Meatless Monday – Portobellos with Greens, Mozzarella & Pesto

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30 Minute Meals – Is anyone else feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of food consumed during the holidays? With my house full and bursting at the seams, my kitchen has been in full production since Thanksgiving – and we have one more holiday to go!  If you are slightly kitchen fatigued, like me, you are looking for fast and easy recipes that will still satisfy the masses.  This version of a stuffed Portobello mushroom was inspired by a stuffed mushroom I bought from Whole Foods last week while looking for an instant vegetarian meal to serve amidst all the non-vegetarian offerings, as I am the only non-meat eater in the family.  To make it a bit more substantial, I added a yummy layer of sautéed power greens (a combination of red and green chard, tat soi, arugula and spinach) that were sautéed with red onion and garlic. Topped with melted cheese with fresh pesto and red pepper flakes,  the stuffed mushroom is absolutely delicious!   This particular baked, stuffed mushroom is easy to prepare and is ready in less than 30 minutes, especially if you take shortcuts, like using prepared pesto instead of making your own.  Another shortcut would be omitting the sautéed greens, however, I think they add a nice flavor, not to mention the additional nutrition they provide. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and important cancer fighting and system supporting phytonutrients and amino acids.  They are not called power greens for nothing!

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Did you know that a Portobello mushroom is just a grown up crimini mushroom or conversely, the little brown crimini is just a baby Portobello? They are considered a crimini until they are 4 to 6 inches in diameter. If you were in Northern Italy you would call them “cappellone” which means “big hat”.  Regardless of what you call them, Portobello mushrooms are delicious and packed with nutrition. They are fat-free and very low in calories, and a rich source of selenium, copper and niacin Their rich flavor and firm texture makes them perfect for Meatless Monday. They are extremely versatile and can be chopped for sauces and veggie sautees, sliced and grilled as a great pizza topping or stuffed with grains, veggies or cheese for a satisfying main course.

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PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS STUFFED WITH GREENS, MOZZARELLA AND PESTO

4 large whole portobello mushrooms
1 Tbsn olive oil
1/2 tsp salt, divided
3-4 cups power greens (kale, collard, chard or spinach)
1/2 red onion or 2-3 shallots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded ( swiss, jack or fontina are good substitutes)
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced (optional)
1/2 cup pesto sauce (Click here for a Home made recipe from Cooks.com)

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  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Carefully remove stem from mushrooms and set aside.

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  • Wipe outside of mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Sprinkle mushroom caps with about 1/4 teaspoon salt and place rounded side up on an oiled baking sheet. Bake until just barely tender, about 15 minutes.

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  • Chop mushroom stems and greens.  Baby greens do not need to be chopped. If you are using mature greens, remove tough rib and stem before chopping.

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  • In a large skillet combine onion, garlic and pepper and saute until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.

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  •  Add greens, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few Tablespoons water in a large skillet. Saute, stirring frequently, over medium heat until greens are wilted and water is evaporated; mature greens will take longer to become soft. Add more water if necessary.

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  • Remove mushrooms from the oven and turn them over, gill side up.

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  • Fill each cap with a layer of greens (about 1/4 cup).

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  • Add a layer of mozzarella cheese.

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  • Top with a Tablespoon of pesto

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  • Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and red bell pepper.

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  • Return to the oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 5-8 minutes. For a crispy top, broil the last minute or so.

 

Portobello Mushrooms with Greens, Mozzarella & Pesto

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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4 large whole portobello mushrooms
1 Tbsn olive oil
1/2 tsp salt, divided
3-4 cups power greens (kale, collard, chard or spinach)
1/2 red onion or 2-3 shallots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced (optional)
1/2 cup pesto sauce (see directions below for homemade)

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Carefully remove stem from mushrooms and set aside.  Wipe outside of mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Sprinkle mushroom caps with about 1/4 teaspoon salt and place rounded side up on an oiled baking sheet. Bake until just barely tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Chop mushroom stems and greens.  Baby greens do not need to be chopped. If you are using mature greens, remove tough rib and stem before chopping.
  • In a large skillet combine olive oil, onion, garlic and pepper and saute until onions are soft (about 5 minutes)
  • Add greens, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few Tablespoons water in a large skillet. Saute, stirring frequently, over medium heat until greens are wilted and water is evaporated; mature greens will take longer to become soft. Add more water if necessary.
  • Remove mushrooms from the oven and turn them over. Fill each cap with a layer of greens (about 1/4 cup).
  • Add a layer of mozzarella cheese.
  • Top with a Tablespoon of pesto
  • Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and red bell pepper.
  • Return to the oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 5-8 minutes. For a crispy top, broil the last minute or so.

 

 

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