Although good for the soul, most classic comfort foods aren’t exactly healthy. But regardless of where they rank on the nutrient scale, you can give classic comfort cooking a healthier twist by sprinkling in a little something extra. Adding functional mushroom superfood powder is an easy way to enhance a dish’s nutrient density. Here are a few ideas.
1. Add Mushroom Powder to Your Simmering Soup
There’s nothing like a hearty soup on a cozy night in, especially when you’re feeling burnt out. Think chicken tortilla soup or classic chicken noodle. Maybe you want to try this six mushroom soup recipe or mushroom chowder with bacon bits. Whatever you’re simmering, add Om Immune certified organic mushroom powder to provide an extra nutritive — and flavor — boost. Perfect for those cold winter months, when your immune system might be down, Om Immune contains Reishi, Turkey Tail, Agaricus blazei and Maitake. It will add a pleasant savoriness to your soups, complementing the hearty root vegetables and umami already present in the recipes. Not to mention that it contains beta-glucans, digestive enzymes, fiber, prebiotics, minerals, and antioxidants that can help support immune health during the cold and flu season.
2. Supercharge Your Chili With Mushroom Powder
Chili, anyone? Another fall and winter staple, chili can be a meal unto itself. It’s easy to sprinkle functional mushroom powder into your slow cooker as your favorite chili recipe comes to life. Try Om Cordyceps to support energy and vitality throughout the day or Om Restore to help your body recover and replenish itself after a workout at the gym, or after a long day at the office. If you’re making your own homemade cornbread to go with it, don’t forget to incorporate Om Turkey Tail, which is not only chock full of immune-supporting beta-glucans, it also contains prebiotics that help assist in digestion and gut health. And don’t be stingy — ’tis the season to make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for later
3. Stir Mushroom Powder Into Pasta Sauces
It seems there’s a guilty-pleasure pasta recipe for every day of the year. Linguini Alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese, lasagna, gnocchi — getting hungry yet? If you’re planning to indulge in some noodles (or potato dumplings) anytime soon, add Om Lion’s Mane certified organic 100 percent mushroom powder into the recipe. It’s been shown to improve cognitive health, such as focus, clarity, memory and creativity, and it can also improve your mood — which is particularly helpful during a dreary cold season. Reishi, Chaga and Cordyceps mushrooms are featured in recipes for three savory sauces.
4. Add Mushroom Powder to Anything Breaded
Think breaded pork chops or chicken parmesan — even chicken piccata or chicken cutlets with creamy gravy. Add functional mushroom powder in with your breadcrumb mixture. Om Reishi, with its powerful adaptogenic qualities, antioxidants and beneficial effects on stress management (perfect as you wind down in the evening), is a healthy nutritious addition to any dinner.
5. Punch Up Chicken Pot Pie With Mushroom Powder
The delicious creamy filling with carrots and peas topped with pie crust is as classic as comfort food gets. And adding a little Om Reishi can do you one better, helping you cope with stress during the holiday season. Om Maitake can support blood sugar level and weight management. Whatever your superfood powder of choice, cook it into the filling for a nutrition boost.
6. Bake Mushroom Powder Into Brownies
Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without something sweet. While you may not have thought to incorporate superfood mushrooms into your desserts, it’s easy and delicious. By mixing a few teaspoons of organic functional mushroom powder into your brownie mix, you can give your favorite chocolate treat extra nutritional value. And don’t worry, they’re not going to taste like mushrooms. You won’t even notice it’s in there, that is aside from feeling a little extra focused thanks to you Lion’s Mane’s cognitive support or the energy boost from cordyceps.
7. Donuts Anyone?
Try something different the next time there’s a potluck at work (or when you’re all alone and a sweet tooth strikes). These aren’t your average donuts. Complete with coconut oil and Om Reishi mushroom powder, they’ll satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy twist. Even the frosting has a tasty healthy addition: organic beet powder, for a pop of beautiful (and all-natural) color.
Catherine Conelly is a former beauty and health editor turned freelance writer and digital marketer. She’s written for Shape, Thrillist, PopSugar and StyleCaster. Her work has also appeared on Forbes, Entrepreneur, the Glassdoor blog, and Adidas Game Plan A.