Whether you’re looking for meatless meals for a specific day of the week, say Meatless Mondays or Meatless Fridays for Lent, or just hoping to incorporate more plant-forward dishes into your diet, mushrooms are the solution. Their meat-like texture and savory umami flavor makes choosing mushrooms a no brainer.
ICYDK: Umami is one of the five basic taste categories in food, along with sweet, sour, salty and bitter. The word comes from Japanese and can be loosely translated as “delicious” (got that right 😋). Umami can be found in some of your favorite foods including mushrooms, cheeses, cooked meat, soy and ripe tomatoes.
We can’t forget to mention that the texture and flavor combo of mushrooms makes them a seamless fit at any meal time. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, you name it. See what we mean by making one of these flavor-filled, plant-based recipes that put mushrooms at the center of the plate. 👇
Egg and Mushroom Sandwiches on Sourdough
These sandwiches may be made with basic ingredients, but they are far from ordinary. Sautéed mushrooms, fried egg, onions, and arugula deliver out-of-this-world flavor with every single bite.
Marinated Mushroom Bowls with Lentils and Wild Rice
A mix of crimini mushrooms are marinated in an Asian-inspired dressing and paired with hearty grains and lentils alongside crunchy vegetables.
Kale and Basil Pesto Zoodles with Mushrooms
White button mushrooms add pops of umami flavor to this saucy pasta dish that’s light enough for lunch and hearty enough for dinner.
Sheet Pan Mushroom Fajitas
Portabella mushrooms offer the perfect meaty bite for a plant-forward healthy dinner with lots of flavor and minimal prep work.
Easy Portabella Burgers
Portabella mushrooms are “the original American veggie burger” for a reason: they’re hearty, bursting with flavor and completely customizable using different marinades.