Portobello Mushrooms

portoThis is one big mushroom.  I never ever purchased portobello mushrooms until I became vegan with my diet.    Now portobello mushrooms are on my grocery list every week.  I love them….and thankfully I can get organic ones at my nearby market.

Portobello mushrooms, a member of the cremini mushroom family,  are so meaty and I often use them as the meaty portion of my dinner plate.  I sometimes marinate them and grill them served alongside potatoes and a veggie and sometimes I grill them and put them in between a nice gluten free burger bun and add my favorite toppings.  I have also stuffed the mushrooms with cooked quinoa and herbs and baked them in the oven.  There are so many things you can do with a portobello mushroom but aside from being tasty…they are very good for you too.

One portobello mushroom has a mere 19 calories, 2 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of carbohydrates.  These mushrooms are great sources of copper, potassium, phosphorus and selenium, and vitamin D.  One cup of diced portobello mushroom supplies your body with 10% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin B6 and 24% of your RDI of niacin.

When you are going to use portobello mushrooms in your meal just wipe them clean with a mushroom brush or dry paper towel to remove any dirt from the outer portion before including in a recipe.   Do not rinse in water as mushrooms will absorb the water and won’t cook up so well.

PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM BURGERS:

2 Portobello mushrooms, wiped clean and stem removed

1/4 cup good extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 tsp. minced fresh garlic

1/2 tsp. dried basil (could use fresh if you have it)

1/4 tsp. dried thyme (fresh if you have it)

1/4 tsp. dried oregano (fresh if you have it)

Pinch of Himalayan salt and fresh ground black pepper

Mix oil, vinegar, garlic, herbs and salt and pepper in a bowl.  Pour over mushroom caps and let sit for 20 minutes, turning the mushrooms once in the marinade.  Place mushrooms on heated grill and cook for 4 minutes per side.  Place on a burger bun and add your favorite toppings such as avocado, Dijon mustard, onion slices etc.

Yummy!

 

 

 

 

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