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What Are Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms?

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Vegan stuffed mushrooms are a vegetarian take on the traditional stuffed mushroom recipe, which is usually laden with ingredients that are restricted from a vegan diet. This mushroom dish contains various vegetables and herbs, and can be served as either a main dish or an appetizer. Mushrooms are a source of protein, which is an ingredient that some vegan diets lack.

A variety of mushrooms and sizes can be used to make this dish depending on the flavor profile desired. Medium-sized mushrooms are the most frequently used, though whole portabella mushrooms can also be used. Any mushroom that, once the stem has been removed, has enough room for stuffing can be used.

The stuffing in this dish differs from traditional recipes because most vegans do not eat dairy products, meat, or eggs. Vegan stuffed mushrooms include other vegetables such as celery, bell peppers, and onions, as well as herbs like dill weed, garlic, and oregano. Olive oil is used to cook the vegetables in a skillet, while balsamic vinegar is often added in order to add flavor. While ground beef is a common ingredient in traditional stuffed mushrooms, most vegan versions substitute vegetables and herbs. If extra protein is desired, than many cooks add tofu, or soybean curd, or nuts to the dish as well, though nuts should be used with caution as they could potentially cause an allergic reaction.

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Traditional stuffed mushroom recipes call for cooking the ingredients in butter and topping off the dish with cheese, items which are not part of a vegan diet, so other ingredients must be used for the cooking process. Generally, the ingredients are saute├ęd in olive oil in a pan. If tofu is used, it can be added at the end of the cooking process along with balsamic vinegar, pepper, and salt. The ingredients are cooked for approximately 10 minutes and before they are stuffed inside the mushrooms. The vegan stuffed mushrooms should be either broiled or baked to brown the tops before they can be served.

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Lostnfound
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I saw a recipe the other day for a vegan stuffing for either peppers or mushrooms -- or anything, really. It called for quinoa, butternut squash, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts (most people know if they're allergic) and spices. If that's not hearty, I don't know what is.

I think people want to over-think the whole vegan thing. If you go completely vegan, you do need to do research to make sure you're getting all your necessary nutrients, but if you just want to do a few vegan/vegetarian meals a week, then life becomes much easier when figuring out ingredients. I eat vegetarian spaghetti all the time, for instance. There are so many resources online and in bookstores that people should be able to find as many vegan and/or vegetarian recipes, menus and shopping lists as they can handle.

Grivusangel
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There are a lot of vegan options for stuffed mushrooms. Quinoa is a trendy food right now, but it works very well for a stuffing base, as does rice, couscous or tabbouleh. Several companies make really good ground beef substitutes that are easy to add to something like mushrooms, and one company does fantastic pseudo chicken cutlets that can be warmed and diced for a stuffing.

It's not as difficult as it sounds to do stuffed mushrooms with all the vegan substitutes for meat and cheese on the market. All you have to do is look around.

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