The holidays are here and we’re all so busy. This is the perfect time for Grilled Portobello and Roasted Pepper Burgers. 12 minutes to the table, delicious, and great nutrition, too. Here’s the recipe and some interesting facts about the versatile and amazing mushroom.
TIME: 12 minutes
4 sm portobello mushroom caps (8 oz total), stems removed
4 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 jarred roasted red pepper halves
2 whole wheat buns
2 Tbsp pesto
4 pieces frisée greens (optional)
1. PREHEAT grill pan over medium heat. Grill mushrooms 8 minutes, turning halfway through and brushing with vinegar. Warm pepper halves and buns on pan.
2. SPREAD each bun with half of the pesto. Place peppers, mushrooms, and frisée (if using) on buns. If desired, drizzle with additional vinegar.
Nutritional Info Per Serving
270 cal, 10 g pro, 37 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9.5 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 5 mg chol, 613 mg sodium
Did you know that there are more than 38,000 types of mushrooms in the world? Even during the Stone Age mushrooms were thought to have great power. In 1991 a 5,300- year-old iceman was found in Europe with an amulet of mushrooms around his neck! Today the Japanese government officially recognizes the reishi mushroom as a substance for treating cancer.
Mushroom Nutrition – Mushrooms are highly nutritious. They supply protein, amino acids, B vitamins, copper, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, folate, selenium, and iron. A cup of mushrooms has only 20 calories and little or no fat. This makes them a great food for losing weight and maintaining heart health.
Storing and Cleaning Mushrooms – Store mushrooms unwashed and untrimmed in a loosely closed brown paper bag in the main compartment of the refrigerator. This gives more air circulation than the refrigerator vegetable bin. Leave prepackaged mushrooms unopened until you use them. The best method for cleaning fresh mushrooms is to gently wipe them clean with a damp paper towel. You can clean them with a spritz from a water bottle, too, but don’t waterlog them. To prevent darkening, dip mushroom slices in lemon water.
Portobello Mushrooms – The Portobello mushroom is related to the button mushroom but grows to be much larger, with caps up to 6 to 8 inches. Chefs love them because of their delicate flavor and meaty texture.