Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

Whenever I go to a party that I’m not hosting, I make sure to bring something on the healthier side with me. This doubles as a 1) a nice gesture, and 2) a backup option for when there aren’t a lot of foods being served that I want to eat. Successful moderation and healthy eating is all about being prepared, and I find that being ready with a healthy dish in social situations helps me balance out the not so great for me snacks and indulgences that I know I’ll have too.

So while everyone else is posting recipes for nachos and chicken wings this week, I want to post a different kind of recipe for you. These Mediterranean stuffed mushrooms are the perfect healthier appetizer to make for whatever Super Bowl party you are going to this weekend. I think stuffed mushrooms are a crowd pleaser too. Don’t people always seem to get weirdly excited about them? Just make sure to call them Mediterranean stuffed mushrooms instead of quinoa stuffed mushrooms, and you’ll be all set. Nobody will judge you for not bringing along a ranch dip or 4 bags of Doritos.

Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

Makes a dozen stuffed mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 12 large cremini mushrooms, wiped clean with a damp paper towel and with stems removed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked per package directions
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, cut or crushed into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp dill
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray of choice

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, then arrange the mushrooms with the holes facing down. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil over the mushrooms, and season with salt and paper. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the mushrooms are baking, mix the cooked quinoa, the diced red onion, walnuts, white wine, parsley, dill, sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled feta, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • When the mushrooms finish cooking and have cooled, stuff them by scooping a spoonful of the quinoa mixture into each cap. Top with extra feta if desired.
  • Bake again in an oven preheated to 350 for 10-12 minutes or until heated through.

Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

Although stuffed mushrooms are made with a veggie base, a lot of the time they use a creamy filling to bind the stuffing ingredients together. I like that this recipe is light and doesn’t need that. The lemon zest brings out a nice flavor among all the other Mediterranean based ingredients, and the quinoa is a healthier protein-packed substitution for bread crumbs. Plus, you can never go wrong with feta! I made these for Friendsgiving at Slesh and Will’s apartment last year, and everyone gobbled them right up.

Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

This recipe yields 12 stuffed mushrooms, but just a warning, it definitely makes more stuffing than necessary. I ate the leftover stuffing up for lunch the next day as a Mediterranean quinoa salad, and it was delicious! You could also double the amount of mushroom caps if you want to use up the rest of the stuffing and bring a larger quantity of stuffed shrooms along.

Enjoy!

Readers, let’s chat! What are you doing for the Super Bowl this weekend? What’s a must have Super Bowl food or snack in your home?

If you’re looking for more Super Bowl food ideas, check out our Super Bowl party menu from when we hosted two years ago.

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Weekly Workouts (Pictureless Post)

I am so tired today.  We had people over last night for the Super Bowl, and between eating a little too much food and just feeling tired in general, I think it’s caught up to me for sure.  I’m looking forward to an earlier bedtime tonight!

Continuing on with my picture-less post… here’s the weekend recap…

Friday Night
Date night ended up being kind of a failure.  We tried Savino’s and were disappointed with the food.  It wasn’t bad, but it was definitely overpriced and there was nothing special about it.  I felt like any restaurant could have done that, or actually – we could have made the same meals at home for half the cost.  We won’t be back.  Then we tried to go to Sweet in Harvard Square to make up for it with a delicious cupcake, but the girl behind the counter told us they were out of cupcakes because it was almost time to close when they still were open for at least another 40 minutes.  Disappointing all around.

Saturday
I headed into the Y to bust out a few hours of work.  The rest of the day was spent cleaning for our Super Bowl party, working out, and planning out our grocery shopping lists – 1 for the week’s food and 1 for our party.  At night Slesh and I had a little girls night out.  We first tried to get food at Brick & Mortar, but the wait was too long and then we weren’t feeling the “assigned standing” feeling the hostess gave us.  I’d go back for drinks there, but we just weren’t feeling it.  We ended up getting a delicious dinner at Zuzu, followed by feeling way too old for the Burren.  Two separate groups of guys there told us we were old women.  Old women!  Can you even handle that?  One of them was 26!  Attention: You are only ONE year younger than me, loser, so you better start prepping for your upper twenties now.  We got a good kick out of that.

