Archive for January, 2010

Light and Easy Weekday Meal from A Southern Fairytale: Garlic Mushroom Stuffed Pitas

Photo Credit: Rachel MatthewsHey y’all, it’s Rachel visiting from A Southern Fairytale! It’s the New Year and like so many others, I’m working towards a better, healthier me.  One of the ways that I’m doing this is by trying to incorporate some of my favorite healthy power packed foods into my meal plan, more frequently.  I’m doing this by trying to use veggies more and meat less, as a bonus, it’s also less expensive!

I love to play with foods and textures and flavors and while I’m actually fairly easy to please in the kitchen, my husband is another story.  He loves savory, full flavors and he wants to feel like he’s eaten a meal.  He is a Texas guy after all.

So I decided to make something easy, yet delicious and tempting and something that would leave me happy and feeling sated, but not full and heavy, while at the same time, would leave him feeling like he’d eaten a real meal, one that would get him from lunch to dinner while working.

I turned to a few of my favorite ingredients:  Mushrooms, Garlic, Spinach, Cucumber, Red Onion and Whole Grain Pitas to create a delicious and soon to be frequently repeated Sauteed Garlic Mushroom Stuffed Pita, I made my husband’s a little fuller than mine and with the first bite his eyebrowsPhoto Credit: Rachel Matthews raised, his dark eyes lit up and he gave me that look, the one that said that he was willing to admit it; I’d done it again.  I’d taken him by surprise and he was not just liking, but loving something he wasn’t too sure about to begin with.

Sauteed Garlic Mushroom Stuffed Pitas

6 oz sliced mushrooms (I use the 100% Vitamin D enriched Mushrooms)
1/4 medium red onion, sliced or chopped
1/4 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 whole grain pita pockets
Handful of fresh spinach leaves
1 Tbsp olive oil

Drizzle your olive oil in a cold skillet and heat it to medium, saute the garlic for about a minute, then toss in the mushrooms.  Saute them until soft and brown, about 8 minutes
sauteeing mushrooms
The smell will be unbelievable.*

Take your whole grain pita and open it up gently, stuff in some of your spinach leaves (*you can gently wilt the spinach with the mushrooms and garlic if you’d like… I chose not too because I love raw spinach)
layer in some of your cucumber slices and then spoon in  your mushrooms and garlic, top with chopped red onions

** some other delicious options, drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette or top with chipotle mayo (like i did with my husband’s)

Weekly Links: Mushroom News from Around the Web

Giving your body a boost The Spokesman-Review offers immunity-boosting tips for the winter months. Mushrooms are noted as a food that maintains the immune system, as are pomegranate kernels, kale, garlic, ginger and onions. Get your immunity boost by adding versatile mushrooms to hearty soups and stir-fries!

Illness Fighting Foods This “Today Show” segment features Fitness magazine’s executive editor, Pam O’Brien, to discuss foods that can cure and prevent an array of illnesses:

  • Fend off colds and boost immunity with mushrooms, salmon, yogurt and sunflower seeds
  • Stop stress with curry, milk, shrimp, red sweet peppers and pistachios
  • Eliminate headaches with snapper, quinoa, black beans and cayenne pepper
  • Soothe stomach pain with ginger, peppermint oil, yogurt, fennel and fiber

Healthy ways to beat the blues Kick the post-holiday blues with a diet full of nutrients. It is recommended to eat smart carbs (like whole grains) and vitamin-D rich foods (like mushrooms) to calm nerves. Both carbohydrates and vitamin D help to boost moods and reduce anxiety because they aid in raising levels of serotonin in the brain. The Times-Gazette also suggests eating foods that are high in protein to boost alertness. Protein-rich foods contain the amino acid tyrosine that boosts levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, making it easier to concentrate.

Mushroom Soup Demo Video

There’s something that feels right about posting great mushroom videos on The Mushroom Channel.  I came across this demonstration earlier in the week and think  Food Wishes does a beautiful job on this recipe for a delicious mushroom soup.  I get warm just watching those little buttons caramalizing and this recipe is perfect for those of us in the midst of a snowball fight with Mother Nature!  You can find the ingredients at the bottom of his post here.