One of my favorite comfort food dishes is risotto and combining that with one of my favorite fungi, mushrooms, makes this one of my favorite dishes to make. While there are lots of variations of risotto out there, this one keeps it simple, but packs a lot of flavor and goes well with nearly any meat.
Mushrooms are often called a vegetable, but they are fungi. The absence of leaves, roots, or seeds, not to mention they grow in the dark, all add up to fungi vs. vegetable. The US Department of Agriculture calls them a vegetable, however that is because they provide nutrients like vegetables. Mushrooms are a great source of niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. Did you know that you can get 20% of your daily requirement of riboflavin from a serving of mushrooms? They are also a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin D, and calcium, which most of us need more of these valuable nutrients in our diets.
So while they aren’t considered a superfood, they are still very good for you and using mushrooms in your side dishes, like risotto, gives a nice boost to your vitamin intake.