Savory Roasted Mushroom Base for Burgers, Sauces, and Soups

Edible mushroom varieties contain a number of valuable nutrients, including protein, enzymes, B vitamins (especially niacin), and vitamin D2. About 100 species of mushrooms are being studied for their health-promoting benefits, and about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to your immune system. They've even been studied for their ability to prevent cancer. Adding this "Roasted Mushroom Base" to your recipes increases flavor and heartiness. Its an excellent method to boost the umami flavor factor in dishes. The flavor "umami," which means "delicious" in Japanese, is valued for making foods taste meatier and more satisfying. Umami is the natural flavor of glutamic acid, which, in your body is often found as glutamate; eating umami-rich foods may increase post-meal satiety, helping you eat less throughout the day. You can crumble this into soups, stews, burgers, meat sauce, or pretty much anything you want taste "meaty". The mix will keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator.

Roasted Portobello Fajitas

Quick and easy weeknight meal featuring portobello mushrooms as the superstar! They can be substituted as an excellent savory stand-in for meat. They have a hearty texture and absorb flavors well when marinated. You can get as creative as you want with toppings - the more veggies the better! Serve over whole-grain brown rice or in a tortilla (I love Udi's spelt tortillas or Food for Life gluten free brown rice tortillas). Top with homemade guacamole and make extra, because these will get devoured by your dinner guests.

Roasted Portobello and Red Pepper Tacos

A pretty simple and delicious combination of wholesome ingredients including portobello mushrooms, red peppers and red onions tossed with oregano, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper, all roasted to perfection. The cooked veggies can be stuffed in soft tortillas or folded like a burrito (I love Udi's spelt tortillas or Food for Life gluten free brown rice tortillas) and garnished with other additions like avocado, cilantro, salsa or whatever your heart desires. Add superfood boosters like sliced avocado shredded kale or red cabbage. Ready in 30 minutes or less!

Grilled Portobello Burger

This Grilled Portobello Burger Recipe will make you forget you arent eating meat! Delivering extraordinary flavor, mushrooms are high in fiber, B vitamins and potassium. Incorporate mushrooms into your dietary rotation for immune-boosting and cancer-prevention benefits. I love to pair the savory flavor with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes when making this burger. Feel free to experiment with as many veggie toppings as you want and make sure to use a gluten-free bun!

Hearty Mushroom Hummus

In the mood for a savory snack? Try this hearty version of Mediterranean hummus made with baby bellas or portobello mushrooms, garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, lemon, and parsley. This quick dip has that yummy hearty mushroom flavor and a hint of lemon. If you are a hummus lover, you have to try this variation – this is a break from the norm for sure! Perfect for dipping veggies and crackers, or layering on a sandwich or lunch wrap instead of mayo.

Sinful Raspberry Chocolate Protein Shake

Sinful indeed! You’ll wonder how it tastes so amazing yet provides 100% of the metabolic-burning nutrients you crave to jumpstart your morning (or post-workout) routine. This protein shake balances muscle-building protein, brain-healthy fat, low-glycemic fruit, and the #1 source of fruit fiber to nourish your system and satisfy your taste buds. Raspberries are loaded with 8 grams of fiber per cup. One of the most fascinating new areas of raspberry research involves the potential for raspberries to improve management of obesity. Raw cashews are a rich source of copper - a key mineral in multiple body systems. It is vital to building strong tissue, maintaining blood volume, and producing energy in your cells. Not only do raw cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. Chocolate in the form of raw cocoa powder is deliciously decadent and also is rich in antioxidants such as flavonols to promote heart health and reduce the risk of cancer. Flavonols may also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Greek Yogurt adds the perfect "tang" to enhance the flavor and deliver gut-healthy probiotics. This recipe is boosted with superfoods including metabolic-enhancing green tea matcha powder and omega-rich chia seeds. One sip and you’ll be adding this to your weekly breakfast rotation. It’s also the perfect “snack” when feeling a need for an afternoon sweet treat! Superfood Brand recommendation links are listed below.

Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Who doesn’t love a good taco? Black beans paired with creamy cilantro-lime dressing make for the ideal healthy taco dinner! These nutrient-dense finger foods pack a powerful high-fiber and protein punch. The super-quick black bean filling is made in less than 5 minutes with just black beans, organic salsa, and cumin. Simple ingredients yet rich with a variety of nutritional elements and flavor components. Black beans are an abundant source of digestive and colon supportive elements including folate and fiber. Feel free to experiment with different south-of-the border spices like ancho chili or chipotle chili powder. You can also try different pre-made salsa mixes, just make sure they are organic and not loaded with food additives and chemicals – or you can make your own with jicama, mango, cilantro… the possibilities are endless! Serve with a veggie-rich side salad for a complete meal.

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Sauce

A super quick and easy recipe, these "noodles" will inspire your tastebuds to add into your weekly meal-planning rotation! Made with only 6 mouth-watering ingredients: Zucchini, Lemon Juice, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Pine Nuts and fresh Basil. Zucchini is one of the easiest vegetables to make "pasta" with using Spiralizer. Also, known as "Summer Squash", Zucchini promotes antioxidant, blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, prostate health, and anti-cancer benefits. Paired with zesty lemon, vibrant tomatoes, creamy avocado, earthy pine nuts, and revitalizing basil, this recipe indulges the hungriest appetites and keeps you feeling full and satisfied.

Avocado and Mango Salad

This Mexican-inspired mango and avocado salad comes together in just 20 minutes, making it perfect for a summery weeknight meal or "company" food. The flavor combination of mango's tropical burst, avocado's creamy decadence, and the rich smokey spice of cumin and chili powders makes this a "must-bring" to any social event. Consider this hot, tart, tangy, and sweet! (ps. Vibrant Method recommends swapping out Agave Nectar for real, raw Honey).

Rich and Creamy Avocado Ice Cream

This delicious summer treat is made with coconut milk and raw honey. At first you might think "weird" but the creamy, fatty flavor of the perfect avocado will make you wonder if there's any rich cream in the recipe at all. Consider it a healthy snack due to the Avocado which is an excellent source of Vitamin E and K and loaded with minerals, like potassium and magnesium. You can even add some Green Tea Matcha Powder and a drop of liquid stevia for added sweetness ....and voila! You have Green Team Ice Cream. This is the perfect sweet treat without the metabolic drag on your fat-burn goals! Top with some crunchy, omega-rich pistachios and, as always, enjoy in moderation.

Healthy Avocado Egg Salad

Vibrant Method “Approved Recipe” sourced from The Roasted Root.

FACT: Fat burns fat, so don't be afraid! Studies show the cholesterol in eggs is NOT linked to heart disease. The yolk is rich with brain and vision support nutrients like fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as all the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. The choline in eggs helps your body metabolize fat for energy. In addition, the high-octane monounsaturated fat in avocado is a healthy fat that helps lower bad cholesterol and also boosts your metabolism. Nothing like a little quality fat to help you burn fat!