Buddha bowls, burrito bowls, acai bowls, poke bowls: the bowl trend is one of the biggest (and most delicious) food trends to hit dinner tables and restaurant menus across the nation. Full of flavor and fun ingredients, bowls can be completely customized to whatever you’re craving: hearty grains, bold spices, fresh veggies or savory protein.
It’s no secret that mushrooms are a favorite ingredient of ours and we add them to ALL of our bowls. But did you know that September is National Mushroom Month? That’s right. Which means we’re celebrating this fun(gi) ingredient a little extra this month! If you’re looking for ways to amp up your bowl-building skills, look no further than the mighty mushroom.
Five Reasons to Add Mushrooms to Your Bowls:
1. They blend the best. No other ingredient mimics meat so well and blends so seamlessly into your favorite meat dishes. Simply chop your mushrooms to the consistency of ground meat, blend the mushrooms and meat, then cook your recipe as you normally would. The result is a better tasting, better-for-you dish!
2. They’re umami-licious. Mushrooms contain umami, the fifth taste, which translated from Japanese means “yummy” (enough said!). One study showed that a traditional ground meat recipe prepared with The Blend can enhance the overall flavor due to double the impact of umami.
3. They’re a healthy addition to your bowl. Mushrooms have long been celebrated as a superfood source of powerful nutrients. They contain B vitamins, selenium, potassium and are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle (1 serving of white buttons exposed to UV light contains 879 UI*). Plus they’re low in calories, fat free, cholesterol free and very low in sodium.
4. They’re gentle on the planet. Researchers have noted mushrooms can be considered “one of the most sustainably produced foods in the United States.” ** Producing one pound of mushrooms requires only 1.8 gallons of water, 1.0 KWH of electricity and generates only 0.7 lbs. of CO2 equivalents. That’s something you can feel good about!
5. They add variety. There are many cultivated varieties of mushrooms to choose from in the produce aisle: white buttons (the most popular variety) are mild and blend well with other ingredients, portabellas have a deep, meat-like texture and flavor, and enokis offer a fun, crunchy texture. Challenge yourself to try a new variety (or all!) to make a unique bowl this month.
Celebrate National Mushroom Month by adding mushrooms + meat to your favorite bowls, then enter your blended mushroom bowl into the September Blenditarian Challenge for a chance to win $250!
* The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is 600 UI.
**Report researched and developed by SureHarvest, a leading sustainability analysis and research firm, The Mushroom Sustainability Story: Water, Energy and Climate Environmental Metrics 2017 study is the result of a two-year initiative to document mushroom production environment metrics.