Monday, May 28, 2012

Veggie Stuffed Mushrooms

I've been in some what of a Meatless Monday rut.  I didn't grow up eating very many meatless meals and sometimes I have trouble thinking of new ideas.  This one came from seeing my Easter menu and realizing that I forgot to make the dang mushrooms.  I figured that I might have a good idea for something new for Meatless Monday.

These were delicious.  The mushrooms give a really meaty texture so if you're still on the fence about going meatless I think this would be a great place to start. 

Veggie Stuffed Mushrooms:

4 large portobello mushrooms, gills removed
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus some to drizzle on top
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 box frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed as dry as possible
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon olive oil.  When the oil is hot add the onion and bell pepper.  Once the onion starts to brown add the garlic and carrots.  Let everything cook for about a minute.  The carrots still need to be pretty crunchy.  Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.

Add the breadcrumbs, cheese, spinach, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and seasonings.  Mix everything to combine.

Brush each mushroom cap with a little olive oil and begin to stuff them. 

Once each mushroom is as full as you'd like it to be place them on a baking sheet and drizzle the top with a little more olive oil.  Bake for 15-20 minutes and enjoy.

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