Dinner Plans: Mushrooms

Prep 3 Delicious Meals From 1 Easy Mushroom Recipe

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms With Garlic Butter

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Portobello mushrooms are big and meaty enough that they're perfect for the grill. While you've got the grill fired up, why not stick on some extra mushrooms and make a dent in your weekly meal planning? You'll end up with three totally different but totally delicious meals with very little prep.

Game Plan

Prep Time: 45 minutes

  1. Make a batch of grilled portabello mushrooms. If you don't have a grill, make this recipe using a grill pan or cook the mushrooms under your broiler.
  2. Grill the asparagus to serve with your prep day dinner.
  3. Thinly slice 4 mushrooms for the risotto. Pack away the remaining mushrooms for meals during the week.
  4. Double-check that you have all of the ingredients you need for meals 2 and 3. If you have extra time, make the coleslaw for burger night and make the salad dressing for steak night.

Prep Day Mushroom Risotto

Time: 35 minutes

Mushroom risotto doesn't take long to make, but it does take some careful stirring for the best results. Grilling your mushrooms first will add a nice smokiness to the dish and cut out a step. Serve with simple grilled asparagus.

Mushroom Risotto
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Getting Dinner on the Table

  • Use about 4 chopped, grilled mushrooms for the risotto. Skip the sauté step and simply add them at the end.
  • Using portobello mushrooms instead of button or cremini mushrooms adds a meatiness to the dish.
  • Grill the asparagus after you pull the mushrooms off the grill until crisp-tender. Serve at room temperature with the risotto or briefly reheat in the oven, broiler, or stovetop.

Mushroom Burger Dinner

Time: 20 minutes

Portobello mushrooms are big and meaty enough to stand in for a burger patty any day. Top your mushroom burgers with avocado and griddled onions for a quick weeknight meal. Serve with creamy and crunchy coleslaw.

Portobello Mushroom Burger
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Getting Dinner on the Table

  • Use 4 of your biggest leftover mushrooms. Reheat briefly in a skillet on the stovetop with a little oil.
  • Use your favorite toppings to customize your veggie burgers.
  • Get ahead on prep day: Make the coleslaw and stash it in the fridge to save a few minutes on burger night.

Steak With Mushroom Sauce Dinner

Time: 25 minutes

Steak and mushrooms go together perfectly. Cook up some steaks (on the grill or in the oven) and top them with a flavorful steakhouse-style mushroom sauce. Serve with a fresh green salad on the side.

Classic Mushroom Sauce
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Getting Dinner on the Table

  • Chop 2 to 4 leftover mushrooms for the sauce.
  • Prep all of the ingredients for the salad and sauce before beginning.
  • While the steaks finish cooking on the grill or in the oven, sauté the shallots for the sauce until tender, adding the mushrooms at the end. Proceed with the recipe as written.
  • Let the steak rest and quickly toss together the salad. Top each steak with a generous serving of mushroom sauce.

Essential Info

Making quick weeknight dinners is easier when you start with a few building blocks. Dinner Plans is a realistic roadmap to help you achieve that goal, by putting in a few hours of work (planning, shopping, and prepping) at the outset. Preparing a big batch of one ingredient (protein, vegetables, or grains) gives you the flexibility to plan a variety of meals. And who knows? You just might discover your new favorite weeknight recipe in the process!

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