Budget-Friendly Recipes For Mushroom Lovers

by Susan Paige
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Mushrooms are a frugal cook’s best buddy. They are super nutritious, low in calories and carbs, and add a rich depth of flavour to any dish. However, one of the best bits about cooking with mushrooms is that it doesn’t take a lot to transform them into a quick, budget-friendly meal. 

While the store-bought varieties, particularly the gourmet kind, don’t come cheap, you can easily grow your own gourmet mushrooms for a fraction of the price with the help of these mushroom kits. However, even if you don’t opt for the gourmet shiitakes, oysters or morels — which score the highest in terms of texture and flavour — you can still create amazingly scrumptious dishes using basic white or button mushrooms.  

That said, here are two crazy-delicious recipes that will delight your tastebuds as well as your wallet. 

Easy Garlic Sautéed Mushrooms 

Take sautéed mushrooms to the next level with this easy-peasy recipe that calls for no more than four ingredients — all pantry staples. Enjoy it as a side, appetiser, pizza topping, or simply as a snack! 

Ingredients (for 2-3 servings)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ounces or 140 grams of mushrooms (any variety will do) 
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Salt

Instructions

  • Clean and slice mushrooms.
  • Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. 
  • Coat the pan with oil.
  • Add mushrooms and arrange them in a single layer, making sure you’re not crowding the pan.  
  • Stir continuously on high heat, letting the pan juices to evaporate. This could take 5-10 minutes depending on the type of mushrooms you’re using.  
  • Sprinkle salt and keep cooking and stirring until the mushrooms are golden-brown in colour.   
  • Taste and adjust seasoning. 
  • An optional step is to garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

 

Beef Stroganoff on a Budget 

This blend of rich, tender beef, earthy mushrooms, and perfectly cooked pasta, all wrapped in a creamy, delicious sauce is a flavour bomb of a dish that’s inexpensive to make and gets ready to be served in under 15 minutes! 

Ingredients (for 4 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef 
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces or 225 gm of crimini or button mushrooms, roughly sliced
  • 10.5 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt, to taste 
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Fresh parsley leaves, chopped (for garnish)
  • 16 ounces or 450 gm pasta, cooked according to package 

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and butter and wait till it melts.
  • Stir in the ground beef, making sure to break the meat into small pieces with the back of your spatula. 
  • Season with salt and pepper. 
  • Add onion and garlic and cook, until the meat is nearly browned, the onion is translucent, and the garlic is fragrant. 
  • Blot away any excess grease. 
  • Add sliced mushrooms to the pan and cook until the mushrooms are lightly browned.
  • Pour the cans of mushroom soup and beef broth.
  • Stir in Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and paprika. 
  • Bring the mixture to simmer over medium heat, for about 3-4 minutes. 
  • Reduce heat to low and add the sour cream. Stir well.
  • Adjust seasonings and sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving over cooked pasta. 

Rustle up these easy mushroom dishes that are frugal yet flavourful in a big way, and will make your weeknight meals extra special on a dime! 

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