'Tis the season for shrooms, so let’s whip up some fabulous fungi cuisine! To date, more than 75,000 mushroom species have been identified by scientists, but there are just a handful of varieties commonly consumed by human beings: Portobellos, shiitakes, creminis, oysters and truffles are a few of the more popular mushrooms at the center of some delightful culinary creations. And mushrooms aren’t just tasty—they’re also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and are low in calories, sodium and cholesterol. To help you reap these health benefits in the most scrumptious way, LivingHealthy has dug up 10 savory and mouthwatering mushroom recipes.
Portobello Mushroom Pizza
Curb your pizza craving with this veggie-licious and gluten-free take on the comfort-food favorite.
Key ingredients: Portobello mushroom caps, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil.
Why you won’t feel guilty: Portobellos are low in fat, calories and carbohydrates—they even offer a bit of protein and fiber. Since you’re making pizza without the heavy dough, splurge on some fresh mozzarella, which will add a bit more protein. Cherry tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, carotenes and xanthin, all of which are scientifically proven to be protective against cancer.
Walnut-Mushroom Veggie Burgers
These Asian-inspired sliders are made out of a walnut, shiitake and cremini mushroom mix, and seasoned with a punchy walnut-miso paste.
Key ingredients: Walnuts, miso paste, shallots, shiitake and cremini mushrooms, soy sauce, Chinese five spice powder, panko breadcrumbs, slider buns.
Why you won’t feel guilty: Walnuts are one of the healthiest nuts in the world. They’re especially rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for the brain and will make your skin glow.
Hen of the Woods Frittata
This hearty frittata, loaded with delicious hen of the woods mushrooms, is not only delicious and nutritious, but takes only 25 minutes to make from start to finish.
Key ingredients: Hen of the woods mushrooms, garlic scapes (garlic flower buds) or scallions, eggs, sweet pepper, avocado.
Why you won’t feel guilty: Avocados are packed with good fats, fiber and a variety of vitamins, while eggs add a ton of protein. Eat this for breakfast and fuel up for the rest of the day.
Shiitake Mushroom and Kale Ramen
A nice hot ramen on a cold day is just what the doctor ordered. This vegetarian recipe, which gets a burst of umami flavor from shiitakes and a boost of nutrition with kale, is simple to make and doesn’t skimp when it comes to pleasing your taste buds.
Key ingredients: Olive oil, flat leafed kale, shitake mushrooms, ginger powder, chili garlic sauce, vegetable stock, ramen noodles.
Why you won’t feel guilty: Shiitakes are one of the healthiest mushrooms in the world, known for their anti-cancer properties and immune system support. Combined, these ramen ingredients are low in fat and calories, while fiber-rich kale adds vitamins and minerals like B6, iron, magnesium and omega-3s. Opt for a rice noodle to make this meal gluten-free.
Truffle Mushroom Polenta Gratin
Does anything sound more decadent than a rich and creamy truffle mushroom polenta gratin with caramelized onions? Talk about cooking up luxury right in your own kitchen!
Key ingredients: Onion, brown mushrooms, Italian flat leaf parsley, water or coconut milk, heavy cream or coconut cream, bay leaf, mozzarella cheese, truffle butter.
Why you won’t feel guilty: Okay, so this isn’t the healthiest mushroom recipe on our list, but if you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing side dish that won’t completely derail your guests’ fitness goals, this is it! Plus, the recipe calls for low butter content and you could substitute the heavy cream with unsweetened coconut cream.
Mushroom Marinara Sauce
Use this fungi-infused marinara to add a bit of Italian flair to anything you’re cooking up, whether it’s a spaghetti, lasagna or chicken Parmesan.
Key ingredients: Mushrooms, yellow onions, garlic, tomatoes, canned diced tomatoes, red wine, Italian seasoning, basil.
Why you won’t feel guilty: The mushrooms add a meaty quality to this vegan sauce, and tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A (best known to support vision and beautiful skin) and vitamin C (which helps combat free radical damage).
Eggs Baked in Portobello Mushrooms
Fun to cook and even more fun to eat, these eggs baked in Portobello mushroom caps will make your breakfast a little more egg-citing.
Key ingredients: Portobello mushrooms, garlic powder, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley.
Why you won’t feel guilty: Gluten-free and vegetarian, this Paleo-friendly breakfast dish is low in calories and offers up a whopping 20 grams of protein.
Oyster Mushroom and Garlic Green Onion Sautee
This simple but savory mushroom stir-fry makes a great side dish or can be eaten as an entrée with the addition of a protein or grain.
Key ingredients: Olive oil, oyster mushrooms, garlic, green onions.
Why you won’t feel guilty: This dish is vegan, Paleo-friendly and gluten-free. An abundance of garlic adds antioxidants and cancer-fighting properties, while a serving of oyster mushrooms offers 5 grams of protein and a significant amount of iron.
Chanterelle Mushroom Pasta
Chanterelle mushrooms impart a delicious flavor and delicate texture to this simple and easy-to-make pasta.
Key ingredients: Chanterelle mushrooms, spaghetti, butter, garlic, marjoram, cream (dairy or coconut), Parmesan cheese.
Why you won’t feel guilty: Chanterelles offer an abundance of vitamin B3, which keeps your cells healthy, and the “sunshine vitamin” D for strong bones and immune system support. These yellow-colored mushrooms are also a good source of fiber and iron. If you wish, substitute regular spaghetti noodles with a gluten-free version like rice or corn.
Farro and Porcini Mushrooms
What do you get when you combine nutty-tasting farro grains with deliciously earthy porcini mushrooms? A super rich, surprisingly healthy meal!
Key ingredients: Farro, porcini mushrooms, shallot, thyme, chicken or vegetable stock, parsley.
Why you won’t feel guilty: This meal is not only dairy-free, low-fat and vegan (if you use vegetable stock), but farro is also high in protein and fiber while shallots are rich in red-blood-cell-boosting iron (as well as fiber).