Wednesday, November 14, 2012

quinoa stuffed mushrooms

I've had this post in my draft folder for a few weeks now and I'm choosing to post it today.  I have several posts to write, but every night when I go home I either get sucked into reading Wicked or crocheting.  I recently started a new crochet project and I get so excited to work on it.  Crocheting is very relaxing and I can do it while I watch tv! Yes, I know, my life is so exciting.

I made these stuffed mushrooms to take to the blogger book club back in October.

Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

gluten free, vegan

adapted from this recipe from Queen of Quinoa

2 small containers white button mushrooms
1/3 cup cooked black quinoa
1/3 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 leaves sage, finely chopped
small pile oregano (very exact measurement here)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
few slices sharp cheese (I used a cave aged mellage)

Saute onion, garlic, and bell pepper in olive oil till they just start to brown.  Remove from heat and add quinoa, sage, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.

Remove stems from mushrooms and clean with a damp paper towel.  Spoon quinoa mixture into mushrooms and place onto baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  Place thin slices of cheese onto tops of mushrooms and return to oven for 5 minutes (or omit for vegan).  Serve.  

These make a great appetizer and the red pepper gives them a great spiciness.

I love all things with mushrooms and these were no exception.  I actually have another recipe for stuffed mushrooms that includes things like cream cheese and crab and they are mouthwatering, but this version is a little more healthy.

And because I'm an enginerd I wanted to share these pictures.

Oak Park is home to the largest collection of houses and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Frank Lloyd Wright is know for his unique and eclectic designs and is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth century architects.

I've seen a few Wright houses before in Wisconsin including the Taliesin in Spring Green. 

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