture. How could you go wrong with this 10-minute recipe?
Hero Ingredient: While eggs and toast make a great breakfast, any mushroom of your choice makes this recipe picture perfect.
Why we love it: Contrary to popular belief, one way to start your morning with plenty of nutrients is in your morning coffee. We swear by this recipe for boosted, sustained energy throughout the day. Coffee, almond milk, mushroom powder and a mixture of chocolate and collagen protein powder is all you need. Simply mix the ingredients together and you have a healthier way to start your day.
Hero Ingredient: That Reishi mushroom powder makes this coffee unique and provides added nutrients to kickstart your day or power your afternoon.
Why we love it: Giving my go-to spaghetti a glow is exactly what I’m looking for in 2023. These vegan meatballs are a delicious and healthy alternative to the traditional meatballs we know and love. Making meatballs from white beans also prevents grain-on-grain meatballs that are usually presented as a vegan option.
Hero Ingredient: The cannellini beans are such a simple and delicious way to boost your diet’s nutrition.
Why we love it: Minimal dishes meet cozy comfort in creating the perfect pappardelle dish. The umami from the shiitake mushrooms creates a light but indulgent flavor that goes perfectly with the melted parmesan. Leeks keep this recipe from feeling heavy and pair perfectly with the mushrooms. It’s hard to go wrong with this one-pan vegetarian favorite.
Hero Ingredient: When cooked low and slow, the leeks are the star of the show. Their indulgent but light flavor goes perfectly with the mushrooms.
Why we love it: Eggs and veggies keep this dish simple and streamlined, but goat takes your frittata to the next level. This recipe also includes an extensive list of topping options for all your frittata endeavors. Serving with spring greens adds even more nutrition to this easy dish while maintaining its vegetarian, gluten-free and nut-free elements.
Hero Ingredient: While any type of cheese can be used in a frittata, goat cheese adds a sweet richness that contrasts with the spinach and mushrooms. Less is more when you sprinkle on top of your frittata.
Why we love it: One of the most sought-after meals in Austin is a Banh Mí, and I can’t say I disagree with this popular choice. This dish contains not only mushrooms, but pickled vegetables and spicy tofu. The many different ingredients in this dish not only offer a nutritious alternative to the typical Vietnamese baguette bread, but also provide a unique flavor and beautiful color.
Hero Ingredient: I’m obsessed with using seasoned tofu as a beef or pork alternative for this Banh Mi bowl. Allowing the tofu to reach a perfect golden brown while sautéing ensures that your tofu has the perfect texture.
Why we love it: Comfort yourself with this creamy polenta when you need to relax. Kale and mushrooms are an added health benefit to this hearty dish. You can’t go wrong when you serve these vegetables with a garlic butter sauce, which creates a flavor that contrasts with the rich creaminess of the polenta. Leftovers can also be served with a protein such as grilled chicken or seafood.
Hero Ingredient: Polenta is a great grain that is quite easy to prepare, super creamy and quite healthy.
Why we love it: Bowls are undoubtedly one of the most popular dishes right now for busy weekdays. But as is the case with many workweek wonders, there is nothing boring or basic about them. In this recipe for the most perfect farro dish, healthy ingredients such as cauliflower, farro, kale and mushrooms make for a filling and flavorful dish. Plus, the toppings options are truly endless. recipe creator, Gail Simmons recommends using roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes to finish the dish.
Hero Ingredient: The freshness of the dish, especially from the chopped herbs, complements the nutty farro beautifully.
This post was originally published on January 20, 2020 and has since been updated.