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Meatless Monday: Mushroom stroganoff

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

A classic dish with a twist!

Looking for a filling, classic, yet meatless dish for dinner? What could you possibly serve that will satisfy just about everyone? Mushroom stroganoff is a bit different from the classic you might remember from when you were young.

Mushroom Stroganoff

This pasta recipe replaces the beef from the traditional dish with mushrooms. And as you may recall, mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D (and they taste great)!

Use your noodle when it comes to eating pasta

Are you fretting over the pasta portion of this meal? Sometimes pasta gets a bad rap when it comes to nutrition. People often think pasta is fattening, but like any food, taking in more calories than you burn is what can contribute to weight gain.

The folks at Meatless Monday are often asked about nutrition and cutting meat from your diet. Here is one question, and the organization's answer, concerning weight loss:

Q. Will going without meat cause me to lose weight?

A. Not necessarily. Depending on how they're prepared, vegetarian protein sources like beans and legumes can be lower in fat and calories and people who eat less meat tend to have a lower body weight. However, meatless diets aren't necessarily lower in calories. Follow the FDA's guidelines to manage your calorie intake.

Don't twirl pasta out of your life

Think twice before you decide to eliminate pasta from your diet. Consider the following nutritional information about pasta from the National Pasta Association:

  • Carbohydrates like pasta provide glucose, the crucial fuel for your brain and muscles. Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which provide a slow release of energy. Unlike simple sugars that offer a quick, yet fleeting boost of energy, pasta helps sustain energy.
  • Pasta is very low in sodium and cholesterol-free. Per cup, enriched varieties provide a good source of several essential nutrients, including iron and several B-vitamins. Whole wheat pasta can provide up to 25 percent of daily fiber requirements in every one cup portion.
  • Enriched pasta is fortified with folic acid -- essential for women of childbearing age. FDA regulations require enriched grain products to contain this essential vitamin. A serving of dry pasta supplies the equivalent of roughly 100 micrograms of folic acid, or 25 percent of the recommended daily intake.

Pasta is eaten in many cultures around the world, in one form or another. Think about the different ways you enjoy pasta: macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, ravioli, alphabet soup and the list goes on. Not only is it delicious, it's affordable. You'll love this hearty and delicious recipe for mushroom stroganoff.

Mushroom stroganoff

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 pounds mixed mushrooms, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook the egg noodles according to package directions and drain. Set aside. To make the sauce for the dish, use a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Combine the cream, wine, flour, salt and parsley. Stir, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan over high heat, melt the butter and add the mushrooms in batches. Cook until browned. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl after cooking.
  3. Add the sauce to the pan with the remaining juices from cooking the mushrooms, and warm through on medium-high heat, stirring. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat, stir well and remove from heat.
  4. Add the noodles to a large serving bowl and pour on the sauce mixture. Toss to coat. Serve warm.

Pasta is a versatile dish that is also economical. You have lots of choices when it comes to meatless meals, but like everything, consider moderation when you eat your favorite foods.

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