It’s been a couple of days since Christmas and I’m back home and going through the past few days of food, excitement, family time, decorations, gifts, and all the fun involved with these things. I think this year is the first year that I spent a lot of time ENJOYING the baking and the cooking. I don’t know if having a food blog is part of the reason or my determination to take in every moment of the season. Either way, it’s been a fabulous cooking experience this year. And the best news is that I can continue playing in my kitchen even though Christmas is over. I’ve got quite a few recipes to try and I can’t wait to get started on them.
On Christmas eve, I planned a breakfast favorite and something new for lunch. Ever since I made these spelt blueberry pancakes, I’ve had several requests to make them again. Stephen likes the chewy texture and the flavor of the blueberries and maple. I like them because they are easy and good for my blood sugar.
I wanted to try something new but healthy, too. I love mushrooms. Any kind of mushrooms. I’ve never made stuffed portabellas, so I thought I would try those today.
- 1/2 chopped apple
- 1/4 cup of red onions
- 1/4 cup of celery
- 2 slices of bacon
- 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1/4 cup chopped zucchini
- 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup of wheat bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup of chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan
- 4 portabella mushroom caps, gills and stem removed with spoon edge.
1. Saute apple, onion, celery, bacon until apple is tender (10 min)
2. Remove from pan. Add mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes. Saute 8-10 min. Add vinegar in the last couple of minutes to deglaze the pan.
3. Combine bread crumbs, parsley, cheese.
4. Add both vegetable/apple mixtures to bread crumb mixture. Stir together well.
5. Lay mushroom caps in shallow baking pan.
6. Add stuffing.
Now that the holiday is over, I hope to go back and experiment more with mushrooms. I just love the texture and taste of them.
More Christmas posts coming up! I’m also working on my recipe page. I’ve got links to blog posts and links to a printable database for those who need to print them. Check out the page in a couple of days 😉