I’ve mentioned at least once before that mushrooms used to frighten me. Like literally SCARE me! I can visualize them crawling around the kitchen counter on their own. /Random Carmen-Trivia. You’re welcome.
Ok ok, sorry… here are some enlightening portobello facts for realz…
1. Portobello vs Portabella
I’ve searched high and low to find which spelling is correct: Portobello vs Portabella. Turns out, they both are and package labeling is based on marketing brand. I personally decided that Portobellos are “boy” mushrooms while the Portabellas are “girls”… for this recipe, I’m using boys. *ahahaha*
2. Adult Criminis
Yes, you read that right… the Portobello is actually a grown-up crimini mushroom! When the little brown crimini grows to be about 4 inches wide, he becomes a Portobello. *awww!*
3. Health Benefits
These guys (or girls) are low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber; they’re an excellent source of copper, which your body uses to make red blood cells and carry oxygen all around your body; contain riboflavin, for maintaining healthy red blood cells; pantothenic acid, which helps release energy from the fat, carbs, and protein in the food you eat; and niacin, for healthy skin and tip-top functioning digestive and nervous systems! As a matter of fact, a single Portobello contains more potassium than a banana, which helps maintain normal heart rhythm and muscle and nerve function… which helps control blood pressure.
Alright… now that you’ve fed your brain some, it’s time to feed your tummy!
These healthy, grown-up brown criminis stuffed with quinoa and cheese are DA BOMB DOT COM! It’s our favorite Portobello Mushroom recipe so far! The recipe makes four mushrooms, but the photo way up top shows three… we sorta “taste tested” one as soon as I took them out of the oven. #hewasdelicious
Let me tell ya… the mushrooms are so meaty… the ricotta coated quinoa, spinach, and sundried tomatoes makes a very creamy and flavorful filling… and the parmesan topping – OhhhEmmmGeee! Both J and I are fans… easy to make and leaves our tastebuds and tummies sooo freakin’ happy!
- 1/3 cup dry quinoa pre-rinsed
- 2/3 cup water
- 4 large portobello mushrooms caps & gills removed (You can keep the gills in, but I noticed they stain... so I took em out. Plus removing them leaves more room for the filling!)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper divided
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
- ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese divided
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Add quinoa and water to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Turn off heat and leave quinoa on stovetop for 5 minutes.
- While quinoa is cooking, place mushrooms, open-side up, on prepared pan. Sprinkle with salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook for approximately 10 mins, or until mushrooms are tender. Drain excess water and return caps on pan, open-side up.
- Mix ricotta, spinach, tomatoes, ¼ cup Parmesan, garlic, Italian seasoning and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Add ricotta mixture into pot of cooked quinoa and combine.
- Spoon a generous amount of the quinoa filling into each mushroom cap and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup Parmesan. Bake at 450°F for about 10 minutes or until hot.
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