SU­PER SHROOMS Add some magic to your meals with mush­rooms

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Mush­rooms have al­ways been ap­pre­ci­ated for their in­tensely savoury ‘umami’ flavour, but your favourite fungi is also func­tional food, or ‘nu­traceu­ti­cal’, thanks to adap­to­genic com­pounds that help reg­u­late your hor­mones, fight-or-flight in­stincts, blood sugar and more. So it’s no sur­prise the mush­room mar­ket is boom­ing while the trend for plant-based meat re­place­ments grows. If you’re look­ing for new ways to feed fungi to the fam­ily, check out our fun ideas.

BLENDED BURG­ERS Swap 25-50 per cent of the mince in your favourite burger recipe with any va­ri­ety of mush­room. Chop or process to coarse crumbs and mix into your burger mix. For a richer flavour, brown the mush­rooms in a fry­ing pan with a splash of oil be­fore finely chop­ping. MEAT­LESS MEAT Use with sauces and sea­son­ing in plant-based or plant-for­ward di­ets. Mush­rooms can re­place all the meat – think mush­room and red wine pies, mush­room stroganoff and mush­room Welling­ton, to name but a few. BUN FUN De-stem eight large Por­to­bello mush­rooms and place them stem-sides down on a tray. Driz­zle with 1 ta­ble­spoon gar­licin­fused oil, sea­son with salt and pep­per and bake in oven for 10–15 min­utes, or un­til the mush­rooms are ten­der. Drain on a pa­per towel to re­move ex­cess mois­ture. Use in place of bread burger buns to make 4 low-carb, paleo and gluten-free buns. They’re also great in place of hot dogs or pizza bases.

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