Delicious Ways to Cook with Mushrooms


It’s hard for me to believe there was ever a time when I didn’t love mushrooms, but it’s true. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I willingly ate them and loved them. Now my refrigerator is never without some type of mushrooms. They are one of the most versatile vegetables – you can use them in appetizers, entrees, sides and sauces. There are more types of mushrooms than I can name, and I’m pretty sure many people begin their vegan journey by eating some big Portobello caps. If you have wanted to eat more mushrooms but you aren’t sure how to cook with them, you’re in luck. Here are ten ways to cook with mushrooms that you are guaranteed to love.

1. Spreads and Appetizers

Mushrooms make for some delicious appetizers and spreads. While I somehow survived a Jewish upbringing without ever tasting chopped liver, I wanted to come up with my own recipe for a friend who had recently switched to a plant-based diet. I kept it very simple: just mushrooms, walnuts and spices. The whole dish takes about 15 minutes or less to prepare. You can certainly add your own spin by using different types of mushrooms, spices, lentils or whatever ingredients you prefer. This makes a wonderful appetizer or dip for parties, holidays or whenever. Oh, and instead of calling it chopped liver, it’s now Mushroom and Walnut Pate.

Put a skillet over medium heat and add 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil. When the oil starts to ripple, add 10 oz. chopped cremini mushrooms and 1 small chopped onion to the skillet. Cook until they are browned and softened; it should take around 10 minutes. Mix in ½ tsp. dried thyme, ½ tsp. dried rosemary, ½ tsp. Herbes de Provence and ¼ tsp. black pepper. Don’t add any salt yet as salt takes the moisture out of the mushrooms and keeps them from browning. Transfer the mixture to a food processor. Add 1 cup of chopped walnuts, ½ tsp. kosher salt and 1 Tbs. water. Process until it’s a smooth paste. Taste for spice adjustments. I find I often have to add a pinch more of this or that until it’s just right. Refrigerate in a covered dish for a couple of hours. The flavors really intensify over time. Even better, make it the night before. The first time I made this, I tasted it right away and thought it was ok. The next day I tasted it again and it was incredible. Serve with crackers or toasted bread. Yum!

Stuffed mushrooms are one of the most popular appetizers. Try these Ultimate Stuffed Mushrooms,Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms, Stuffed Mushrooms with Pecans, and Baked Pesto Mushies with Crunchy Cashew Cheese, These Veggies and Mushroom Mini Bites are as delicious as they are adorable.

2. Soups

I can’t think of an ingredient that would make a more luxurious and flavorful soup than mushrooms. This bowl of Zucchini “Ramen” Noodles is filled with mushrooms and looks amazing. This Cremini Mushroom, Rainbow Chard, Shallot Soup is hearty with pasta while this Black Bean Mushroom Soupis high in protein and taste. Mushrooms can also be used to make raw soups like this Raw Cream of Broccoli Mushroom Soup and this Raw Creamy Mushroom Soup with Avocado & Miso.

3. Sandwiches

Though I have never had an authentic one, one of my favorite sandwiches is the Philly Cheesesteak. When I needed to come up with a vegan version of it, I turned to mushrooms. Here is how to make my mouthwatering Vegan Philly Cheesesteak: Preheat the broiler. Heat a deep skillet with 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add 6-8 sliced Portobello mushroom and let brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add 4 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tsp. dried thyme and ½ tsp. black pepper and mix well. When the mushrooms are browned and shrunken, add ½ large sliced onion and kosher salt to the skillet. Don’t add the salt until after the mushrooms are browned as it slows down their cooking. Cook about 5 minutes until the onion is caramelized and softened. Add 1 Tbs. vegan Worcestershire sauce and mix well. Continue to let cook about another 3-4 minutes. Slice open 2 long or 4 short loaves of bread and place on a baking sheet. Apply cooking spray (or drizzle olive oil) on the bread. Take one whole clove of garlic, cut the tip off, and rub the garlic on the bread (you may also use dried garlic powder). Spread vegan mayo on the bread, if desired. Fill the loaves with the mushrooms. Top with ½ – 1 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese. Put the heroes in the broiler for about 4-5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Cut the heroes into halves. Get a lot of napkins.

