Did you know that doctors recommend that you eat at least five button mushrooms a day? The health benefits of mushrooms are astounding! And with this mushroom, biltong and potato chowder you'll want to eat more than just five mushrooms!
Mushrooms are incredibly healthy for children
Aside from their immune boosting properties, they're great for improving memory. Researchers at the National University of Singapore found that eating two 3/4 cup servings of cooked mushrooms per week may reduce your odds of mild cognitive decline. This means that kids that eat mushrooms are benefitting from their incredible memory boosting powers.
Mushrooms are one of the greatest immune boosters. Some varieties of mushrooms (like the button mushrooms in this recipe) contain lentinan and beta-glucans, both of which are good for improving your immune system.
Mushrooms are great for energy. Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins: riboflavin (B2), folate (B9), thiamine (B1), pantothenic acid (B5), and niacin (B3). These help the body utilize energy from the food we consume and produce red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.
Got a picky eater?
I've often heard kids say they don't like mushrooms. That's ok! Mushrooms are incredibly easy to hide in food. Chop them up very finely and mix with ground beef in your bolognaise or hamburgers. Mix finely chopped mushrooms into any of your egg dishes. Or hide them in a pasta sauce.
It's best if you don't have to hide mushrooms and kids learn to enjoy them. Discuss the health benefits with your child, let them help you prepare the mushrooms, let them dish up their own, encourage them to have just one taste, and praise them when they do. When Lexi says she doesn't like something I have often told her it is just because she hasn't tasted it enough times. The French believe that it takes five tries before a child will start to accept a food into their diet. So gently persist!
Mushroom, biltong and potato chowder
Kids generally love both potato and biltong. This mushroom, biltong and potato chowder is a great way to get kids to eat mushrooms. And it is perfect for those cold winter evenings that seem to be creeping up on us.
2 Tbs oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbs flour
500g (approximately 4 cups) button mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup white wine
5 cups chicken stock
1 potato, cut into cubes
3 sprigs thyme
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
150g ground, fine biltong
salt and milled black pepper
Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, butter and flour and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.
Increase the heat and add the white wine. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the chicken stock, potatoes and thyme. Cook for 10 minutes.
Stir in the milk, cream and biltong and season to taste. Simmer for 2 – 3 minutes.
DISCLAIMER: This was sponsored by The South African Mushroom Farmers' Association. The South African Mushroom Farmers' Association provided me with this recipe and associated image. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and / or its affiliates, in any way. The fact is, I'm crazy about mushrooms, and want to shout it from the rooftops anyway.