SUPER SHROOMS Add some magic to your meals with mushrooms
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.