Your endlessly packed days are tolerable for a couple of reasons - there is the bliss of bedtime of course, but shortly before that comes dinnertime with your family. There's just one little problem about dinnertime - someone has to do the cooking. Those ingredients aren't going to throw themselves together for a delicious meal all by themselves, now are they? There is something about including mushrooms in your recipes. The most ordinary pedestrian recipes become something worth celebrating. No matter what it is you have in mind - vegetables, chicken, fish or anything, mushrooms somehow say 'special' better than any other ready-to-use ingredient. Let's try cooking mushrooms in this way- a simple recipe that gets a little extra oomph just because the mushrooms decided to show up.

First up on our list of recipes for imaginative ways of cooking mushrooms comes chicken chili with mushrooms. All you need to throw this delicious recipe together are a pound and a half of diced tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, a pound of red kidney beans drained, a pound of fresh mushrooms nicely sliced up, and a a pound of boneless chicken thighs. You will also need a couple of cups of corn and a little chili powder. Now to get dinner together, take out a large sauce pan, throw in the tomatoes, the beans, the mushrooms the chicken and the corn together, stir a couple of cups of water in, and add chili to taste. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down, cover it up, and allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes. It should cook itself into something delicious while you put your feet up. You can serve it with tortilla chips.

Next up on our list is fish fillets with mushrooms. What you need to start out is a pound of fresh snowy white mushrooms nicely sliced up, a pound of boneless white fish fillets, a cup of couscous, about a pound of marinated artichoke, a cup of fresh tomato sliced up, and a little bit of instant minced onion. Take out a large skillet, throw in the mushrooms, the artichoke with its liquid, a couple cups of water, the couscous, the instant onion, a couple of spoons of salt, and mix it all together. Bring out the fillets, and line them up over the mixture and top it all with tomato chunks. Once it's started to boil, turn the heat down and keep it covered and let it simmer for about 10 minutes cooking mushrooms and fish alike, until the couscous absorbs all stray liquid. It's a great healthy meal for the family, and it takes no time.