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I was compensated by Global Influence as part of the National Nutrition Month Campaign with The Mushroom Council.
There are many reasons you may want to cut back on meat consumption. Whether it’s for health, ethical or financial reasons, there are many strategies for reducing your meat intake without sacrificing flavor.
One of the reasons we initially focused on cutting back on the amount of meats we use in our dishes and increasing the vegetable content was so that we could more easily afford organic meat. There are lots of ways to do it to make it easy on everyone in the family.
Since March is National Nutrition Month, and The Mushroom Council (a group of U.S. mushroom growers) is celebrating too, today I want to spotlight mushrooms.
Did you know? Mushrooms are:
- The only produce item with vitamin D
- A leading source of the antioxidants selenium and ergothioneine, which help maintain a healthy immune system
- Full of B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid, which help provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates
- Low in calories, fat-free and contain flavorful umami, which allows for less salt to be used in a dish, without compromising taste (this fact was new to me)
As you can see, mushrooms are a very nutritious addition to your diet, and they are a great meat substitute or supplement in many meals. Replacing some of the ground beef, turkey or other meat with mushrooms is an easy technique called “swapability.”
This simple three-step “swapability” strategy is perfect for family favorites like burgers, lasagna, meatballs, tacos, chili or any dish that calls for ground meat:
- Chop up your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground beef or turkey
- Cook and season mushrooms the same way you would meat
- Combine the cooked meat and mushrooms and use the mix to complete your recipe
Using this simple technique will allow the mushrooms’ hearty texture and rich flavor to blend seamlessly with meats.
Swapping mushrooms for meat is a great way to increase your nutrient intake and reduce your meat intake so you can fit more organic and grassfed meats into your budget.