Healthy Mushroom Recipes for Tasty Meatless Meals

Gisela Possetto 2021-10-25

Mushrooms are the stars of gourmet health food. Fortunately, nowadays we have the possibility of growing them ourselves as a truly sustainable and healthier alternative to canned or packed mushrooms. Read on for some of the best growing kits available online and a couple of healthy mushroom recipes for tasty meatless meals.

Mushrooms have a lot of benefits: they are a great source of potassium, which is vital for muscle health and recovery. It's also good at lowering blood pressure and decreasing the effects of a high-sodium diet. They're a fundamental ingredient at home in plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian diets, and can be also be compatible with keto and paleo diets, too.

Well then, let's dive into the world of exotic gourmet mushrooms for you to prepare the most delicious healthy mushrooms recipes. Let's see some general details first and then we'll move to more extensive reviews.

Our Top Pick for Healthy Mushroom Recipes

North Spore - Blue Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

A Blue Oyster mushroom kit so easy to set up and follow! They are very reliable producers and tend to yield large flushes of mushrooms. Buy on Amazon

North Spore - Lion's Mane Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

A favorite among chefs, Lion's Mane shrooms are often used as a substitute for lobster, crab, or certain kinds of fish in some recipes. This variety is not only exquisite, but it is low in calories and fat, and high in proteins. Buy on Amazon

North Spore - Golden Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

Enjoy harvesting and cooking your own healthy and delicious Golden Oysters mushrooms. They are vegan/vegetarian, low in calories, and have numerous health benefits. Buy on Amazon

North Spore - Pink Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

Perfect for chefs, cooks, hobbyists, and gardeners. This kits is designed to be easy enough for beginners or pro growers. Harvest at any time of the year. Buy on Amazon

Without more ado, let's check more in detail these mushroom growing kits as well as some very tasty and healthy organic recipes you can prepare at home!

North Spore - Blue Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

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Sustainable Warriors Score
3_5

Buy on Amazon

What I Like

  • Gourmet and delicious mushrooms!
  • Healthy properties
  • Perfect as a meat sub

What I Don't Like

  • You should grow this in warmer weather for better results

All the products we'll review from now on are brought to you by the North Spore, a leading company in the manufacturing of organic mushroom kits for you to prepare your healthy mushroom recipes.

This kit is to grow Blue Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) that are not only delicious but they also contain very little fat, and are high in both protein and fiber, riboflavin, and niacin. All beneficial for our health, even more for veggies. Oyster mushrooms in particular are a way to pack a lot of flavor and texture into a tasty meal without adding a lot of calories.

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One piece of advice as regards any type of gardening and growing your own food: stay calm and patient and let nature do your work. Consider that the energies you're transmitting to your produce are crucial for their thrive and by "energies" I mean proper care, patience and love.

I particularly love this kit because blue oysters have definitely that extra flavor -that probably comes with its more extensive growing- and they are not easy to be found at regular markets, right? Well, this kit brings the opportunity to have exquisite blue oysters at home to prepare healthy mushroom recipes or just enjoy them sauteed on some butter as a dip!

North Spore - Lion's Mane Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

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Sustainable Warriors Score
5_5

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What I Like

  • Gourmet and exotic variety
  • Harvest in no more tha 2 weeks
  • Instructions are easy to follow and clear

What I Don't Like

  • Even though it says two weeks, stay patient with these ones.

Lion's Mane mushroom kits are one of the easiest of all among North Spores growing kits.They are very reliable producers and tend to produce multiple rounds of mushrooms, or so they say. They tend to dry out if the ambient humidity is too low, so you should grow them in the kitchen or bathroom during the winter, just in case.

Lion's Mane mushrooms are frequently used as a substitute for lobster, crab, or certain kinds of fish in some recipes. And it not only tastes delicious, but it is also low in calories, has no fat, and the protein content is proportionately high, which is great if you are on a full vegan diet. Remember to combine your sources of protein to keep everything balanced.

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I have recently read about how healthy Lion's Mane mushrooms are for you: they can improve your memory, focus and concentration, they have anti inflammatory antioxidant properties and so on. I also knew that they are extremely delicious and equally as hard to find fresh in stores.

As I love fresh mushrooms, when I saw this grow at home kit I was very excited! It came quickly with explicit directions. However I recommend you read them through before starting. It was simple to set up and I'm waiting patiently for them to be ready.

