Loaded Burrito

What are the three common elements in every successful vegetarian dish? Veggies, fiber, and grains. If you are craving a “meaty” vegetable, you cannot go wrong with mushrooms. Mushrooms are a solid substitute for meat in any recipes. They have a rich earthy flavor that fills you up nicely. I like to use them in dishes that call for shredded meat like tacos, sandwiches, or today’s recipe a loaded burrito.
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Wild Rice Soup

Yes, I am crazy about soup. I have it at least once a week. One of my favorites is Wild Rice Soup. This version is a vegan/vegetarian dish replacing the chicken with mushrooms. I fill it with vegetables and three types of beans giving it a healthy dose of protein and nutrients. Hot, hearty, and delicious, perfect for a cold winter night. Go ahead and flag it now—it’s sure to become a favorite.

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Wild Mushroom Ragout with Egg Noodles

I have always liked mushrooms. I am not really sure why considering they are fleshy growths of fungus. 😱 Wild mushrooms grow abundantly in the fields and forests of Illinois. In fact, there are said to be more than 1,200 different species in the Chicago region. In my yard alone, there are several edible species. The golden-brown honey mushroom grows on the roots of my oaks. I have friends who come every year to pick them.

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Turkey Biscuits and Gravy

In the 19th century, turkey hash was the centerpiece of a hearty Southern plantation breakfast. Today, it is also an excellent way to use Thanksgiving leftovers. I make a big batch of turkey hash and use it in two ways. In the morning it makes a beautiful turkey gravy spooned over country biscuits garnished with chopped onion or parsley. It also makes a beautiful lunch when spooned over leftover mashed potatoes served in a small cast iron skillet. It’s a perfect way to make leftovers an intended and delicious creation.

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