What the Mushroom Makeover Challenge Taught Me {Plus a Mushroom Hash Recipe}

mushroom-makeover-week4This post was created as part of the #MushroomMakeover 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge, for which I am a financially compensated blogger ambassador for the Mushroom Council. The  opinions are my own and based on my own experience.

I can’t believe that the Mushroom Makeover Challenge is coming to an end! It has been a really fabulous and empowering four weeks for me. I have learned a lot about myself – where I am now and where I want to go.

After four weeks, I am now remembering how much better I feel when I work out regularly. I’m starting to get muscle tone back and my endurance is increasing. I lost almost 2 pounds (out of the 10-15 I’d like to lose) this month. However, I don’t consider that my greatest success. I prefer to gauge my success by how I feel, and I am feeling better each day – to me, that is success.

I have also remembered how much I love creating recipes. When were were in Uruguay, we posted a recipe each week on our blog. We even wrote a cookbook for expats! I am now inspired to keep creating recipes, and you’ll see at least 1 per week on Happy Mothering (on some weeks you may see more if I’m feeling particularly inspired).

This experience has also really reminded me how important it is to lead by example. Having healthy habits and a positive outlook goes miles when it comes to my girls. When I whine about not wanting to work out, guess what? They don’t want me to work out. When I’m excited about it, they join in with me, which makes it even more fun for everyone.

Every once in a while, we all lose our path in certain areas of our lives. For me, it has been my fitness level. Fortunately, it seems like there is always something that comes my way to put me back on the right track. This challenge has really done that for me. For that I am grateful.

Am I perfect? No. Will I make mistakes? Of course – I’m human! My habits will never be perfect all the time. I will never make the best decisions for my health 100% of the time. But I will do my best and I will give myself grace when things don’t go perfectly.

Tomorrow, I’ll be starting a 108-day yoga challenge. I need something to continue holding myself accountable to my health and fitness goals. If you want to join in with me, you can learn more about it here.

If you’d like some more meal ideas to help you incorporate more mushrooms into your diet, here are my 4 mushroom meals from the week. Since this is the last week I’ll be providing mushroom meal examples, you can always find more here.

Gluten Free Crunchy Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

These wraps were absolutely delicious! You can find the recipe here.


Bacon & Pineapple Stuffed Portobello

I literally had to fight Kaylee for every bite I got of this one. It was phenomenal! Get the full recipe.


Mushroom & Grassfed Beef Chili

Everyone in the house loves chili, and if I go for more than month without making it, Zoë is begging me to make it. I had never used mushrooms in my chili before, but figured I could blend minced mushrooms with the grassfed ground beef. The kids had no idea their chili was loaded with crimini mushrooms!


Mushroom Hash Recipe

I had some leftover hashed browns I needed to use up, so I decided to see if I could swap mushrooms for corned beef. It was a success, and even Zoë ate it knowing there were mushrooms in it! She said, “This is the first mushroom meal I’ve liked!” If only she knew about all of the mushrooms she’s been eating these last 4 weeks!



  • 1 cup minced crimini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup minced onions
  • 1 cup leftover hashed browns
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce (optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a small sauce pan.
  2. When warm, add the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and saute for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the hashed browns and stir until everything is well mixed and warm.
  5. Scramble the eggs, and pour them into the pan.
  6. Stir and flip as necessary until the eggs are done.
  7. Add salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste.

In case you missed it, you’ll find 4 mushroom meal ideas in each of my week 1, week 2 and week 3 posts!

Mushroom Makeover Twitter Party

I invite you to join me at the Mushroom Makeover Twitter party on Tuesday April 8 at 6 pm PST. There will be awesome prizes! Click here to RSVP and learn more.


Who: Mushroom Council
What: Twitter party
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 6-7:30 pm PST (9-10:30 pm EST)
Hashtag: #MushroomMakeover


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