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Food for Runners: M-U-S-H-R-O-O-M-S

Posted May 16 2013 12:50pm
It's been a while since we visited our Food for Runners series. Today I'm focusing on mushrooms solely because I've been eating a lot of them these days. At least from what I notice in my meal diaries . Man. I've been vegetarian for so long, eating a beefy grilled portabella, for example, is really like eating, well, beef!

I recently made a delicious mushroom + bean veggie burger (recipe below), which is where the photos in this post come from.

Psst: If you're catching up, we've covered tomatoes , almonds , pumpkin , cucumbers , bananas , eggs , garlic , quinoa , berries , peppers , and kale -- and included our favorite recipes from across the web.


"While full of protein, the star nutrients found in mushrooms are selenium, copper, zinc, vitamins B12 and B3." ( Source )

"While meat, seafood, grains, and nuts have excellent levels of the mineral, mushrooms are the only produce that have high levels of it, so they are especially important to include in your diet if you are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free." ( Source )

"A study by the American Society for Nutrition found that white button mushrooms may promote immune function by increasing the production of antiviral and other proteins that are released by cells while they are trying to protect and repair the body’s tissues." ( Source )


Here are some of our favorite recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

Lynn's Rustic Wild Mushroom Tart
Mark & Reese's Spinach + Mushroom Omelette
Our Portabellas with Peanut Sauce
Scott Jurek's Lentil Mushroom Burgers
Kim's Crimini Mushroom Risotto
Our Stuffed Portabellas
Jolinda's Mushroom + Bean Burgers (from the photos in this post)
Justin's Cream of Mushroom Soup
Soma's Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms w/ Goat Cheese
Our Open-Faced Portabella Sandwiches
Jennifer's Crispy Old Bay Mushrooms w/ Sriracha Mayo
Maria & Josh's Kale, Mushroom, and Ricotta Calzones


I probably roast a couple of portabellas each week. The best method I've found is to preheat my oven to 400 degrees F. Scrub the mushrooms very well + then take a spoon and scoop out the ruffled underbelly and stem. I suppose this part isn't necessary if you want them chopped up, but I usually roast them whole.

Then place on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place in the oven for 10 minutes // FLIP over // then roast another 10-15 minutes.

What's your favorite way to use mushrooms?

Don't forget to read up on these other healthy ingredients:

Food for Runners: T-O-M-A-T-O-E-S
Food for Runners: A-L-M-O-N-D-S
Food for Runners: P-U-M-P-K-I-N
Food for Runners: C-U-C-U-M-B-E-R-S
Food for Runners: E-G-G-S
Food for Runners: B-E-R-R-I-E-S
Food for Runners: B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Food for Runners: G-A-R-L-I-C
Food for Runners: Q-U-I-N-O-A
Food for Runners: K-A-L-E
Food for Runners: P-E-P-P-E-R-S

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