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Mushrooms Are The New Superfood—Here’s How To Eat More

10 Mushroom Recipes To Try

According to a recent report on food trends, many Americans are experimenting with plant-based meals and are especially enamored with mushrooms. This stir-fry staple is being deemed the “new superfood”, and rightfully so, since some research suggests that replacing meat with mushrooms may help you lose weight. Mushrooms are low in calories and gluten-free, and they provide vital nutrients for runners, like potassium, vitamin D and more. Here are 10 unique ways to add more mushroom recipes to your runner’s diet.

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Tacos

Tacos are often synonymous with ground beef, but even vegan runners can eat these tacos made with beans, mushrooms and other veggies. Just wait until after a run to enjoy this delicious fiber-rich meal.

Recipe: Vegan Tacos with Walnuts

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Salad

It’s no surprise that mushrooms pair nicely with greens. But this warm salad will change the way you look at the same old boring lunch.

Recipe: Warm Eggplant, Mushroom and Kale Salad

Photo Credit: Erica Julson

Buddha Bowl

The best part about a Buddha Bowl is that you can customize it to your taste. This version includes quinoa, mushrooms, sautéed greens, sweet potatoes and a delicious green sauce. In other words, it’s packed with some of the healthiest pre-run foods.

Recipe: Vegan Buddha Bowl

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Pizza Crust

Cutting back on carbs or going gluten-free? Well, you can still have your pizza with this recipe that uses a Portobello mushroom as a pizza crust!

Recipe: Portobello Mushroom Crust Margherita Pizza

Photo Credit: Jenny Shea Rawn

Quiche or Frittata

The meaty texture and umami taste of mushrooms pairs extremely well with eggs. A healthy homemade mushroom-filled quiche is a great protein-rich recovery meal.

Recipe: Wild Mushroom Shallot Cheddar Quiche or Mushroom Asparagus Pesto Frittata

Photo Credit: The Foodie Dietitian

Vegan Bacon

I’m not going to try to pretend that vegan bacon is practically the same as the real thing. But it’s a pretty good alternative for all the veg-heads out there, since it offers a crunchy umami flavor without all the added fat.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Noodles Carbonara with Mushroom Bacon

Photo Credit: Teaspoon of Spice

Steak Replacement

Once again, I totally get that mushrooms are not the same thing as steak. But cover them in a cheese and throw them on a long roll, and you may not notice the difference.

Recipe: Grilled Mushroom Cheesesteaks

Photo Credit: Amy Gorin Nutrition

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Pizza Topping

Mushrooms are a wonderful meat-free topping for any post-run pizza. And if you think making pizza at home is labor-intensive, then you haven’t tried these two methods. The first is a thin crust pizza that uses a Flatout Rustic White Artisan Thin Pizza Crust. And the second uses naan bread as a crust. Both are hassle free crusts that only require topping with delicious mushrooms and baking in the oven.

Recipe: Cheesy Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Flatout Pizza

Recipe: Vegan Naan Pizza

Photo Credit: Living Well Kitchen

Risotto

What pairs perfectly with rich creamy rice? Mushrooms! This recipe is a lighter version of risotto, using protein-rich quinoa.

Recipe: Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

Photo Credit: Food, Pleasure & Health

Soup

Mushrooms are nutty, meaty and rich, making them the perfect base for a creamy vegan soup. The addition of green curry amps up the flavor without adding extra calories.

Recipe: Green Curry Mushroom Soup

Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian and nutrition communications expert, specializing in sports nutrition. Natalie has written for many food and nutrition publications, such as Eating Well, Spright and Food & Nutrition Magazine, and she has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. Natalie received her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. When she’s not writing, she’s creating delicious recipes, running and helping other runners reach their peak potential through food. To learn more about Natalie and read about sports nutrition topics, visit her blog, Nutrition à la Natalie or follow her on Twitter.