4. Burgers, Balls and Sausages

Since mushrooms are meaty and savory, they are a great substitute for meat when making burgers, meatballs and sausages. For delicious burgers, try these Pesto Mushroom Burgers, Mushroom Barley Grillers, Portobello Mushroom Burgers, Portobello Patties, and the Bad Ass “Lamb” Burger. Meatballs are meaty without the meat in these Garlic Portobello Meatless Balls. If you loved sausages, you will love these Soy-Free Glamorgan Sausages in Eggplant Bacon Wrap. Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage, Gluten-Free Breakfast Sausage, and The Gutbuster Sandwich- Homemade Vegan Italian Sausage on Baguette. Don’t worry, bacon-fans, there’s Shitake Bacon for you.

5. Sauces and Gravies

When I want to make any sauce or gravy thicker and more savory, I add mushrooms. Sometimes I add mushrooms to My Mom’s Marinara Sauce, which just makes the perfect pasta sauce even more perfect. Another pasta sauce that is incredible is my Mushroom Cream Sauce. Rich, meaty mushrooms cooked in a cream sauce with garlic and thyme makes for a hearty and delicious dish. Try changing up the types of mushrooms you use for variety and different textures. To make it: in a large skillet or saucepan, heat 2 tsp. olive oil over medium-high heat. Add 10 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms and cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Mix in 2 minced garlic cloves and 1 tsp. dried thyme. Add 2 cups of halved grape tomatoes, kosher salt and black pepper and cook until the tomatoes burst, about 10 minutes. You can help the tomatoes along by pressing down gently on them with a potato masher. When the tomatoes have burst, add in ½ cup non-dairy cream and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens a bit and the cream is heated. Add a little reserved pasta cooking water, about ¼ cup at a time, to help thicken the sauce and make it stick to the pasta better. Add the pasta to the pan and toss until it is well coated with sauce. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Serve with grated vegan parmesan, if desired.

For another mushroom cream sauce, you must try this Succulent Tortellini with Mushroom Cream Sauce. Mushrooms also help make the most amazing gravies. I don’t need a holiday to whip up a pot of  Mushroom Gravy or my Mushroom Veloute Sauce that is amazing served over pan-fried tofu cutlets or seitan steaks. You can also try this Easy Mushroom Gravy and enjoy these Gluten-Free Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy.

6. Pasta Dishes

Mushrooms and pasta are a marriage made in heaven. They can be mixed with the pasta, stuffed into the pasta or cooked into the sauce. Savor the goodness in this Wild Garlic Gnocchi with Almond Cream Sauce, Potatoes and Porcini Ravioli in Broccoli Cream Sauce, Three Mushroom Tagliatelle with Garlic Sauce, and Broccoli Mushroom Rotini Casserole. It may not be pasta but it’s close – mushrooms are excellent on pizza as in this Eggplant, Pesto and Mushroom Pizza with Pesto.

7. Risotto

Risotto is one of the most popular and elegant rice dishes. It’s usually made with Arborio rice, but I wanted to make one with brown rice. It takes longer, a lot longer, but it is possible. My risotto also has Portobello mushrooms and vegan blue cheese crumbles. It’s rich, creamy and full of flavor. To make my Brown Rice Portobello Risotto: heat 8 -10 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth or water in a sauce pan. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbs. vegan butter and 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add 4 diced Portobello mushroom caps and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are browned. Add 1 small diced onion and cook until soft and browned, about 4 minutes. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and 3 chopped scallions. Continue cooking for 1 minute. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl, cover and set aside.

Add 2 cups short-grain brown rice to the skillet and let the rice toast for about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup vegan white wine and let it reduce until it is almost evaporated. Add the simmering vegetable broth, about ½ cup at a time, stirring and cooking, until the liquid is almost completely absorbed by the rice. Continue until the rice is tender. This may take as long as 40 – 50 minutes for brown rice. Make sure you’re listening to some good music so you can sing along or reading a good book to make the time pass faster. Otherwise, you could go STIR-crazy!

