King Oyster Mushroom Fajitas

While you could also use portabella mushrooms to make a delicious fajita, I’ve found that the king oyster mushroom is a great replacement for chicken or beef in this classic Mexican dish. 

Recipe and photo by Louisa of Living Lou

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

3 tbsp canola oil, divided
1 small red bell pepper, sliced
1 small yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
2-200g pkg. sliced king oyster mushrooms, thinly sliced
¼ tsp each cumin, chili powder, oregano and salt
Fajita toppings (cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado, cilantro etc.)
Tortillas

 

Method

1. Heat an extra large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp canola oil then bell peppers and onion. Cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Remove to a plate and tent with foil.
2. Add remaining 2 tbsp canola oil, then mushrooms. Cook until caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add spices and salt, cook another 3 minutes.
3. Serve mushrooms with peppers and onion and other fajita toppings.

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Vegan Mushroom & Butternut Squash Cottage Pie

This cottage pie is vegan and the mushrooms make it so meaty and rich. The sweetness of the squash make an amazing companion to the mushrooms and the smokey paprika warms the whole dish. If you’re not vegan, feel free to add real butter and even a little sprinkle of cheese in (and over) the mashed potato topping.

Recipe courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 45 mins.

Ingredients

4 large russet potatoes, cubed
sea salt
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup butter or non-dairy butter, melted
1/4 cup warm vegetable stock or milk (dairy or non)
2 tbsp olive oil
24oz button mushrooms, rough chopped
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cups cubed butternut squash (fresh or frozen), cubed
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp tomato paste
sprig of thyme
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp (tiny pinch) ground cinnamon
1 cup dark beer
1/2 – 1 cup vegetable stock
1/4 cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper, to taste
fresh thyme leaves, to garnish

 

Method

1. Place potatoes in a pot of cold, generously salted water and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and let cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 10-15 minutes. Add the raw garlic and butter and mash well, Add enough liquid to make them creamy, starting with 2 tbsp and adding the full 1/4 cup if needed. If you want them very creamy, get out your handheld mixer and whip until pillowy.
2. Preheat oven to 375.
3. While your potatoes are boiling, heat up the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet or dutch oven over med-high heat. Add the mushrooms and let cook untouched for 5-6 minutes. You want the liquid from them to be released so they start to brown and crisp. Mix and let sit for another 5-6 minutes Repeat once more. Add the onions, squash, celery and carrots and cook until onions have softened and are just starting to brown, 5 minutes. Add the garlic, tomato paste, paprika, cumin and cinnamon and cook until tomato paste has browned lightly and everything is very fragrant, 5-6 minutes. Add the beer and peas and bring to a boil, scraping the stuck on bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the 1/2 cup veggie stock and stir everything well. If it seems a bit stodgy, add more stock. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Spread or pipe the potatoes over the mushroom mixture, drizzle with olive oil and bake until the top is golden brown. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, fresh ground pepper and serve.

Lemon & Tarragon Mushroom Pâté

This pâté is one of my favourite ways to eat mushrooms in the summer – I crave it all the time and its so easy to make ahead and keep in the fridge to snack on for a few days.

Recipe courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Makes: 1 1/2 cups of pate

Ingredients

16oz white or brown button mushrooms, cleaned and coarsely chopped
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
1 medium shallot, minced
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup pecans, chopped fine
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp fresh tarragon leaves
Zest from 1/2 lemon (about 1/2 tsp)
1/4 cup dry white wine
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp cream cheese

 

Method

1. Spoon butter and oil into a heavy skillet over medium-high heat and let it get nice and hot.
2. Once heated, add the minced shallot and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes taking care not to burn garlic.
3. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring only occasionally, until all the liquid had evaporated and your mushrooms are nice and brown, about 6-8 minutes.
4. Add pecans, salt, pepper, tarragon and the lemon zest and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
5. Add the white wine and let it cook off, scraping any stuck-on bits off the bottom of the pan.
6. Add the lemon juice and remove from heat. Take 3/4 of the mixture and place it in the bowl of your food processor or blender along with the cream cheese. Blend until smooth.
7. Pour into a ramekin or small bowl, top with the remaining 1/4 of the coarse mushroom mixture.

You can eat it as-is or refrigerate until chilled. It will keep in an airtight container for 3 days. And might I suggest a slightly chilled pinot noir or a really cold dark lager to accompany this? I think you’ll like it.

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Mushroom & Thyme Cheddar Tart

It works well year-round as mushrooms fit with every season. I just love the combination of the earthy mushrooms, caramelized onions & fresh herbs.

Recipe and photo by Marcella of Hey Modest Marce

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
1-1.5 cups of mushrooms, sliced thin (I used crimini mushrooms)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
1 cup Irish cheddar cheese, grated
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme, for garnish

Method

1. In a saucepan over medium heat add the olive oil & garlic. Once the garlic has infused into the oil, add the sliced onions, mushrooms & thyme.
2. Let cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, until the onions begin to caramelize & the mushrooms cook down. Remove from heat & let cool.
3. While the mixture cools, prepare the puff pastry. Roll out frozen puff pastry into a square, trim edges & place on a baking sheet.
4. Brush with olive oil, top with grated cheddar & evenly distribute the mushroom mixture.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the pastry edges have puffed & turned a golden brown.
6. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, slice & serve.

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Veggie Quinoa Chili

Healthy, hearty Veggie Quinoa Chili is full of plant based protein, iron, fibre and antioxidants! The perfect winter bowl to warm your soul and fill you with delicious nutrition.

Recipe and photo by Kimberlee of Picky Diet

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 60 mins.

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cups chopped crimini mushrooms
½ cup dry quinoa, rinsed well and drained
2 28oz cans of diced tomatoes, with juices
1 cup vegetable broth
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Fresh ground sea salt and pepper, to taste

Method

1. In a large pot, sauté the onion and the garlic in the oil over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and stir.
2. Add the mushrooms and bell pepper and sauté for another 5 to 7 minutes or so, until softened.
3. Add in the quinoa and barely enough water to cover it and cook on low until the quinoa has just absorbed the water
4. Now add the diced tomatoes (with the juice) and broth. Stir to combine. Increase heat to medium-high.
5. Add the drained and rinsed beans, along with the chili powder, cumin, oregano, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes. Taste and season with additional spices or salt and pepper if desired.

Tips & Nutrition

Chili is a healthy food that often is topped with less healthy items like cheese and sour cream. Keep your chili healthy by topping it with sliced avocado, nutritional yeast, chopped onion or hemp seeds.

Feel free to make this chili more spicy by adding crushed red pepper, additional cayenne pepper or any spices you desire.

I like to make a double batch and freeze it in individual sized portions to be easily reheated on busy nights.