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Blenditarian Mushroom and Ground Meat Recipes

Want to create healthier, plant-based meals that are better for the environment but still have all the flavor your family craves? The Blend trend is to create blenditarian mushroom and ground meat recipes that satisfy our physical and moral needs. defines blending as: “The process of combining two or more ingredients together so that they lose their individual characteristics and become smooth and uniform. For example, cake batter is the result of dry and liquid ingredients that are blended together in a uniform mixture.

blenditarian infographic

Today there is something new on the horizon: creating healthier, plant-focused meals that are Earth-conscious and strike a nutrition-sustainability-flavor balance. This is the goal of the Blended Burger Project, a collaboration between the Mushroom Council, The Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative (HMC), and The Culinary Institute of America.

Chefs – including MasterChef Junior finalist Evan Robinson – are using The Blend to achieve that goal.

The Blend™ trend is to add mushrooms to meat.

Mushrooms add

  • a umami flavor
  • more vegetables to your diet
  • an earth-friendly ingredient to a protein source
MasterChef Junior finalist Evan Robinson

Healthline defines the umami flavor“Umami is one of the five basic tastes, alongside sweet, bitter, salty, and sour. It was discovered over a century ago and is best described as a savory or ‘meaty’ flavor. The word ‘umami’ is Japanese and means ‘a pleasant savory taste.’ Scientifically speaking, umami refers to the taste of glutamate — or glutamic acid — a common amino acid in vegetable and animal proteins. Studies show that umami-rich foods are more filling so they may aid weight loss by curbing your appetite.”

It’s simple to start blending at home.

It’s easy to update your favorite recipes. Adjust the consistency of The Blend to suit the recipe you’re using.

Here’s the percentage of mushrooms to add:


burgers, meatballs & meatloaf


sloppy joes, tacos & burgers


one-pot meals, chili & sauces

How to create The Blend™ in your own kitchen.

The Blend 101: How to Blend Mushrooms and Meat

Step 1: Chop your favorite mushrooms to the consistency of ground beef.

This can be done with a knife or food processor.

mushrooms in food processor

Step 2: Blend mushrooms with meat.

For fillings (like tacos), sauces, and one-pot meals, saute the mushrooms and the meat in a pan with the spices.

mixing blend with taco spices

For burgers, meatballs and meatloaf, blend mushrooms and meat together and cook as directed in recipe.

fry mushrooms

You are now a Blenditarian!

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