When the rice is just al dente, add back the mushrooms. Cook for another 10 minutes, adding more broth or water as needed. The risotto should feel creamy but not mushy. Crumble in 4 oz. vegan blue cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Serve while hot. Also try this Vegan Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto and this Mushroom Steel Cut Oatmeal Risotto.

8. Side Dishes

Mushrooms don’t have to be the star of the dish to be delicious. They can add flavor, umami and “beef” up any side dish though on their own, they can make awesome sides. Indulge in this Cheesy Sprouted Brown Rice with Baby Spinach and Mushrooms, Potato and Mushroom Gratin, Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffing, Vegan Chestnut Mushroom Stuffing, Indian Spicy Sautéed Mushrooms, and Kale and Mushroom Gratin.

9. Entrees

When my husband and I became vegan, we went to a restaurant and had sandwiches filled with mushrooms, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes. The funny thing is that I didn’t like any of those three ingredients. It turned out to be the most delicious sandwich I ever had. I made my own version of the dish, but we ate it as an entrée. Six years later, it is still one of our favorite meals. To make myPortobello Mushrooms with Artichoke Hearts and Sundried Tomatoes: heat a large, deep sauté pan with 1 Tbs. olive oil on medium heat. Add 4 sliced Portobello mushroom caps  and let them cook without moving them to ensure they get dark and well-done, about 5 minutes. Then flip them to cook the other side, another 4-5 minutes.  After the mushrooms have shrunken and look dark and juicy, add 1 thinly sliced onion and a diced bell pepper to the pan and let cook until onions are slightly browned and the pepper is softened, about 4 minutes   Add 6 sliced sun-dried tomatoes and 1 ½ cups artichoke hearts to the pan. Season with 1 tsp. each ground cumin, dried thyme and paprika, ½ tsp. black pepper and kosher salt to taste. Mix well and let cook about 3 minutes. There should be juices in the pan from the mushrooms and vegetables. If the pan is dry, add more oil. Stir in 2 tsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce and 1 Tbs. flour. Stir to mix the flour in and let cook for 1 minute. Add 1 cup vegetable broth, mix well and let it cook on low heat until the gravy thickens. Wilt in a bunch of fresh baby spinach. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and vegan feta cheese.

Other incredible mushroom entrees include Seitan and Mushroom Bourguignon, Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie, Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff, Portobello Wellington, Sweet Raw Yam Noodles with Mushrooms and Sesame Seeds, Indian-Style Mushrooms and Green Peas, Spicy Mushroom Stir-Fry with Garlic, Black Pepper and Chives, Swiss Chard Quiche with Wild Mushrooms, and Raw Vegan Curry with Marinated Mushrooms and Onions.

10. Savory Fillings and Toppings

Whenever I make any dish that involves a filling, such as omelets, one of the first ingredients I think to use are mushrooms. They add tons of flavor, nutrition and texture like in my Quinoa, Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes. Fill your tortillas with mushrooms to make these Tacos with Spinach, Potato, Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions. This Low-Fat Silken Tofu Omelet is filled with mushrooms, while they are the topping of these Mushroom Rosemary Dinner Pancakes. Speaking of toppings, don’t miss this Savory Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Shitake Mushroom Streusel.

There are so many ways to enjoy mushrooms. All of these recipes are just the beginning. What’s your favorite mushroom dish? Let us know in the comments.

By: Rhea Parsons


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    Q: I don't know if mushrooms are herbs or not. But, I want to take the medicinal mushroom supplements and need to find out if they have estrogen activity. Can you help me with this or know where I can find that information?


    Mushrooms do not have any estrogen activity!

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    Q: How often should one eat cook food? I'm a vegan, I do not consume any meat, seafood, milk what so ever. I eat water cresses like everyday so as cook food. Like white rice with black bean sauce, spinach, and pasta at time's I'll eat some Chinese fried rice, veggie roll, steamed vegetables, any advice?


    You can eat cooked food as much as you like. However, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense raw foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, into your diet to make sure you are receiving an adequate amount of nutrients.

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    Q: Can you eat mushrooms while on the cleanse?

    A: Yes, you can consume them as long as they're raw. You can also try marinating the mushrooms.

