Make Mushrooms Your New Favorite Food With Easy Recipes

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Posted through Sara Olivier.

A vegan staple that is fat-free, low-sodium, low-calorie, cholesterol-free, and meat-free seems like a distant future. However, that vegan delight is right under your nose – or more accurately, right under your toes: mushrooms!

The exact nutritional value will vary depending on which mushroom you choose, but in general, edible mushrooms are high in protein, fiber, and minerals, and contain all of the amino acids you need in your daily diet. The best part? Mushrooms provide all of these nutritional benefits without any cruelty to animals.

There are around 25 types of mushrooms readily available, so choosing the right one can be difficult. We’ll break down the best uses for mushrooms available at many grocery stores, and come up with some tasty vegan recipes for you to try.

“Cute as a Button” Mushroom Works in Many Dishes

The button mushroom is the little brother of cremini and portobello. They are all the same species, at different stages of growth. Button mushrooms are recognizable by their white head and small size, usually only an inch in diameter. Buttons are also called the common mushroom, white mushroom, and mushroom, so keep that in mind when looking at recipes and shopping.

Button mushroom has a neutral flavor, described as sweet and earthy. When cooked, it absorbs oils and spices, making it the perfect flavor and texture enhancer. These ‘mushrooms’ make a great, simple side dish when seasoned and sautéed in vegan butter, but they can also be used in an Asian-inspired dish like a bok choy stir-fry or a Southwestern barbecue dish. .

These tender, sweet mushrooms also make a much better addition to a vegetable skewer than the flesh of a dead pig. Pigs are social and intelligent, they form complex social relationships and recognize their mother’s distinct voice. They can live to be around 10 or 15 years, but the more than 75 million animals raised on farms in the United States each year are killed when they are only around 6 months old.

Cremini mushroom is affordable and full of flavor

Stuffed mushrooms about to be cooked

The cremini fungus is also known by several other names, the most common being chestnut mushroom and baby bella mushroom. Cremini and Portobello have a similar taste – a pleasant umami flavor – and a meaty texture.

Stuffed cremini mushrooms make great appetizers, and cremini pair beautifully with caramelized leeks on toast for brunch. It can also make a cozy evening even better when used in vegan cream of mushroom soup.

The portobello mushroom is big and responsible

Portobello mushrooms on a grill

Portobello (spelled in different ways) is almost always called this. These mushrooms often reach the size of a vegan burger, making them perfect for any summer barbecue, as their meaty texture and umami flavor comes out best when grilled. They can also be crushed and shaped into a pancake.

Grilling a vegan bello burger on the barbecue instead of an animal-based burger is a tasty and compassionate choice. Cows used for beef are separated from their mothers soon after birth. Farmers press hot irons onto the skin of cows, burn their horns and castrate the males, usually without any pain relievers. Cows are social beings, and after the farmers take their babies, the mother cows scream at their calves for days. Help these sensitive animals by opting for a portobello mushroom burger instead of a burger.

The versatile oyster mushroom can do it all

A bunch of oyster mushrooms, gills

Not only do oyster mushrooms work wonderfully in many types of cooking, but these poisonous mushrooms have also been found to remove oil from contaminated soils. Additionally, they can be used to make vegan leather. There’s no mushroom for improvement there!

While some mushrooms have a fishy flavor, the oyster mushroom is only named after the shellfish because of its similarity in appearance. Its large size and tenderness make it ideal for deep frying, and its mild flavor makes it a discreet addition to tacos.

Oh, Shiitake, Its good!

Shiitake mushrooms and peppers are sautéed

Until 1982, traditional shiitake mushrooms were grown using the ancient Japanese method of slicing shii trees and incorporating shiitake spores to cling to the grooves. With modern innovation, people can now grow these mushrooms in something as simple as hardwood chips inside a plastic bag.

Shiitake mushrooms are native to East Asia, making them a staple in dishes like miso soup, Buddha’s delicacies, and modern fried rice and scrambled tofu. Shiitake has a rich, buttery flavor and a tender, chewy texture when cooked slowly, so this umami-tasting mushroom is also excellent in Western stews and sauces.

The lion’s mane mushroom will make you Seafood in a new light

Close up on the texture of a lion's mane mushroom

The lion’s mane fungus grows in oblong clusters and bears the pseudonym of pompom mushroom Where bearded hedgehog mushroom, depending on location. Although native to Europe, this odd-looking mushroom is used in Chinese medicinal teas and is said to boost brain power. The flavor of lion’s mane is apparently similar to that of lobster, which makes this mushroom a great choice in “seafood” recipes, like this stuffed pepper dish without crab.

Lobsters, crabs, and other marine animals are not that different from humans and other mammals – they communicate with each other, explore their surroundings, and can experience pain. Lobsters can even be Following sensitive to pain than humans because their nervous system is unable to go into shock. This means that they probably feel everything when cut or boiled alive. Fortunately, mushrooms like lion’s mane and other meatless options provide a salty flavor reminiscent of the sea without harming marine animals.

It’s time to cook

The versatility of mushrooms makes them a great addition to any type of cooking, and their nutrients and animal benefits prove they really are. mushrooms once you and learn how to use them to their full potential!

When you go vegan, you save the lives of nearly 200 animals each year, including problem-solving pigs, social cows, and sensitive lobsters. Encourage others to stop putting animal foods on their plates by giving them a copy of PETA’s Vegan Starter Kit, and check out our 3 Week Vegan Challenge for more tips on how to eat and live with it. compassion.

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