If I had a restaurant, or a food truck, I would call it The Stuffed Mushroom. But right now, the best I have is my kitchen, which I love to cook in, especially on Thursdays and Sundays. Yesterday, I made a big salad, a pot of split pea and barley,vegetable soup (including a bit of that demon, the white potato) and, as I have been experimenting with the past few weeks, I made a couple of stuffed portobello mushrooms (mine being my “main” course). I look for nice, big, round portos, clean and de-stem then, and then in a drop of oil saute up some other chopped mushrooms. Yesterday I used a blend of mushrooms with some garlic and celery. Then I added some spinach leaves and a half a diced tomato. Instead of bread crumbs, I used one piece of very grainy wheat bread and crumbled it into the pan, which worked well enough to soak up some moisture and somewhat bind the ingredients. After loading up the caps with the “stuffing,” I baked them in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes. I opted to leave any bread crumbs off the top, this week, as the bread was enough. They were very satisfying in terms of taste, presentation, satiation and decadence, low in calories and filled with nutrition! Gotta love the stuffed mushroom and know that you are only limited by the boundaries of your imagination! With all the health benefits they provide for such a small amount of calories, let us eat our mushrooms!
On the fitness side, my animals had their yearly check-ups on Friday. Our wonderful vet, Dr. Mike, was so quite surprised and pleased at how well Blaze is doing with his “bad” leg. He says Blaze is bearing more weight on it than he has seen him do since his injury well over 3 years ago. I am convinced that there is one and only one reason why he is doing as well as he is, at almost 11 and that reason is WALKING…EVERY DAY. The doc was also impressed with his dental and general overall health. Once again, I am reminded of not only how important daily exercise is for all that ails us, but how great it is for gaining and maintaining general health.
How are you doing with your 10,000 steps a day? Let’s all get moving and make it a marvelous Monday.
Carol and Nicole, hope you both had wonderful birthday weekends!