Mushrooms

Mushrooms and Bell Pepper Quesadillas

Flour tortillas

This simple, light tortilla preparation is good served with a hearty grain pilaf or a bean dish. It makes a nice accompaniment to a well-seasoned chili.

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Seitan and Mushrooms in Paprika Cream

I adore Paris. When I need to assuage my longing for this lovely city, I serve my family assiettes (referring to a generous platter of a number of components), like those typically served in the city’s vegetarian restaurants. The menus of these restaurants are not as extensive or innovative as those in the U.S. or Britain, but they do offer delicious, fresh food prepared with French flair. Seitan is a common offering. This one is an amalgam of seitan dishes I enjoyed at Le Potager du Marais near the Georges Pompidou Center, and Les Cinq Saveurs D’Ananda in the Latin Quarter. For tips on creating Parisian-style assiettes, see the sidebar, following.

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Asian Noodle Soup with Baby Bok Choy and Mushrooms

baby bok choy

Thick, hearty udon or soba noodles make this quick soup substantial, yet it’s not too filling to serve as a first course for an Asian-style meal, like a colorful veggie stir-fry. more→

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Barley with Mushrooms and Browned Onions

Mushrooms and barley are a match made in culinary heaven. Best known for their pairing in comforting soups, they make an equally good duo in this hearty side dish. Brown mushrooms yield a richer flavor than white, so give them a try.

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Sautéed Fennel, Leeks and Mushrooms

Fresh fennel bulbs

Though anise-flavored fennel is a great veggie, most of us don’t think to use it for everyday meals. Sautéed with leeks and mushrooms, it makes a nice accompaniment to pasta and grain dishes. more→

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Fresh Chinese Noodles with Mixed Mushrooms and Spinach

Mushroom varieties

You will find fresh Chinese noodles in cellophane-wrapped packages in well-stocked supermarkets, shelved near tofu products, as well as in natural foods stores.

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Mixed Mushrooms Pasta Stroganoff

Vegan mixed mushrooms stroganoff

Mushroom lovers will revel in this earthy yet elegant vegan presentation of stroganoff, featuring a multitude of mushrooms in a creamy sauce, served over pasta. Consider looking for morels, which contribute a particularly “meaty” texture to the dish. Not that we want to imitate meat, but morels are delicious in their own right.

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Rosemary Roasted Mushrooms

Roasted mushrooms rosemary

Here’s a delicious roasted mushroom appetizer that can also be used as a first course for almost any kind of meal. Use any kind of mushroom you like, or a combination of two or three. more→

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