If your answer was mushrooms, then you are right on the button (pun intended) However, if you had any doubt, you might enjoy reading why Mushrooms are moving to the center of the plate.
Also a member of the A. bisporus family, Creminis and Portobello mushrooms are two of the more favored mushrooms. They have a rich texture that lends itself as a favorite for diners seeking to consume a heavy, satisfying meal without including “meat” as one of the ingredients. The Portobello can be cooked in place of a hamburger and topped with cheese and condiments, or even substitute for a pizza. That’s right, I said pizza and you can find an excellent recipe here. Another preferred method of consumption is to simply sauté them in an omelet or egg scramble with a handful of your favorite vegetables. The possibilities are endless; it just takes a little creativity and imagination.
In addition to serving as a hybrid between the world of meats and vegetables, mushrooms have many health benefits that few are aware of. They are rich in B vitamins, potassium, manganese and copper which are all essential nutrients to human health. An added plus is that the white button mushroom also contains vitamin C, more generally seen in oranges, apples and berries.
So next time you are craving a meat, or a vegetable…remember that mushrooms are the “meat of the vegetable world” as the Chicago Tribune eloquently wrote.
For those Mushroom Connoisseurs who didn’t have an opportunity to read A boom in 'shrooms, please give it a look, as it discusses some of the rarer varieties not mentioned in this post. You might just be inspired to move some more mushrooms to the center of your plate.
And in case you’re still pondering, the answer to riddle is a penguin with a sunburn….