Vegetarian: why mushrooms are a good meat substitute
Mushrooms are little miracles that can be used for a tremendous wide range of dishes.
Whether you are vegetarian, flexitarian or just someone looking to eat less meat, you have probably noticed that mushrooms take centre stage in many meatless recipes. Scelta uses our continuously changing environment as an opportunity to keep developing tasteful, healthy and sustainable “Dutchrooms” that are adaptable to a meal for everyone.
As written above, mushrooms – we also like to call them “Dutchrooms” – contain high levels of nutritional values that fit perfectly in our daily and healthy lifestyle. At Scelta we think it is important to pay attention to our next generation as well and because of that sustainability is a part of our philosophy, as we want to contribute towards a better society.
In fact anticipating on less meat consumption matters, because it makes us capable to introduce even more people to the world of our lovely mushrooms. In addition it is actually an extremely versatile product and we are more ready than ever to share our knowledge and advantages of our tasty mushrooms with you.
Without a doubt, mushrooms are a good meat substitute although they are not packed with protein. However these little miracles surpass meat in many characteristics: they are rich sources of vitamins and minerals for instance selenium, zinc, vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6 and B12. Moreover they are full of substances with antioxidant and do not contain fat and carbohydrates. They are the only vegetable that contains vitamin D naturally as a result of their exposure to sunlight.
With this in mind we realise that we have some raw diamonds in our assortment such as IQF cremini and Portobello mushrooms that have a “meaty” texture from itself. Besides they add a flavour known as umami that tends to be very satisfying, which makes them ideal to add in pasta sauce for example to maintain a rich flavour and texture while reducing or eliminating the meat they contain. In dishes that contain large amounts of meat, replace a quarter to a half of the meat with mushrooms to make a dish lower in calories and still delicious.
In fact our Ecopouch mushrooms are perfectly suitable for the trending blendburger for several reasons. It involves taking freshly gathered mushrooms and cooking them in their own juice, no blanching and nothing added. The result is clean label, shelf stable mushrooms and the freshest taste and texture ever with a two year unrefrigerated shelf life.
By mixing chopped Ecopouch mushrooms and beef, swapping the meat proteins for those mushrooms. It is an easy way to increase eating vegetables and decrease meat consumption while maintaining the meaty satisfaction.
In conclusion “Dutchrooms” are a very delicious, healthy and sustainable vegetable and therefore they can reduce the current meat consumption easily. Actually eating a (blend)burger has never been so delightful; low in calories, carbohydrates, fat and sodium. Eventually we do believe mushrooms should be a part of every meal.