Blendability is a term that's been catching on. When chefs blend meat with mushrooms, meaty dishes like burgers, meatloaf, beef burritos and meatballs can become a much healthier choice. The nutrition density of a dish goes up, it's lower in cholesterol and calories and higher in Vitamin D, potassium and antioxidants. Not to mention just a great way to work more veggies into the diet.
Compass Group North America recently developed a new initiative, Mushroom Blended Favorites, to create familiar dishes that now have a nutritional value-add, something Millenials are looking for. Compass partnered with the Culinary Institute of America-Greystone, the Mushroom Council and the University of California-Davis. They engaged in culinary brainstorming to determine the best mushroom-to-meat ratios and flavor profiles customers would go for in popular ground-beef-based items like meatloaf, tacos and hash.
Here are 7 hearty meat dishes made even better when mushrooms are in the mix. (Photos: The Mushroom Council)