Sunday
Finally, Sunday was full with grocery shopping, food prepping, and Super Bowl watching with our friends.  Will post about our Super Bowl menu soon.  Did anyone do the Super Bowl workout besides Shannon and her four-year old son!?

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  40 minutes of cardio intervals on the elliptical + this extra core/cardio work
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day Tuesday:  Took Kickboxing, then taught another round of timed circuits in Interval Training.  I changed up the moves slightly from the original BBB plan, and did two rounds of “How many rounds of these moves can you complete in 15 minutes?”  For round 1, I did 12 split squats on each side, 12 plie squats with a lateral raise, and 15 alternating chest presses.  For round 2, I did 12 curtsy lunges each side, 12 standing leg extensions with shoulder press palms in, and 15 close grip chest presses.  In between rounds I did one Tabata cardio set, and BBB core work.  Those stability ball teasers were tough!
  • Wednesday:  Tried Piloxing with Shannon!
  • Thursday:  Taught another timed circuit themed class
  • Friday:  Off
  • Saturday:  100 rep strength endurance workout.  I definitely felt improvements from the week before!

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  40 minutes of cardio + core work
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day, taking Kickboxing and then teaching the high intensity circuits from BBB
  • Wednesday:  TBD
  • Thursday:  Teaching pyramid sets in class, focusing on legs and shoulders
  • Friday:  Off or cardio of choice
  • Saturday:  Pyramid sets on my own focusing on chest, back, and arms + maybe an hour of spin at the Spin A Thon

How were your weekends?  How was your workout regime last week?  Anyone else tired?  What’s on the exercise agenda this week?

I promise my next post will have pictures again!

Super Bowl Workout

Friday dance, woohoo!

Anyone have any good plans for the weekend?  Tonight Tim and I have our February date night planned.  We are really trying to make a more conscious effort to have a date night once a month, and one that involves something beyond catching up on our favorite shows with beers or wine on the couch.  Tomorrow I want to be productive with a workout, grocery shopping, some Y work, and house projects.  And maybe I’ll be feeling social at night.  Or wanting to shop.  Who knows.  Oh!  Our new living room chair is being delivered.  That’s pretty thrilling… moving on…

Sunday is the Super Bowl, and we are having some friends over which I am excited about.  I couldn’t care less about football, so I’m excited to play hostess extraordinaire instead of having to sit through the game somewhere else.

football

I do care about the FOOD that football implies though!  I’ll admit, we have a pretty fun menu planned.  Let’s just say that two types of salsas, one dip, the MEDITECH ham, finger sandwiches, Shannon’s Irish Whiskey bars, Will’s chili, a second attempt at baked zucchini bites, another dessert, and another main dish… at the very least… will make an appearance.  Yum.  I will healthify some of these things… so stay tuned!

And I’m considering doing a Super Bowl workout.  Yep, I said it.  A Super Bowl workout.  I can’t take full credit for the idea, as it was one that just kind of evolved when chatting about blog things with Jen and Ashley last weekend.  I know everyone will make fun of me if I do this, especially my guy friends from home, but we’ll see.  If anyone is interested, this is what I came up with:

Super Bowl Workout

It’s nothing crazy, but just a lil somethin’ somethin’ to keep you moving a little during an otherwise sedentary and calorie filled night!  Also, last year I wrote a post about making a game plan for a healthier Super Bowl.  Check it out here!

Here are some other healthy Super Bowl links to read when you don’t feel like doing work today get home later:

How do you try to stay healthy on Super Bowl Sunday?  Have you ever done a Super Bowl workout?

Have a fun weekend, everyone!