If you are looking for a natural and easy plant-based substitute for meat, then I have just the thing for you. Mushrooms!
Happy February! What an exciting year this has been! If you have been following my Social Media accounts (which if you don't yet, please do!), you've seen the excitement that 2020 has brought to my friends and family already, and I am so excited to see this journey continue through the rest of this year. One of my most recent posts was dedicated to removing meat out of your diet, and one of the more easy and natural ways to replace it. That is by using one of my favorite types of fungus, mushrooms!
Mushrooms have a great meaty texture, and their flavor, known as "umami" is very satisfying in your traditional meat-heavy dishes. It's easy to add mushrooms into your stews, pasta sauces, casseroles, chili, and other dishes that combine meats with other bases. If you are wanting to cut out large amounts of meat or cut meat out of your diet totally, mushrooms are a wonderful option as I have mentioned above! For dishes that contain a lot of meat, simply replace a quarter or half of the called for amount of meat with mushrooms to start the transition for your family. Or, if you want to be brave, replace the meat in any recipe completely with mushrooms! Mushrooms help keep your dishes healthy, rich and give them a wonderful texture. There are so many different types of mushrooms out there, that you can experiment and pick what kind of mushroom you enjoy the most! Mushrooms are very easy to mix in with a huge list of other ingredients. They can be utilized in so many dishes, it's simply amazing!
A very delicious option for the whole family is using a giant portabello cap and cook it like a classic hamburger or steak! They are so delicious on the grill with your classic burger toppings, or you can even stuff them with some of your favorite veggies and mix in your favorite dairy-free cheese. Pop the stuffed portabello caps into the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes, and you will have a delicious dinner ready to go in no time!
Next to being an incredible meat substitute and delicious addition to every diet, they are also so rich in nutrients and so good for you! Mushrooms are incredibly rich in vitamins and minerals, and you will find some pretty incredible things inside of them including:
Outside of their nutritional benefits and the incredible things they can give back to your body, they can do so much more for your body than you might think!
Who knew fungus could be such an incredible thing to add to your diet? Not only can you take meat out of your diet and replace it with something so delicious, but you can also help reach your optimum health goals by eating more of them! Try adding them into some of your favorite recipes, and let me know what you think! I can't wait to hear about them all, and how your family enjoyed them!
This is seriously the BEST Dairy-free cheesecake EVER! Those that are not dairy free will have NO IDEA! You could also add a different topping like Oreos, chocolate, caramel, or any mix-ins! Super easy and delicious!
We used MI-DEL Gluten Free Graham Style pre-made crust but you could absolutely make a home-made graham cracker crust!
White cheesecake filling ingredients:
3 cups cashews
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup agave or honey (don't go too heavy on the honey)
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Fruit topping ingredients:
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup dates
1. Throw all cream-cheese filling ingredients into your high speed blender and blend! Add as little water as necessary to facilitate blending. Pour mixture on top of crust.
2. Place the above in freezer for an hour or so (so it will firm up).
3. For topping: throw strawberries and dates in your high speed blender. Blend until nice and smooth. Pour this mixture on top of the crust/creamcheese, which was just in the freezer for about an hour. Place the raw cheesecake recipe back in the freezer. Freeze until this raw cheesecake recipe reaches the desired consistency (5 hours or so).
4. Defrost this raw cheesecake recipe for about a half-hour before eating (or just slice from freezer and enjoy this delicious raw cheesecake).
Thank you Kathy Simons for this recipe! It is a family favorite!
These caramelly, delicious, 2- ingredient payday inspired bites are just the right size and natural sweetness for any late night craving or afterschool snack! Thank you @minimalistbaker.com for original recipe!
1 1/4 cup roasted salted nuts (we used 1/2 pistachios and 1/2 cashews)
2 cups packed, pitted medjool dates (sticky and fresh) (1 cups contains about 19 dates)
1 pinch sea salt
1. Add nuts to food processor and pulse several times to loosely chop. Set aside on a plate or in bowl.
2. Add to the food processor pitted dates and sea salt. Process until small bits remain or a ball forms. Scoop out. Form into even bites- about 16 and roll them into balls with your hands. They will be a little sticky. That's ok.
3. Begin rolling date bites into the nut mixture to coat, pressing down gently to encourage sticking. Continue until each date bite is thoroughly coated with nuts.
4. Enjoy or chill for 1 hour before eating. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze! Great for lunchboxes, snacks, or dessert! Enjoy!