Peg Cole is a self-taught cook who shares favorite recipes and methods of cooking and baking.
Quick, Economical, and Hearty
Tired of cooking the same thing meal after meal? Here's a hearty substitute if you're on a budget or just watching the carbohydrates. This easy, baked entrée or side dish is sure to satisfy those cravings for a hearty, healthy meal—especially if you're looking for something meaty but without the meat.
With only a few minutes prep time and a short bake time, you can have dinner on the table and fill the house with a delicious aroma that's often mistaken for steak.
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- 2 fresh portobello mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons Italian dressing or olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic or garlic powder
- 2 cooked sausage patties
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or cheese of your choice)
- Remove the stem of each mushroom by snapping it off with your fingers. The gills can be removed with a spoon if desired, based on preference.
- Wipe the top of each mushroom cap with a wet paper towel to remove debris.
- Spray a foil-wrapped cookie sheet with non-stick spray or lightly grease with shortening.
- Drizzle a small amount of Italian dressing (or olive oil) over the surface of the mushrooms. Add minced garlic or sprinkle with garlic powder or garlic salt.
- Chop the cooked sausage into small pieces and distribute on the cap. Cover the caps with shredded cheese.
- Place the mushrooms on the pan and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Save a couple of sausage patties from a breakfast meal. Label, date, and freeze them in a Ziploc bag for use in this and other recipes.
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This works for bacon as well to keep the preparation time to a minimum. Cooking the whole pound of bacon at one time means you only have to clean up one pan. Cooked bacon can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or more. Freezing it extends the storage time.
Low in Calories
- Grilled portobello mushroom (without the sausage and cheese toppings): Contains 471 units of Vitamin D and 1.4 mg Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). These mushrooms are full of flavor and nutrition and have only 35 calories. One mushroom is plenty for one serving, but for someone with a bigger appetite, two mushrooms have fewer calories than a steak or other types of red meat.
- Mozzarella: A 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella contains only 158 calories, making each serving around 79 calories per stuffed mushroom.
- Sausage: Calories for the sausage depends on what type and how much you use.
Optional toppings are as varied as your imagination. For a change in flavor, try adding crumbled, cooked bacon and shredded smoky cheddar cheese. That makes the mushrooms taste almost like a bacon cheeseburger.
Bread crumbs make a nice topping, whether fresh, dried, or Panko style.
The toppings can also be mixed together with cream cheese for a different taste.
Portobello mushrooms are not expensive. In fact, I've found them at ALDI in a package of two for around $2.50. Walmart sells them two to a package for $2.48. That makes a meal main dish cost under $2. You sure can't buy healthy fast food that cheap.
If you buy them by the pound, select mushrooms with short stems as the stems are wasted because they're tough.
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