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    Mushrooms are very nutritious and therapeutic, therefore are good for consumption as long as they are RAW! However, they are not a decomposed organic substance.

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    The manual applies when you are FINISHED with a cleanse or kit. Follow the regimen's diet. It clearly states NO COOKED FOOD. You are asking us about cooked food here. Stick to the diet plan and you will be alright! You are asking about foods no good for your condition. Whey is crap. Meat is no good. Grains are no good for you as well. They all produce too much mucus!

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    There are too many grains in that combination. Consider a veggie side, i.e. salad. We reccomend a vegan, raw foods diet, full of fresh fruits and vegetables in order for you to receive the nutrients you need and detoxify your system.

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    Q: It's been 2 weeks now since, I started eating exclusively raw. I'm even baking whole wheat bread in the sun. This was a great substitute for the cooked rice I used to eat. I'm also eating quite a large amount of grapes (red and white), as my body seems to ask for it. But recently, I noticed that my heart is beating quite strongly, and I find difficulty to bear the hot weather as a consequence. Also, I noticed a white pimple on the tip of my tongue, and this was a confirmation that there was maybe too much stimulating energy in the heart (according to oriental diagnosis of the tongue). When I eat sun baked bread, I automatically feel heat in the body. So I'm wondering if this is a good food to continue with or not. Isn't it more "neutral" (in terms of energy) to include a small portion of cooked brown rice along with the raw regimen? Just want remind you of my health issue: HPV and bacteria in the urinary tract.


    Greetings! No need to feel helpless. Feeling is very powerful and you will attract more of what you are feeling if you don't control your feeling. Please consider ordering and READING (digesting) our "Mental Science Manual" and "The Love Manual" e-books. If you had sex with the guy who cheated on you, you ignited stored residual feelings from the initial violation of your trust. Forgive yourself (and him) and move on. Okay, as far as the sun baked bread, LISTEN to your body. If you're feeling heat, it's stimulating. Cut back on eating this bread. Go back to a little brown or wild rice (very balancing). Remember to detoxify your body periodically! Full Body Detox and Anti-Viral Formula.

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    We have a couple of articles you might be interested in.

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    Q: I wrote to you a couple weeks ago asking if it was normal for me to have an outbreak only a day or two into the full body cleanse kit. You wrote back and told me that an outbreak is the body healing. It is two weeks later and I am still having an outbreak! Is this a good sign? Do you think this outbreak may continue on through my anti viral kit? I have been eating mostly fruits and vegetables, however I felt like I needed more substance and I was not enjoying my food at all... so I bought organic noodles and organic tomato sauce (sea salt only, tomatoes, no sugar, you get the point). Is adding some of this into my diet going to make the kits less effective or possibly not work?


    The outbreak is a result of your body trying to eliminate the toxicity and impurities from your body. Continue to follow the guidelines of the Cleanse.

    In regards to what you ate, YES, they make the cleanse less effective, so you may not want to eat much of cooked foods. Raw foods will optimize the cleanse. If you are having trouble staying full, try more healthy fats, like avocado, coconut cream, or raw nuts and seeds.

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    Q: In the Full Body Detox booklet it states I can have wild rice if I need something warm. I really don't like wild rice, but can I make myself a vegetable soup which I prefer. To me its more filling then the rice.


    DHERBS: Sure! Simply eat your vegetable soup instead of wild rice.

    Also I have been having sweet cravings lately. Is there anyone, besides mental will power to overcome this craving.

    DHERBS: The root cause is emotional, however, try drinking Licorice Root or Cinnamon tea during your detox. Your detox may be detoxing some old stale emotions from the 4th chakra (love center).

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    Q: Sorry to bother you again, but I forgot to ask you if brown rice and whole wheat pasta is allowed for the 20 day Pancreas Kit & Regimen?


    To achieve the desired results, it is ideal to stay RAW during the Pancreas Kit. Therefore, no, brown rice and whole wheat pasta are not allowed.

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    Q: I've been a vegan for 2 years now. I've done the FBD 3 times in these two years, but my urine is still yellow. The only time it is clear is immediately after I drink water (reverse osmosis water). If I miss a day of drinking water, my urine goes back to being dark yellow. Does this mean that my body is still very toxic? Also, is it normal to release urine 5 to 15 minutes after drinking liquids? I would think that water would need to stay in the body for awhile for proper hydration and cleansing.


