It’s easy to go meatless with these delicious main dish recipes--all under $2.00 per serving!
When we want to replace or reduce meat in a recipe in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, we often reach for portobello mushrooms.
By our lights, portobellos—brown button mushrooms grown to a larger, meatier size, with a pronounced, earthy flavor—are about
as close to a juicy steak as the plant kingdom comes. Just try a grilled portobello cap on a bun with burger fixings, for
proof. At just 42 calories per cup, the satisfying ’shrooms also provide plenty of nutrients, including magnesium, selenium
and fiber. And, as one of nature’s best sources of ergothioneine, an antioxidant that helps prevent the buildup of plaque in
arteries, they’re a heart-healthy choice too.
Besides their nutritional merits, choosing portobellos (and other plants) instead of meat to build a meal around can help you
reduce your carbon footprint. According to a recent report by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the international
livestock industry generates around 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions (due mostly, ahem, to animal-based
“methane emissions”). That is more than all forms of transportation combined, from airplanes to Hummers. So every time you
replace a meat-centric meal with a meatless one, you’re being gentler on the planet (and usually on your wallet too).
These easy recipes show how deliciously portobellos can win carnivores’ hearts. Finely chopped, portobellos stand in
beautifully for ground meat, absorbing and complementing other flavors; try them with smoky barbecue sauce in a quesadilla
filling or in a garlicky-gingery stir-fry. Toss sautéed slices with pasta and a wine-enriched sauce. Or leave the caps whole
and stuff with a rich spinach-ricotta-Parmesan blend. Pure satisfaction, with no steak knives required.