RecipeTips.com 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.“
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™ adds mushrooms to meat. Mushrooms add a umami flavor, vegetables and an earth-friendly ingredient to a protein source.
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 & burritos
one-pot meals, chili & sauces
Step 1: Chop your favorite mushrooms to the consistency of ground beef.
This can be done with a knife or 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.
For burgers, meatballs and meatloaf, blend mushrooms and meat together and cook as directed in recipe.
You are now a Blenditarian!
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