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Yes, you can make hearty meals without meat
Want to add interesting taste, texture and depth to your cooking? Think mushrooms. Most varieties are available year-round.
And do think outside the common mushroom box. Seek out recipes that include varieties you haven’t tried to get a taste for how different types work in different foods.
To get the most out of mushrooms, use them quickly so they remain firm and blemish-free. Refrigerate them in a paper bag or container that allows cool air to circulate and make sure they are not too dry or damp. When ready to cook, clean mushrooms with a damp cloth or rinse briefly and dry with a towel.
Want to give a few kinds of mushrooms a try at once? Try this recipe from Whole Foods Market for Mushroom and Gruyere Quiche, which serves 6-8 people:
1/4 pound cremini mushrooms, cut into quarters or eighths, depending on size
1/4 pound portobello mushroom caps, diced
1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and discarded, cut into quarters
1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
4 ounces gruy√®re cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss mushrooms with onion, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for about 15 minutes, or until cooked and firm. Remove from oven and set aside.
Prick pie shell all over with a fork. Pre-bake shell for 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
Whisk together heavy cream and eggs with 1 tablespoon thyme, salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine roasted mushrooms, onion, gruyere and remaining thyme. Spread mixture in the bottom of the pie shell evenly.
Pour cream-egg mixture over the mushroom mixture, ensuring the mushroom mixture is covered. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. More cooking tips and recipes can be found at www.WholeFoodsMarket.com.