I have ordered previously other mushroom kits from the North Spore company and they have always been extremely fruitful and delicious. The last one yielded four crops! So fun to have fresh mushrooms growing in your own kitchen. There are so many you will have enough to freeze or dry. Highly recommended!

North Spore - Golden Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

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Sustainable Warriors Score
4_5

Buy on Amazon

What I Like

  • Practical growing kit
  • Clear instructions
  • Can be grown all year round!

What I Don't Like

  • Packaging could be improve to guarantee the right amount of colonization.

The golden oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) is an Asian species popular with a bunch of hobbyist growers out there for the gorgeous yellow color of the caps and the versatile, cashew-like flavor. It is also relatively easy to grow and can produce huge crops. Golden oyster mushrooms are, as most mushrooms, a good way to add super extra flavor and texture without adding a lot of calories.

Chefs, cooks, hobbyists, and gardeners consider golden oysters true delicacies. These kits are designed to be easy enough for beginners but also strong enough for anyone who loves mushrooms and wants to grow them indoors at home. These kits can be grown and harvested any time of the year, which is great. Read below for one of the may possible healthy mushroom recipes to prepare with golden oysters!

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Pan Fried Oyster Mushrooms Recipe

In this simple Oyster Mushrooms recipe, combine garlic and thyme with some homegrown yellow, pink, or blue oyster mushrooms (your choice).

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces oyster mushrooms cut into evenly sized pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed 5
  • Sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter (use more as needed)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Spread the mushrooms out in a single layer. Cook, undisturbed for 3-5 minutes until they start to brown.
  3. Stir the mushrooms and cook for another 3-5 minutes until browned all over.
  4. Add the butter, garlic, and thyme to the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Cook for another 5-6 minutes, spooning the butter over the mushrooms until they are dark brown and slightly crispy. Enjoy over a slice of bread or just alone!

North Spore - Pink Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit

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Sustainable Warriors Score
5_5

Buy on Amazon

What I Like

  • Easy to use
  • Harvest gourmet mushrooms at home!
  • Kit contains a sawdust block colonized with vigorous live organisms

What I Don't Like

  • Pricey, but you have to try once at least!

The pink oyster mushroom (Pleurotus djamor) is very much alike most other oyster mushroom species, except for it's beautiful bright pink color. Its taste is also very similar to that of other oysters. But again, the Pink Oyster grows quickly, probably more faster than its oyster relatives. Besides, it fruits heavily!

Each kit contains a block of growing substrate pre-populated with with mushroom mycelium, a sprayer for watering (very important!) and a complete easy to follow guide on growing and harvesting your mushroom crop.

Enjoy harvesting and cooking your own healthy delicious mushrooms. You can use any recipe for oyster mushrooms. Mushrooms are vegan/vegetarian, low in calories, and have numerous health benefits. Please, enjoy next another recipe for you to prepare one of the many beyond delicious healthy mushroom recipes.

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Roasted Pink Oyster Mushroom Veggie Sandwich

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch ground pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced in rings
  • 2 small or 1 large zucchini, sliced in sticks
  • 4 pink oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • 12 slices whole grain seedy bread
  • 4 slices of any cheese of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. In a measuring cup, mix together the oil, vinegar, Dijon, garlic, salt, and pepper until combined.
  2. Place all the veggies in a large bowl or and toss with the vinegar mixture and allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or longer if you wish.
  3. Roast the marinated vegetables for 20 minutes, or until soft but not mushy.
  4. Prepare the sandwiches: toast or grill the slices of bread.

This is one layering option: 1 slice of bread, prepared veggies, second slice of bread, slice of cheese, more veggies, and then the last slice of bread. Serve sandwiches warm with plenty of napkins!

All in all, not only are mushrooms super healthy, containing proteins and vitamin D (and very few calories), but they're also very rich in this so particular earthy flavor. When cooking mushrooms, the sky is really the limit -- they get along so well with so many different dishes and cuisines that you will have infinite possibilities for different healthy mushroom recipes.

More options here: 7 of the Best Mushroom Kits to Grown your Own at Home

Hoped this couple of reviews help you find the right mushroom growing kit for you. Please, try them! You won't regret it.

If you a re interested in knowing a little bit more about mushroom and how to cook with them, please check our article: Organic Mushrooms: 3 Recipes that Will Make your Mouth Water.

Gisela Possetto

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