Magic Mushrooms: Stuffed Baby Bellas

Assortment II by Cecelia Moseley, Oxford, MS

I know, that is not a picture of magic mushrooms..unless you have been eating them and then it might be. It is another of the sculptures in Lamar Park, where I did NOT walk yesterday, which is a story unto itself. But if I had posted the mushrooms in the beginning, you would not get the prequel credits! I love the postings from Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen: the recipes, the photos of her beautiful food plated in vintage dishes, and most important, that they are deliciously healthy options. Pineapple Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms were featured in April and I kept intending to try it….time passes….

This time, other than the issue of being unable since April to find portobello mushrooms in Oxford, there were no issues. I finally gave up thinking one day portobellos would magically arrive, and bought baby bellas. I selected 12 good-sized mushrooms, as 4 of them seemed like a rough equivalent to the size of a regular portobello, and thus, “a serving.” I assembled all the ingredients on the counter, all the equipment I needed, and got to work.

Grilled pineapple-topped stuffed baby bellas

For obvious reasons (though not to be considered an “issue”), I could not place the pineapple ring in or on the mushroom, since these babies are one quarter the size of a portobello. I utilized Dorothy’s instructions to grill the pineapple before hand, and instead of placing in the cap, set it aside during the first 20 minutes of cook time. You brush the inside of the cap with a mixture of dijon mustard, brown sugar, and olive oil before mounding the stuffing. See the full recipe ingredients and instructions from The New Vintage Kitchen HERE. The stuffing is a simple mixture made from whole wheat bread cubes, milk, egg, and some additional items and spices. Due to the picky eaters (R & J) in this household, the only thing I added to the stuffing besides the main ingredients, salt and pepper, was a shake of freeze dried minced garlic. I can add that to a recipe without it setting off the R/J alarm so please don’t spill the garlic.

The mushrooms with the stuffing first bake at 350 for 20 minutes. At that point, I removed them from the oven and topped with the previously grilled pineapple rings. The oven is turned up to 425 for an additional 20 minutes, or until the stuffing is brown and crispy–it took about 10 more minutes since I was using smaller mushrooms. The mushrooms were delicious, Dorothy–thank you for sharing this adaptable recipe you created from your mom’s grilled pineapples previously topping ham and the stuffing she used with her pork chops. Folks, you will not miss the ham nor the pork chops with this hybrid! High in taste and texture and unique flavors, and coming to the table with a calorie count (by my calculations of the ingredients I used) at a respectable 313 calories.

Turning your back on Assortment

Since I returned to plant-based eating accompanied by walking 6 days ago, these are the “issues” I have experienced:

  • A loss of 2.5 pounds
  • More restful sleep
  • Not waking up tired
  • More energy
  • Not feeling “down”
  • Improved mood
  • Less aches and pains
  • Better breathing
  • Not having shortness of breath
  • Flatter stomach
  • Food tastes better

It is definitely not a magic bullet. I remind myself every day that I am worth it. What’s on your plate today?

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19 Responses to Magic Mushrooms: Stuffed Baby Bellas

  1. You are doing so great in just a few days! I wonder why it seems so hard to make changes to improve our health and wellbeing, when it is so worth it! I. Sure the walks are doing wonders for you as well. One thing leads to another. 🤗

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  2. Betty says:

    Any one of those “issues” listed would be worth the effort to have it. Good for you. I admit; I was kind of surprised by the “Magic Mushroom” headline. However, the recipe sounds so delicious, I can see where the magic comes from. Love the colorful sculpture!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thanks, Betty! Randy came in as I was prepping and asked if they were magic mushrooms. I said no, but then after I ate them, I thought the taste was pretty much a magic act. 🙂
      Oxford is a very artistic town!

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  3. peggy says:

    Very good job of improving your diet to feel better. Keep up the good work.

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  4. Beth says:

    I’m headed to that blog because I have food-disfunctionalism (and I’m drafting a post on it for publication soon), so this should be a real help. I like the idea of the flavors in the mushrooms and pineapple, perfect for summer suppers. Any idea why they aren’t carrying the Portobellos? Last week I was looking for buttermilk (I use it for cooking, not drinking) and none of the smaller grocery stores had any and I thought, why would buttermilk be in high demand/short supply?

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    • Suzassippi says:

      You will love her food, Beth. Pretty, healthy, lots of variety. Seafood and plant focus. She gives lots of options for those with gluten or lactose intolerance as ways to make something vegan. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason as to why they are out of things here–sometimes it is something ordinary, like potatoes. I never knew we could ever run out of potatoes, but apparently, we can! I might go to Memphis next week to Fresh Market and see if I can find them, plus, I always love all the vegetables in Fresh Market.

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  5. janebye says:

    Looks delicious and I love the art as well. We had a veggie and grain bowl for the second night in a row but I enjoy them so much that I don’t mind. Trying to get back on track here, too, but it’s so dang hot I have not been walking. You are doing great with all of those “issues,” glad to hear about the improvements! xoxo

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thanks, Jane. It does feel like I am making progress a little bit at a time. It is so hot here, too, and I had to mow the front yard today. The riding lawnmower ruined a tire and we bought a new electric push mower I have been wanting for the “close work” the riding mower cannot reach. Tried it out in the front yard, and while I love it, it was sure harder than riding! Glad you are back on track as well!

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  6. What a great swap my friend, to use the little baby bellas! Wouldn’t these look beautiful on a party table! I love it when a swap made out of necessity ends up being a rival to the original.
    PS Since I love the crispy top, I’m pretty sure the ratio of crispy top to mushroom is much nicer here! Magic Mushrooms! 💕

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