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.
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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Warm Maitake Pasta with Citrus Soy Dressing
(Serves 4 as part of a multi-course meal)
3 packages Hokto Maitake Mushrooms, ends trimmed and separated
1/2 pound dried pasta of your choice
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon minced fresh herbs of your choice (i.e. cilantro, parsley., green onion, chives)
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Udon Miso Noodle Soup
Servings: Serves 4
Prep Time: 5
Cook Time: 10
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10 Minute Shrimp and King Trumpet Curry
1/2 teaspoon cooking oil
1 tablespoon red curry paste
6 ounces coconut milk
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
One 6 ounce package Hokto Eryngii (King Trumpet), sliced
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 basil leaves (optional)
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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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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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You can’t beat a simple and quick stir fry! Serve this dish with a bowl of rice and enjoy the classic Chinese flavors. Here’s a new stir fry technique for you: instead of adding the ginger and garlic first to the pan, you’ll be adding them AFTER the chicken is almost cooked through. This ensures that the aromatics do not burn! (Serves 4)
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Sauteed Maitake mushrooms is a quick and easy addition that takes your burgers to whole other level. The combination of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce blend well with the earthy flavors of the Maitake Mushroom. If you’d like, you can substitute ground turkey or ground pork for the beef, just make sure you cook the burgers all the way through. (Serves 4)
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