Hokto Mushroom Breakfast

Start the day off right with a good, healthy breakfast, as quick as sautéing Hokto Brown Beech or White Beech mushrooms with fresh tomatoes and serving over toast. A meal worthy of  giving you enough energy to last all morning.

Breakfast shouldn’t be complicated, and this recipe takes only five minutes to create and is even vegan. Substitute whole wheat bread with your favorite gluten-free version, and you’ve also got a perfect gluten-free breakfast.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 green onion, minced
1 package Hokto Brown or White Beech mushrooms (or a mix)
1/2 tomato, diced
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 piece toasted bread, cut in half diagonally

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Puff Pastry Mushroom Cups

Puff Pastry Mushroom Cups
Serves 6 as an appetizer

Ingredients

1 box (10 ounces) Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Shells (6 shells)
8 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
2 packages Hokto Maitake mushrooms
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup Gorgonzola Cream Sauce (see below)
1/2 tablespoon parsley, finely minced

 

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Add Pizzazz with Hokto Mushrooms

Frozen dinners have come a long way since the ‘50s. Today, with the increased use of microwave ovens and less time spent stove cooking, frozen dinners have become a large part our dinner meal time. According to a Harris Interactive online survey, each American chills out with six frozen meals per month. Research by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) reports that over $4.5 billion is spent on frozen meals per year, mostly because consumers want convenience and prefer to eat dinner at home after a busy week. Summer excursions and back-to-school shopping trips cut further into dinner prep time, resulting in even less time spent on meal planning and cooking and increased spending on frozen entrees and pizza.

Fun Facts:

1. The average American eats an average of 46 slices (23 pounds) of pizza a year.

2. Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second.

3. Kids between the ages of 3 to 11 prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and dinner.

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A Look at Food Trends in 2010 – Plus a Recipe Makeover Using Hokto Mushrooms

Despite the abundance of convenience foods and drive-thrus, in today’s economy, families are beginning to cook more at home. According to research published by the Food Channel, CNN and others, quick, simple meals expressing individuality, flavor delivery, and sprinkled with a dash of ethnicity are a few of the latest trends in 2010. Home cooked meals in minutes. Hokto mushrooms can certainly contribute to that!

Also, more and more people are moving away from a “meat and potatoes” diet to include more vegetables and less meat in their home-cooked meals. According to USDA statistics, consumption for meat has been decreasing over the last three years. In fact, this trend has created a new word, “flexitarian”. While not true vegetarians and not quite fulltime carnivores (meat-eaters), flexitarians tend to eat a mostly plant-based diet composed of grains, vegetables, and fruits, but they occasionally obtain protein from lean meat, fish, poultry, or dairy. A quarter of Americans fit the description, consuming meatless meals at least four days a week, according to the American Dietetic Association.

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How To Get Started With Hokto’s Mushrooms

Now that the introductions are out of the way, are you’re ready to try a rather exotic looking mushroom but not sure how to begin? Wash? Rinse? Peel? The good news is that Hokto’s mushrooms are ready to be cooked right out of the bag. They do not need to be washed, rinsed, or peeled because they are not grown in dirt and are completely bug-free!

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