Monday, December 29, 2008

Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

Today actually was the dinner that I said I was going to.  I think I've finally gotten my days straight.  Today is Monday right?  Okay well it's 12:02 here, so technically its Tuesday, but you know what I mean.  

My friend told me she was making soup, but I was anticipating a lack of protein, so I decided to make some stuffed mushrooms stuffed with quinoa.  I was incredibly pleased with my time-management, actually, but the shrooms were good too!  

Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms


About 16 baby bella or white mushrooms (enough to fill a square baking dish)
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsbp salt free seasoning (I used Emeril's Chicken Rub:  red pepper, paprika, poultry seasoning, etc) 
1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
3 tbsp dried basil
3 tsbp dried parsley
1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast
3-4 tbsp vegan cream cheese
salt & pepper to taste

1.  Preheat oven to 400.  Prepare baking by coating with a thin layer of oil, or use cooking spray.
2.  Stem and clean mushroom caps by brushing with a damp towel.
3.  Heat olive oil in pan.  Add garlic and saute for a few minutes, then add salt free seasoning, mixing to coat.  
4.  Add quinoa, basil, parsely, and nutritional yeast until well combined.
5.  Add cream cheese and mix well 
6.  Salt and pepper to taste.  
7.  Fill mushrooms with stuffing, sprinkle with paprika, and cook in preheated oven for 20 minutes, uncovered.  

Per Mushroom (about 3 per person would make a good appetizer serving):
Nutrition Information:  41.8 Calories;  1.8g Total Fat;  0.3g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  5.1g Carbohydrates;  1.3g Fiber;  2.0g Protein

Oh, cutest thing, my friend tried really hard to make stuff that I could eat.  She wanted to make potato leek soup, so I sent her a bunch of vegan recipes for it, and then she found her own recipe for vegan pesto.  When I got there, she said it came out really well, but she didn't understand why it told her to put yeast in it.  Too cute, she put regular yeast in it, when it obviously (to vegans) meant nutritional yeast.  It was seriously delicious though, even with the regular yeast.

We had a fun night, we ate, drank, there was a ton of food and not enough people to eat it.  Then we played Apples to Apples and Partini.  I am a big fan of Apples to Apples, I think because I am pretty good at reading people, so I often win.  I'm pretty competitive, so...I like any game I have a decent of winning, haha.  We were really frustrated with Partini at first, it seemed to hard, but it ended up being a lot of much so that I didn't realize how badly we were losing, and I actually didn't even care (shocker!!).

It still feels like the weekend to me!  My brother is home from school, my dad is home from work, I am just so damned confused.  So, I guess I should end this by telling everyone to have a great week!

Today's Cooking Song of the Day:  "Don't Look Back in Anger" - Oasis       


  1. I always hear such good things about Apples to Apples but never played it myself. I'm been craving a good board game lately. Maybe I'll get it and play with the husband and in-laws this week. Is it fun with just 4 people?

    I'm still laughing about the yeast. So sweet of your friend, but too funny!

  2. ooh what great mushrooms!

    and your friend sounds absolutely adorable :)

  3. Those mushrooms look so good! I will bookmark this recipe. That is too cute about the yeast, at least your friend tried =)

    I've never played Apples to Apples but I keep hearing it's a good game. I still love Candy Land haha

  4. Haha, I love Candy Land too Shelby! But Apples to Apples is really a lot of fun, and yes, Heather, you can play it with 4 people! We played it with 4 people and then later with 6 people last night. It might be more fun with more people, but it is definitely still fun with 4.

  5. Apples to Apples is very fun. We found it one day while dumpster diving and it's one of our favorite family games now!

    And yes, those mushies DO look good. mmmuushhies--mmmmm

  6. Thanks! I have a serious mushroom addiction. I'm going to make these immediately.