Friday, January 29, 2010

Make time

This post is all about making time to cook yourself a good meal.
I went to yoga after work (what a workout!- don't let anyone tell you otherwise.) I didn't get home until almost 8. I know how tempting it is to stop at the store for a frozen pizza, or hop through the Taco bell drive thru for a bean burrito and cheesy gordita crunch (I may have eaten one or two of those in my day) However, with about 15 minutes worth of effort and 10 minutes of mental planning, I had a much healthier dinner for myself and was plopped in front of the TV by 8:30.
This stuffed mushroom is Mediterranean inspired, served over a bed of sautéed rainbow chard and spinach. Tonight was my first experience with rainbow chard and I loved it.
This mushroom comes together quickly because all the ingredients are precooked in the skillet and meld in the oven. Make time to cook for yourself- your body will thank you.

Mediterranean Stuffed Mushroom with sautéed greens
serves 2

2 large portobello mushrooms (destemed, and gills scooped off with a spoon)
1/2 red pepper, diced
2 scallions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, diced
1/2 small jar of artichoke hearts
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, in oil, drained
6-8 olives, chopped: your choice
2 tablespoons vegan cream cheese
salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary- and any other seasonings you like!
olive oil
2 tablespoons whole wheat breadcrumbs- I prefer panko

Sautéed greens
1 bunch rainbow chard
1 bunch spinach
2 garlic cloves, chopped
salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 400.
For the mushrooms- drizzle each side with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper, set in a small casserole dish.
Drizzle olive oil in a skillet. Saute pepper, garlic and onion until tender. Turn off heat. Add cream cheese, artichokes, olives and sun dried tomatoes. Season with herbs and salt and pepper- this is all eye balled.

Place mixture in mushroom. Top each with 1 tablespoon bread crumbs. Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes, until mushroom is tender and all stuffing is combined.

While the mushrooms cook, place 1 tablespoon water in preused skillet. Add greens. After about 2 minutes, add garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until greens are soft, but not mush.

Put greens on plate and top with mushroom.

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