Hummus stuffed mushrooms (GF)

My oh my, the weather is slowly but surely warming up. I cannot believe that it is four more sleeps until Christmas! Hubby and I are keeping it low-key this year as I live so far away from my family and his parents are going away. I recently made these stuffed portobello mushrooms with homemade hummus and they were so delicious so I thought I would post them on the blog to share.

Although these baked mushrooms were the main aspect of my dinner, they would also make a wonderful side dish for any occasion including Christmas lunch/ dinner! Thanks to the hummus, they make a wonderful source of protein, healthy fats from the olive oil and tahini and when served with a grain or root vegetable, make a complete meal loaded with the necessary macro and micronutrients. Also, a little tip is to place your fresh mushrooms in some sunlight as it absorbs the vitamin D that you will absorb during digestion!

RECIPE:

6 medium- large portobello mushrooms

Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle

Balsamic vinegar to drizzle

Hummus

1.5 cups cooked chickpeas

3-4 shallots

2 garlic cloves

2 TBSP unhulled tahini

1 tspn cumin seeds

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Method

  1. In a blender, add the chickpeas, shallots, garlic, tahini, cumin seeds and olive oil. Blend until smooth. Add filtered water to get to your desired consistency. You don’t want the hummus too thin- you want to be able to stuff the mushrooms without it runnings over the sides of the mushrooms.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190C.
  3. Peel the mushrooms if required. I usually keep the skin on if the mushrooms are organic. There is no need to cut the core out of the mushrooms. Place the mushrooms on a baking tray.
  4. Using a teaspoon, stuff the mushrooms neatly. When you have stuffed all the mushrooms, drizzle them with a generous amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Bake the mushrooms for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with your favourite roast vegetable or salad. Enjoy!

I hope your Summer (or Winter in the northern hemisphere is full of joy at this time of the year. Have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Much love,

Di ♡

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Lentil and mushroom stuffed cabbage rolls (GF)

Have you even had cabbage rolls? I had lots of organic cabbage laying around in the crisper and wanted to try something different for dinner so I came up with this delicious, healthy and relatively easy recipe. Lightly steamed cabbage leaves, filled with a mushroom lentil mixture and rolled up before baking in a tomato passata sauce with macadamia feta sprinkled on top. Have you even had cabbage rolls?

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Hello & goodbye… and hello again!

In this day and age, technology surrounds us and amongst all the social media platforms, it was simply too much to keep up with.  To be honest, I arrived at a standstill recently when it came to social media. You may or may not have noticed that my food-focused Instagram account @momentsofdi_ is no longer active. It was a difficult decision to make however I know it was the right thing to do.

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Pinto bean cannelloni with bechamel sauce

Apologies for the lack of posts lately- the ups and downs of life had their role to play.

I bought some fancy quality cannelloni pasta shells awhile ago and instead of making the usual spinach and “ricotta” dish, I decided to do a spicy pinto bean sauce as well as an oatmilk bechamel. All dairy-free, seed-free and soy-free (not that there is anything wrong with them).

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Chocolate, blueberry and oat cookies (GFO)

I’m not going to hide the fact that I am a chronic snacker. I’m also not going to hide the fact that considering it’s currently just my husband and I at home, we go through a lot of food including the mostly-healthy snacks I bake and create. These chocolate, blueberry and oat cookies are delightful raw or baked!

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Zucchini and mushroom “frittata” (GF)

If there is one thing I miss since transitioning to a plantbased lifestyle, it is eggs. I used to justify the consumption of eggs as ok if they were “organic and free-range” however my more ethical and vegan-educated mind now knows that eggs are still eggs. I used to always make a large tray of frittatas or quiches up to last a few days for lunches and now I can make eggless versions thanks to the existence of chickpea aka besan flour.

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Calendula, carrot and turmeric chai cookies (GF)

On this day I had lots of organic carrots that I purchased on special. On this day I was craving carrot cake. On this day I was also craving cookies. All healthy and vegan versions of course. Combine all this and I have a tray of carrot cake cookies laden with secret untraditional ingredients- because that’s how I roll….roll into bed with a  belly full of cookies that is!

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