"Blending" combines meat, mushrooms for delicious, nutritious meals
If you're looking for a little something to add flavor to your cooking, Fareway Dietitian Whitney Hemmer has a suggestion with something called 'blending.'
The Blend is a simple cooking technique that combines finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat to make meals delicious and nutritious.
• Increased vegetable consumption
• Decreased calories and sodium
• Extend portions
• Save money
30% mushrooms in burgers, meatloaf or meatballs
40% mushrooms in ground meat dishes like tacos, burritos, or sloppy joes
70% mushrooms in one pot meals like chili
½ pound mushrooms, any variety
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 pound ground beef
½ tsp. salt
6 hamburger buns
Finely dice mushrooms or gently pulse in a food processor.
In a skillet, warm 1 tablespoon oil on medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from heat and allow mushrooms to cool for 5 minutes.
Transfer mushrooms to a large mixing bowl with ground beef and salt, mixing until combined.
Cook burgers over medium-high heat (stovetop or grill) until the temperature reaches at least 160°F, about 5 minutes per side.
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
½ pound white button mushrooms, ground of finely chopped
½ pound ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken
Salt, to taste
1 cup diced onion
½ Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
Black pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
Heat a frying pan over medium heat and 1 tablespoon add oil. Add mushrooms to pan and season with salt, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally until most of the moisture has evaporated, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Add ground meat and season with salt, if desired. Sauté until the meat is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
Remove mushrooms and meat from pan and add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Sautee onions over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
Add mushroom and meat mixture back to pan and season with chili powder, cilantro, pepper and lime juice.
Serve with tortillas, salsa, avocados, cheese, shredded cabbage and fresh cilantro, if desired.
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