Ingredient: Mushrooms

Shiitake, Portobello, Oyster, Button, Shaggy Manes

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  • Description-

Mushrooms are a fungus that grow in moist places. You should choose mushrooms that are dry and firm, never slimy. 

  • Preparation-

 You should always wash your mushrooms with a damp towel, and pat them dry.  Mushrooms add an earthy flavor to dishes.  They can be served raw, broiled, grilled, roasted or sautéed.  If you are using dehydrated mushrooms, soak them in boiling water for about 20 minutes, then drain and use. Do not add salt to your mushrooms until the end of the cooking time, or your mushrooms will lose their moisture.

  • Varieties-

Edible varieties of mushrooms include but are not limited to: button, cremini, Portobello, shiitake, oyster, and chanterelle.  Only eat mushrooms from reliable sources since there are many mushrooms that are poisonous.

  • Storage –

Mushrooms can be placed in a paper bag (not plastic because they need to breathe) and can be refrigerated for several days or up to a week.  Do not clean your mushrooms until you are ready to use them. Mushrooms can also be dehydrated for future use. Mushrooms freeze well, simply clean, dry, and place them sliced in a plastic bag in your freezer.

  • Nutrition- Mushrooms contain potassium, vitamin D, niacin, and riboflavin



When you clean mushrooms, and you should, do not submerge them into water.  Simply take a damp paper towel and wipe them down.  Mushrooms are fragile and they also suck up moisture, you don’t want a water logged mushroom.  Save those stems for veggie broth!


Here are some beautiful oyster mushrooms.

Recipes Using Mushrooms

Eggroll In a Bowl

Not sure what to do with that cabbage? Eggroll in a Bowl is a quick and flexible weeknight option, and when I say flexible, I mean FLEXIBLE! You can make this paleo, gluten free, vegetarian…. So grab your cabbage, carrots, and protein of your choosing, and the rest is up to you and your imagination. It’s also a healthy (and dare I say tastier) alternative to the deep fried crunchy version from your favorite takeout joint, so pull up some ingredients and make it your own!

Cube Steaks with Gravy

This is a lovely way to prepare cube steak, a true “meat and potatoes” meal, and the final product is so tender and delicious. The mushrooms and onions in the gravy are optional but highly recommended. Roasted acorn squash and mashed potatoes make great set of sides for this one.