Portobello Mushrooms

Annoyingly, when I could have had a lie in, I woke up very early on Saturday morning.  Maybe I was feeling guilty for eating 4 slices of this bread with cashew nut butter the night before and having a glass of dessert wine!    These are only very small slices but nonetheless, that was a lot of late night calories which I shouldn’t have had.  This bread is great.  No yeast in it, which I react badly to, and no wheat which I am trying to avoid.  Harvey loves it too so this will be making an appearance again.  We have not had standard bread in our house for a long time and often don’t have any bread at all but occasionally it is handy to have and I am pleased to have found one we both like.

Pauls wheat-free It rained overnight for which the garden was very thankful.cartouche 3 My Aunty gave me these tulips for my birthday last year and I planted them in prime position next to the greenhouse so I can be sure to see them at least twice a day.cartouche 2 They look even more beautiful with rain drops on them.cartouche I then decided to empty the fridge.  I completely emptied it and literally took out EVERY single item and every shelf and washed it all, including the sides and even the central drawer unit.

I have not done a supermarket shop or had a delivery for 2 weeks and have tried to eat my way through the fridge (and freezer and cupboards) instead.top half fridge I often eat the same things so challenging myself to eat the contents before refilling was a good thing to do.

Most of the content of the bottom 2 drawers was eaten for lunch or supper so before the Ocado cavalry came, the fridge really was nearly completely empty of fresh food.bottom half fridge fridge door

In my fruit drawer I was left with 2 avocados, some mandarins and these lovely oranges.os for oj The blood oranges had been in there for ages but I ate them anyway.  Once you cut the mould off the skin, the inside seemed fine!  I juiced about half of them and made two smoothies for myself and Harvey.oranges in bowl Mine had one whole orange, orange juice, half an avocado and about a cup full of frozen pineapple chunks.orange and avocado face It tasted so fresh it was a perfect way to start the day and it kept me feeling full for many hours.smoothie 25-4-15 I was out and about all day – Saturdays are often like that aren’t they?  I grazed on 2 apples, some almonds and dates.  Probably too many in the end but I just didn’t have the time or opportunity to make a proper meal until supper time when, I must say, I did excel myself.

I picked some swiss chard and thyme from the garden.swiss chard n thyme To cook with these beauties.portobello mushrooms in pack 6 perfect portobello mushrooms.portobello mushrooms I have read a lot of vegan sites recently promoting these mushrooms as apparently they taste meaty, or at least have the texture of meat.mushroom 2 To be honest I do not look for meat substitutes.  I am embracing the whole foods and plant-based diet for what it is but the many references to them had got me intrigued.mushroom 1I couldn’t find a vegan recipe for stuffed mushrooms.  They all have bacon or cheese in them so I made a recipe up.  Lara had come home at very short notice for the evening, which was lovely, and she really liked them too so I shall share the recipe.

Portobello Mushrooms with Rice, Pine Nuts and Tomatoes


6 portobello mushrooms
1 cup of brown basmati rice
2 tomatoes (medium sized vine tomatoes)
half a cup of pine nuts
half a cup of sultanas
1 stalk of fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper


Cook the rice until al dente
Remove the stalk from the mushrooms*, wash the mushrooms and dry as well as you can
Chop the tomatoes and sultanas (my sultanas seemed very large which is why I chopped them)
Mix the tomatoes with the pine nuts, sultanas, thyme and garlic and season
Turn the oven on to 190 °
Place the mushrooms on to a baking dish and add a layer of rice, a layer of tomato mixture and top with another layer of rice
Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes
Remove foil and replace for 5-10 minutes until done to your liking

* I put the mushroom stalks away in the fridge for another day

I did have lots of rice left over but I like to have rice handy for a quick supper or lunch box addition.
stuffed portobello mushromms stuffed portobellos I served mine with swiss chard and broccoli which I stir fried in coconut oil with garlic.  Plus a dollop of Cholula (pepper sauce) on each one.supper 25-4-15 We both loved this and there are 2 mushrooms left over in the fridge for a mid week supper.supper 2-4-15 For pudding we had nice-cream made with blue and black berries.blue and black berries Blitzed together with frozen bananas and topped with coconut.  That was a top notch supper, enjoyed in girly fashion in front of the tv.  We watched ‘Diva’ which I have not seen for years and I enjoyed it again but was astonished at quite how old it all seemed and how bizarre!Banana blueberry ice cream

Whoever thinks vegan food must be boring doesn’t have any imagination.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Portobello Mushrooms

  1. gardeden says:

    Love Cashew Butter and especially healthy Gluten Free bread! Hey, I have just nominated you for a blog award! 🙂


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