Mushrooms as a Meat Alternative?
Happy Meatless Monday!
Mushrooms are an amazing food. They are meaty, juicy, and chewy. Their umami flavor lends itself to an endless array of dishes and cuisines. A common misconception though, is that due to their meaty, earthy flavor, mushrooms can be a good replacement for meat. This is further exacerbated by offering vegetarians a Portobello mushroom steak at cookouts.
Mushrooms are a great source of nutrients, but protein is not one of them. A 3-ounce serving has just 3 grams of protein. Compare that to 20-25 grams of protein for a comparable serving of chicken or beef.
On the bright side, mushrooms are extremely low in calories. They are a great source of B vitamins. They are a source of many minerals: selenium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and manganese, for example. Additionally, mushrooms are a source of antioxidants.
If you are leading a plant-based diet, add mushrooms to your lentil and bean dishes to spruce up their flavor.
What’s your favorite mushroom recipe?