Farm-to-Table Holiday Feast

Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. Its not about nutrients and calories. Its about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity. Louise Fresco

 

What could be more special than sharing a meal with your loved ones composed of whole, organic foods this holiday season? Bring the farm-to-table movement into your home with Back to the Roots growing kits, for a meal they’re sure to remember!

More than a passing trend, the farm-to-table movement represents a new standard in high-quality clean eating admired by chefs and tastemakers around the world. Consuming local and well-farmed food avoids chemicals found in conventional market produce while reducing the environmental impact of large-scale farming practices. Most importantly, farm-to-table food just tastes better!

In just 10 days, you can grow a delicious batch of oyster mushrooms with Back to the Root’s Organic Mushroom Farm. Healthful, sustainable home-grown food you’ll feel good about serving for holiday gatherings and casual suppers too.

Often the unsung hero of the culinary arts, mushrooms are versatile, making them a perfect centerpiece for holiday dishes! Not only are oyster mushrooms delicious and high in nutrients, but they provide multiple benefits ranging from antibacterial to antioxidant properties.

So this holiday season, grow, prepare and enjoy a mushroom feast that your friends and family won’t stop raving about!

 

Oyster Mushrooms on Melted Brie Toast from Iglika of Sprig of Thyme is the perfect start to any holiday meal. Creamy brie pairs well with buttery and crunchy oyster mushrooms for a mouth-watering appetizer. Substitute home-grown pearl oyster mushrooms for yellow ones and get the farm-to-table party started!

 

 

 

Serve a healthful and hearty harvest salad bursting with flavor. Fred Bollaci of La Dolce Vita combines wild rice, madeira wine, swiss chard, pecans, roasted oyster mushrooms and pomegranate seeds for a side dish that’s anything but boring.

 

 

 

 

A traditional oyster stuffing gets a makeover with delicious oyster mushrooms replacing their shellfish counterpart. Tom Douglas of Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking‘s Rustic Bread Stuffing with Dried Cranberries, Hazelnuts & Oyster Mushrooms is a crowd pleaser that your friends and family are sure to go back to for seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

David Tanis for Food and Wine knows that no holiday meal is complete without a succulent roast turkey seasoned with sage, thyme and garlic on the table. To enhance the bird’s flavor, Tanis creates a woodsy mushroom medley gravy your guests will drool over.

We recommend snagging one of Back to the Roots Herb Kits and growing the sage yourself!

 

 

 

 

For a vegetarian main course option that will win over any meat-eater, check out Victor of IFOODBLOGGER‘s Ricotta and Oyster Mushroom Lasagna. This decadent rich dish is warm and hearty with “meaty” oyster mushrooms layered between pasta sheets overflowing with mozzarella and ricotta cheesy goodness.

Best part of this lasagna recipe is that it is quick to assemble, but your family and friends will think you slaved over it for hours.

 

 

 

We can’t wait to see all your mushroom creations, tag us at @backtotheroots_official to show off your home-grown dishes! Bon appétit!

 

 

 

– Jan S. 

 

 

 

Referenced recipes:

Sprig of Thyme | La Dolce Vita | Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking| Food & Wine | IFOODBLOGGER 

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Why We’re Obsessing Over The Oyster Mushroom

You might know the oyster mushroom as an ingredient that you throw into some of your favorite recipes, ranging from fresh oven-baked pizzas to crunchy mushroom tacos with a spicy kick. However, this fun-gi is more than just an ingredient! Aside from the yummy taste and texture, this mushroom has numerous health benefits. Let’s take a look at a few of the valuable nutrients that can be found in our favorite mushroom:

Vitamin D

1 cup of raw oyster mushrooms provides you with about 4% of your daily vitamin D needs! Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” as our body creates it in response to sun exposure. However, this essential vitamin can also be found in certain foods, oyster mushrooms being one of them. Vitamin D plays an important role in promoting healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis.

Iron

What else does one cup of oyster mushrooms provide? 12% of the daily iron intake for men and 6% for women! Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and helps to transport oxygen to the rest of your body. Therefore,  iron (and oyster mushrooms) make for healthy cell functioning!

Zinc

Last but not least, oyster mushrooms are a great source of Zinc, as it provides about 9% of your daily value. Humans do not need an excessive amount of zinc in their bodies, however, some amount of zinc is critical. Zinc plays an important role in creating healthy DNA functioning and a strong immune system.

Liking the oyster mushroom a bit more now? I know we are! These guys are seriously awesome.

Have you ever thought about growing your own oyster mushrooms? Not only will you get necessary nutrients and a tasty treat, but you will also get to experience all of the excitement that comes along with indoor gardening and growing your own food!

Check out the Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm  – a complete kit that comes with everything you need to grow your own pearl oyster mushrooms in just 10 days!

– Kalene S. from the Back to the Roots team

 

 

Referenced materials:

Health Benefits Times | Medical News Today | SF Gate | WebMD | Health Beckon | Organic Facts 

 

 

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