Cheesy stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms recipe with cream cheese and parmesan

 

I am always on the hunt for different veggie side dishes to serve during the week. We eat a LOT of mushrooms in our house, and these large easy, cheesy stuffed mushrooms are one of my new favourite creations. They also fit my week night supper criteria of being quick, nutritious and very delicious!

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Mushrooms on griddled polenta with pecorino

Grilled polenta squares with mushrooms and pecorino.

 

So here’s the story, and I wonder how many of you can relate?  I love breakfast, and I always make sure the cupboard is stocked with one of my favourite healthy home made granolas (like this chocolate granola) so I never have think about what I am going to eat. Easy. Dinner is also not too much of a bother as I have a bunch of great recipes that I make regularly and I tend to have all of the ingredients on hand. But then there’s lunch… this is where my inspiration (and motivation) seems to wane and I never quite know what I feel like making. So I am always excited when I come across new and interesting ideas, like today’s recipe for mushrooms on griddled polenta with pecorino cheese.

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Bacon and mushroom quiche (with the tastiest quiche crust ever!)

Bacon and mushroom quiche with cheese crust.
What’s for dinner tonight foodies? Today I am sharing one of my favourite week night supper recipes. It is a delicious and easy quiche recipe that can be adapted to include any of your favourite fillings. If I have a few spare minutes during the day I sometimes prepare the crust or filling in advance and simply add the egg and milk mixture just before baking, but it is quick enough to put together in the evening making it a brilliant weekday option. 

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Creamy chicken with lemon and rosemary

Chicken thighs in a creamy sauce with lemon and rosemary.
After what felt like a particularly cold winter we are in full spring mode, hooray! The worst should be behind us now and I have a suitably zesty and lemony fresh recipe to get you into a sunshiny mood. If you are lucky you may even have a lemon tree in your garden with fresh lemons that you can use to make this amazingly creamy sauce. We have one which was given to us by some good friends several years ago, soon after we moved into our then new home. Fortunately it has not succumbed to drought, pests or a lack of conversation but it has not exactly flourished either. In fact, nearly six years after we planted it, I think it is roughly the same height as it was when we got it, give or take a few extra leaves on either side. So until our stunted tree can get its act together it is store-bought lemons for us!

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Spicy mushroom nachos


We have reached the end of the #JoinTheBlendTrend series and I thought I would finish up with a dish that reminds me of fun times with friends, feasting and general merriment. I actually remember the last time I ate nachos at a Mexican restaurant with friends – it was a rainy Cape Town evening a very, very long time ago (note to self: arrange a Mexican dinner soon!). Luckily nachos are pretty easy to whip up and enjoy at home and I am sure you will enjoy these ones!

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Spaghetti bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese with mushrooms and parmesan

There are probably as many variations of this dish as there are families who enjoy it. Or perhaps even more! I love making this dish but dear husband is usually the Spag Bol King in our house and even he and I have our own different ways of preparing it. Bottom line though – it does not matter who the chef is, spaghetti bolognese is a firm favourite on the menu, and one thing is always the same – we both love to pile in the mushrooms!

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Ginger, mushroom and chicken stir fry

Quick stir fry with mushrooms, chicken and ginger.

This week I am diving deep into my recipe collection. All the way back to the 90’s in fact – they seem like forever ago! Today’s dish is adapted from a stir fry recipe I made in my high school Home Economics class, nearly 20 years ago. I even have the original (rather yellowed) handout from that class, on it a handwritten recipe that was copied on the old “rolio machine”, which then made its way from a school ring binder all the way to my current recipe book shelf.

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Cheesy mushroom and pork enchiladas

This recipe went down a treat when I made it at home. Even my Little Miss (who finds the teensiest smidge of black pepper in any meal unbearably exotic) enjoyed it! These rich enchiladas are flavoured with Mexican inspired spices, topped with a double layer of sauce and baked to cheesy perfection in the oven. Get in my belly! As part of the #JoinTheBlendTrend series this recipe is also about blendability and that fabulous ingredient: mushrooms!

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