My Meal Saving Secret

Meal Saving Secret

Raising four kids is a tough job for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is my grocery bill. Feeding six people is expensive any way you dice it, but feeding six people healthy foods can put a serious drain on your wallet. Our family has a not-so-secret weapon that adds flavor and health benefits, reduces calories and cholesterol, and makes meals go farther without breaking the bank:


There are many types of mushrooms, from your basic button to meaty portabella to exotic shiitake, and so many more! They all have unique flavor profiles, but generally speaking, mushrooms are pretty easy to work with and incorporate into just about any dish. They are low in calories, fat free, cholesterol free, gluten free, have very low sodium and no carbs. They also provide important nutrients like potassium, niacin, fiber, essential B vitamins, hard-to-get natural vitamin D, and more. While most grocery stores place this fungus in the vegetable category, they are so nutritionally rich, they can also substitute or enhance many meats, beans, and grains.

For my family, I use white button mushrooms and portabellas most often, and they’re on my grocery list every week. We add them to just about everything to amp up flavor and nutrition. Sauté them with some spinach and garlic to mix with scrambled eggs — top with goat cheese crumbles for some extra creamy yum factor! Add mushrooms to your brown gravy or meat marinade, toss them in a pan with some butter, fresh rosemary, and pressed garlic for a delicious steak, or chop them up for your spaghetti sauce. My mom makes the BEST portabella burgers by marinating the whole mushroom cap in Italian vinaigrette dressing then placing on the grill for five minutes per side, or until tender. Place it on a bun just like a hamburger and prepare to be amazed that you are not eating a thick, juicy hunk of meat.

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