Mushrooms are often referred to as the "meat" of the veggie world - and with good reason. Big, meaty portobello mushrooms make a fab alternative to beef burgers, while chestnut mushrooms are wonderful in stews, soups and curries as a replacement for meat. There are hundreds of mushroom varieties, many of which have uniquely delicate flavours. Wild mushrooms are now much more widely available than ever before in supermarkets and at farmer's markets - so if you're guilty of only ever reaching for the button mushrooms, grab a punnet of wild mushrooms instead. We've got bags of mushroom recipes below, including mushroom wellingtons, hearty mushroom soup, chicken and mushroom in red wine sauce and steaks with a creamy mushroom sauce.

Mushrooms are much more versatile than you might think - you can throw them into soups, stews, casseroles and curries and use them as the main ingredient in a whole host of recipes. Instead of just using them as a bulking-out veggie, make them the star of the show. Choose a flavoursome mushroom variety, like portobello or chestnut or use some mixed wild mushrooms. Mushrooms stand up well to intense flavours, so don't be afraid to pair them with blue cheese, red wine, cumin, cinnamon or plenty of fresh rosemary. Mushrooms love lemon, too, so add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a little lemon zest to your dishes for an extra burst of fresh flavour.

If you want to use wild mushrooms, make sure that you either buy them from a supermarket or a farmer's market. If you want to go foraging, take an expert with you and never eat anything that you're not sure of - some mushrooms can be fatal when digested and so it's really important that you know exactly what you're eating.

If you're stuck for ideas on how to cook your mushrooms, take a look at our wide range of recipes for a little inspiration. We've got recipes for roasted mushrooms, BBQ portobello mushrooms, Moroccan mushrooms and much, much more.