Aug 052013

Sunny Portabella Mushrooms I ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Is it Portobello or Portabella mushrooms? On my package was written Portabella, therefore I am calling this huge earthy mushrooms Portabella…the funny thing is that is Portuguese, the term “bello” is for male and “bella” for female…but I guess mushrooms do not have gender…

I am sure that you have seen many of this recipe…but it is the first time that I made this…baked eggs in the portabella mushroom caps. I got the mushrooms from Costco therefore made it twice. My husband loved it! It is a real simple recipe…does not require any pan or stirring, and you serve right off the oven with a side of green salad…so healthy and tasty.

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2 Portabella mushrooms
2 large eggs
4 slices of cold cut of your choice (prosciutto, mortadella, ham)
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of thyme
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Olive oil

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Preheat oven at 375F.

Brush olive oil in an oven safe pan or silicon mat.

Wash and pat dry the mushrooms and remove the stem and some of the gills. Place the mushrooms on the oiled oven tray covered with aluminum foil or silicon mat

Sprinkle some oregano and thyme and layer 2 sliced of cold cut of your preference, I used mortadella (picture) and prosciutto.

Gently crack one egg in each mushroom cap, and again sprinkle more herbs, salt and fresh pepper. Make sure to not add too much salt since the cold cut contains lots of salt.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the eggs are set. Do not over bake, the color of the egg yolk is very deceiving as it will give you the impression that is not done. You can decide if you like to bake longer by carefully touching the egg yolk and determine the “softeness” of it.

Remove from the oven and serve.

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I hope you enjoy this simple and tasty recipe!

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that Portabella mushrooms are low in calories, low in sodium and has not cholesterol? Moreover, these mushrooms are packed with minerals such as potassium, riboflavin and zinc and contain lots of fibers.

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Mar 122012

One Dish Meal, Stuffed Bell Peppers

I love all kinds of stuffed bell peppers.  I usually use quinoa, bulgur…but today I decided to use some left-over rice that I had in the fridge. But feel free to substitute the rice for any grain of your preference. Instead of serving or cooking the bell peppers in tomato sauce or beef broth, I decided to top them with crimini mushroom sauce. It came out delicious…and since we could not finish it all, I got to take it for lunch the next day.

This is the kind of meal that you have all your need in one simple plate…the carbs, the protein and the veggies. These stuffed bell peppers are very simple to make and yet delicious.


Stuffed Bell Peppers

1lb ground beef
2 roma tomatoes, seed removed and diced
1 small onion finely chopped
Fresh parsley
1 cup cold cooked long grain rice
½ teaspoon all-spice
Salt and pepper to taste
3 bell peppers
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ½ cup water

Mushroom Sauce

8oz sliced crimini mushroom
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 red wine
1 ¼ cup beef broth
1 ½ tablespoon all-purpose flour
Fresh parsley to taste/garnish


Stuffed Bell Peppers

In a big bowl mix the ground beef, tomato, onion, parsley, salt, pepper and all-spice. Add to the beef mix the cooked rice and mix gently until the ingredients are all even distributed.

Cut the bell peppers in half and remove the stem and the seed. Stuff  each bell pepper with the beef mix.

In a wide frying pan, add the olive oil and place the stuffed peppers with the meat side towards the pan, let the meat brown for approximately 2-3 minute. Once the beef are brown and settled, flip the peppers and add the water. Cover and let the water boil in high heat. Once it starts to boil, turn the heat to medium/low and continue to cook for approximately 25 minutes, until the meat is cooked thoroughly. In the meantime prepare the mushroom sauce.

Mushroom Sauce

In a pan, sauteé the mushroom with the butter and olive oil until the mushrooms are slightly soft. Add the wine and let it simmer for approximately 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of the beef broth. Combine the ¼ cup of beef broth with the flour until smooth. Add the flour mix to the mushrooms until well blended by stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper and simmer for about 1-2 minutes. Add the parsley and serve over the stuffed bell peppers.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for stuffed bell peppers with mushroom sauce.

If you like this recipe, you might want to check others simple recipes of stuffed bell peppers such as the one with turkey and bulgur or beef with quinoa out.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that bell peppers are from a Capsicum family like all the other peppers that does not produce “capsaicin”? Capsaicin is a compound found in chili which causes the “hot” filling when in contact with mucous membrane.

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Sep 122011

Chicken with Mushroom Served with Soft Polenta

This is a fairly simple dish. The combination of chicken with crimini mushroom in a light wine sauce together with the creamy soft polenta is delicious. The polenta being soft and creamy absorbs the sauce from the chicken…therefore is loaded of flavor.


1 chicken breast, cut in strips.
2 tablespoon all purpose flour
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
½ red onion thinly sliced
8 oz crimini mushroom, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup red wine

1/3 cup cornmeal
1 2/3 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter


To the chicken breast add salt, pepper and flour. Mix gently so all the chicken strips are slightly cover with flour.

In the meantime boil the chicken broth with cornmeal, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook in low heat for approximately 5-8 minutes.

In a pan melt the butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil and stir fry the chicken until golden brown both side. Set aside. In the same pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the garlic, when the garlic turns golden add the onion, until almost soft, then add the mushroom. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes and add the red wine. Cook for 2 more minutes.

To serve, spoon the soft polenta on the plate by making generous dent in the middle. Spoon the chicken with mushroom on top of the polenta. Serve hot.

Hope you enjoy this dish and have a great day!

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D? Vitamin D has an important role in maintaining the calcium balance in the bones by promoting calcium absorption in the intestine, therefore a potential treatment for osteoporosis.


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Jan 112010

This is a very interesting mushroom, has a thick and very meaty stem and the cap is kind of small compared as a whole. After cooking the texture of this mushroom is different from the others species of mushroom.


1 pack King Trumpet Mushroom
3 cloves garlic crushed
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/3 bunch fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon butter
½ tablespoon soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste


Wash the mushroom and remove the bottom part, where the mushrooms attached to the soil (brown and flaky). Slice it approximately ½ inch and boil in water for 2~3 minutes. Drain it and reserve.

In a pan sautee the garlic in butter until brown, add the sliced onion, let it cook for 1 minute, add the mushrooms, soy sauce, salt and pepper to your taste. Stir gently, until well distributed.

Finally, add the chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that king trumpet mushroom is also called French horn mushroom or king oyster mushroom? Is the largest one in the oyster mushroom genus.

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