Healthy Mushroom Recipes

A Guide to Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of those foodstuffs that many people either love or hate. There are even those who like them raw but not cooked, or vice versa. The reality is, however, that there are a great many types of mushroom and these different types offer very different eating experiences.

It is my intention on this page, on an ongoing basis, to explore some of the more common types of mushroom and some of the delicious, healthy mushroom recipes it is possible to prepare with them.

Garlic Mushrooms with Toast

Garlic mushrooms are of course very popular as an appetizer or starter. This incredibly simple garlic mushroom recipe can be prepared in just a few minutes, when your guests arrive.

Ingredients (Per Person)

5 small, close cup mushrooms (halved)

2 clove of garlic (crushed)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of dried sage

1 slice of lightly buttered toast

1 tomato (for garnishing)

Method

Put the olive oil in a small saucepan and gently bring up to a medium heat. Add the garlic and sage and heat gently for about thirty seconds, stirring with a wooden spoon. Put the bread on to toast and add the mushrooms to the saucepan. Continue to stir until the toast is ready and serve immediately.

 

Healthy Ham and Mushroom Omelette Recipe

Mushrooms are delicious included in an omelette but I particularly enjoy them with ham. Any small amount of leftover ham will do for this recipe - I simply pre-grilled a rasher of bacon!

Ingredients

3 free range, organic eggs

2 small, closed cup mushrooms (thinly sliced)

1 rasher of bacon (chopped)

Freshly ground black pepper

Tomato for garnish (optional)

Knob of butter for frying

Method

Pre-grill the bacon (unless using leftover ham.) Beat the eggs in a bowl, then gently melt just enough butter to grease the bottom of a small, non-stick frying pan. Add the eggs to the pan and turn up the heat to medium. Work the eggs with a plastic spatula - in the very early stages of cooking - gently around the pan. Do not overdo this, however, or scrambled eggs will be the result! When the setting process begins in earnest, leave them alone.

When the eggs are almost fully set, add the mushroom and ham to half the omelette only as shown and season with black pepper. Fold the omelette over carefully and serve.

NB - There is no requirement to add salt to this recipe as the ham will provide the necessary seasoning in this respect. 

Healthy Chicken and Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Risotto is of course a very flexible dish and can be made incorporating a great many ingredients. This recipe is one which I have prepared several times and always thoroughly enjoyed. The quantities in this recipe will serve one person.

Please note that it is imperative you use proper risotto rice and not such as bismati.

Ingredients

3oz risotto rice

Half a pint of fresh chicken stock

2oz chopped, cooked chicken (I prefer to use leg or thigh meat as opposed to breast)

4 small closed cup mushrooms (sliced)

2 small shallots (thinly sliced)

2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

2 tsp olive oil

1oz of butter

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Method

Heat the chicken stock in a pot and then ideally transfer it to a pouring jug.

Gently heat the oil and butter in a small frying pan until the butter is melted. Add the garlic and shallots and fry gently for a couple of minutes until the shallots take on a translucent quality. Add the dry rice and the mushrooms and fry for another minute, stirring well with a wooden spatula or spoon.

The stock should be added in four or five stages, roughly equal amounts each time. Only add more each time one lot has been absorbed. As the rice will take around twenty minutes to cook, it may be necessary to add a little boiling water towards the end of the cooking period if all the stock has been absorbed. Season to taste and turn off the heat.

It is important then to cover the pan and leave the risotto for two or three minutes so that it assumes its required creamy texture prior to serving.

Healthy Mushroom Breakfast Recipe

Mushrooms are very often eaten as part of a hearty breakfast but are frequently fried in saturated fat. This healthy mushroom breakfast recipe consists of grilling and poaching the various ingredients for a much more nutritious effect.

Ingredients (Per Person)

3 large breakfast mushrooms

2 rashers of bacon

1 egg

2 tomatoes

3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

Method

Put the bacon and the mushrooms (topside up) on to the grill pan and under a hot grill. Put the egg in to a pan of boiling water to poach.

After a couple of minutes, turn the bacon and the mushrooms over and scatter one chopped garlic clove in each mushroom cup. Grill for another couple of minutes.

Drain the egg well and serve with the mushrooms, bacon and chopped tomatoes.

5 stars from 3 ratings of these mushroom recipes!

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Do You Like Mushrooms? 11 comments

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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Yummy mushroom recipes! Thanks.


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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, PaperNotes. I hope that you will try them and enjoy them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

I don't often see this many great mushroom recipes in one spot. They all look terrific. Rated up, useful and bookmarked.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, KofeeKlatch Gals. I love mushrooms so will add more to this site as and when I can. I hope you enjoy any of the ideas which you sample.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yum! Just discovered this hub. I love mushrooms, especially sauteed with garlic, or on pizza, or in omelets, etc.... Great hub. Looks like you have a lot of recipe hubs. Will have to check them out. Voted up and more!


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Victoria and thanks. Yes, I love mushrooms too - especially, as you say, with garlic. Food is a big part of my life, so it does tend to be the biggest subject I write about.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Yummy! I love mushrooms in different menus. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Me, too, Thelma. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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GetitScene 2 years ago from The High Seas

Love the recipes, especially the garlic mushrooms and toast!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 16 months ago from Sunny Florida

I love mushrooms. I tried the garlic mushrooms and toast, it was delicious.


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Gordon Hamilton 16 months ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Glad you liked it KoffeeKlatch Gals. Haven't actually prepared it myself for a while so will need to put that right.

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