    From what you wrote I would suggest you start drinking alkaline water (purchase an alkaline water machine, you can find various brands in our e-book "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual"). If you are urinating within 10-15 minutes of drinking water you are not absorbing the water, and thus you require micro-clustered water which an alkaline (and ionizing) water machine does. I also highly recommend consumption of our Kidneys-Bladder formula (3 capsules per day).

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    We provide you with all the ammo you need in our free articles. Read the articles WHAT IS MEAT?, PROTEIN PROPAGANDA, THE DANGERS OF EATING MEAT, etc. You'll have all the ammo you need to counteract or retort any meat-eater's argument about eating dead animal flesh!

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    Q: What's the best way to start on a vegan/raw food diet? I am not sure what to eat to make sure I would get a nutritious diet-you may not be able to go into that much detail but how can I get sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating this type of diet-perhaps there is somewhere on the web I find something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


    If I do say myself, the best way to start a raw food diet is to be coached by me. I run a 6 month health coaching program that is 60-90 percent raw and 100 percent vegan/gluten free/ allergy free. You can find out more about my program at I am running a special of half off my program if you sign up before march 1st. 

    Here are some other tips to get started.

    1: Join a raw food meetup group or community. Surround yourself with supportive people who can point you in the right direction. Try or 

    2: Read books like "beauty detox solution" by snyder, "80/10/10" by Dr. Graham., or "The Paradigm diet" by Adam Dave

    3: Start simple with breakfast. Always start your day with a green smoothie. read "Green smoothie revolution" by forget authors name at the moment. heh.

    A sample meal plan would be.

    Breakfast: Green smoothie

    Bridge: raw bar, handful of nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Lunch: Raw wraps made from collard greens. use a base of tahini, hummus, or nut butter. Fill with sprouts and colorful veggies

    Bridge: raw bar, handful nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Dinner: Raw pasta with a large salad

    Snack: Sorbet 


    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: I am writing you to see if you have any information and remedies for hemorrhoids. I am a Black African male in my 40's. I have changed my diet for the last 3 yrs., no meat, fish, cheese, milk, no dairy, no alcohol, no bread, greatly decreased sugar and salt. I exercise 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week, drink at least 6 glasses of water a day and take lots of vitamin c and a multivitamin but I still have not been able to get rid of the hemorrhoids. Also the hemorrhoids only come out when I have a bowel movement. I have bowel movements twice a day. Also, I have been taking horse chestnut tincture. Is there anything that you know of that might help me to get rid of them. Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Truthfully, thank you very much.


    Try our 10-Day Supreme Colon Cleanser. After the cleanse, take 3 capsules of Hemorrhoid Buster 2-3 times daily. Drink 1 cup of Aloe Vera juice daily.

    Have your read our article of "Hemorrhoids" on our site?

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    Q: I just ordered the FULL BODY DETOX and I know there's a dietary regimen that I will have to follow. I was wondering if you would approve of a protein shake that consist of (raw hemp protein powder, raw almond butter, sea salt, flax seed, 100% young coconut water & meat inside the coconut, raw carob powder,) (optional soy or rice milk or soy or rice cream)


    Doesn't sound like it will mess up your FULL BODY DETOX. Go for it! But leave out the rice/soy cream! The rice milk is okay (but it is processed/cooked)!

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    Q: I recently purchased your Parasite and Worm Kit and wanted to know what grains were good to eat during or after the cleanse. I eat Bulgur, brown rice, black rice, couscous, gold and brown flax seed and ground provisions i.e. yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, turnips and etc. Are these ok to eat during the Parasite and Worm Kit or after? Is apple cider or balsamic vinegar ok for consumption? My Queen and I look forward to removing all the parasites form our temple and projecting the increased vibration. Continue to shine the light.


    Stay RAW while removing the parasites! If you stay mostly RAW, then on a few days you can engage yourself in some of the foods you mention below (maybe once a week)! But RAW is best! Apple Cider Vinegar is the BEST vinegar to use!