Mushrooms are a fantastic and really varied ingredient. They’re earthy, soft and nutty and can add real oomph to all sorts of recipes. They’re also packed full of goodness.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF MUSHROOMS?
Different mushrooms contain different micronutrients. Most are a source of the B-vitamins riboflavin, niacin and biotin, which metabolic and nervous systems need to function properly. Plus, common mushrooms are a source of folic acid, which is very important for maternal tissue growth during pregnancy, as well as for immune function and blood formation. Raw shiitake, just like most mushrooms, is high in potassium, which is great for muscle growth and keeping our blood pressure at normal levels.
Shiitake mushrooms are also very high in vitamin D, which many of us are deficient in. Our bodies need vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus. Without sufficient vitamin D, our bones and teeth won’t be as strong and healthy as they should be. We get vitamin D from the sun, but in winter, especially here in the UK, it’s helpful to top up from food sources.
10 DELICIOUS MUSHROOM RECIPES
Mix up cottage cheese, diced mushrooms and ham, then fry with Parmesan for perfect cheesy popovers.
This filling meat-free stir-fry is bursting with fresh soy and ginger flavours.
Use a mushroom risotto base to make this punchy cranberry-topped nut roast.
The all-time classic flavour combo of chicken and mushroom works brilliantly in this stroganoff with quick red onion pickle.
A gorgeously earthy bowl of chicken stock, veg and mushrooms – this mushroom miso broth makes a fantastic lunch, or a light, flavour-packed supper.
Grill your mushrooms to release their nutty flavour before scattering on a risotto. Why not try Jamie’s grilled mushroom risotto the next time you feel like something simple, yet just a little bit fancy?
Wonderfully creamy, this earthy mushroom soup celebrates the very best mushroom flavours.
Mushrooms absorb other flavours really well, which makes them a beautiful curry ingredient. This veg-packed mega mushroom & lentil curry ticks all the boxes.
Blitz up mushrooms with balsamic vinegar and stir through mayo for a lovely rich dressing. Mushroom mayonnaise goes particularly well with asparagus or used as a burger topper.
For more inspiration, head to Jamie’s Family Food Hub.