Vegetable Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

 

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I’ve recently tried this and absolutely loved it. I like to have at least two nights a week where I don’t eat meat so this fits in perfect. It’s all vegetables and very healthy. It can be served with a side of pasta or just with a salad.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large portabella mushrooms, washed, wiped and stem removed.
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 2 medium zucchini  diced (skins or no skins doesn’t matter)
  • 1 roasted red pepper diced ( you can roast one or used jarred)
  • 6 to 8 whole sun-dried tomatoes diced (or 1/2 to 3/4 cup or diced sun dried tomatoes)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 large handful of fresh baby spinach (more if you really like spinach)
  • Teaspoon of oregano or Italian spices
  • sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • cup of 2% Mozzarella Cheese
  • spaghetti sauce to coat your plate under the mushroom when serving *optional*

Directions:

  1. Line a sided baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure mushrooms are clean and dry. Rub each mushroom with a bit of olive oil and set them on the sheet, stalk side up. Sprinkle a teaspoon of Balsamic vinegar in each mushroom cap. Let sit.
  2. In a  saute pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil then the onions and garlic. Saute for 3 or 4 minutes, then add the zucchini and continue to cook as the zucchini begins to soften. Next add the red pepper and tomatoes. Cook for another few minutes. When the onions have become translucent and soft. Cook for one minute and add the spinach.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Once the spinach wilts, remove the pan from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients, except the mozzarella . Stir to combine.
  5. Stuff each mushroom with a quarter of the mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes.
  7. Now, top each with the mozzarella and continue baking for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is just beginning to get golden on top.

Then enjoy !!!!

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Zucchini Bread

   

There was a lot of rain so far this year and the zucchini’s grew much bigger than usual. I don’t usually eat zucchini but I will eat zucchini bread. It tastes like carrot cake to me and I love carrot cake. One big zucchini will make 2 loaves of bread… I know this because I just made some yesterday and it turned out awesome 😉

Ingredients: (this will make 2 loaves )

  • 3- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups of seeded, grated zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 500*
  2. In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients together
  3. In a separate bowl mix together all wet ingredients
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients into the dry
  5. After the mix is blended well fold in the cup of nuts
  6. Use cooking spray or grease 2 standard loaf pans
  7. Pour equal amounts into pans and bake for one hour.

It is optional but I always buy cream cheese icing and either drizzle over the top after its cooled (I do this by placing the icing in a small baggie and making a very tiny hole in a corner to squeeze it out of ) or I just smear it on like a cake … but that’s the sugar junkie in me 🙂 Some people even add a cup of chocolate chips for the kids……enjoy !!