Quinoa Stuffed Portabellas

A buddy of mine came to work one day and had something that looked very weird in a bowl of brown rice with a bunch of something unidentifiable to me in it. I ask what he had in the bowl and he said “Quinoa”. What the heck is Quinoa?

He said “I dont know I got the recipe from my sister and she said to eat it” well that should be good enough for us right? It still does not answer the questions of what this is so thanks to ask.com we got the skinny for you.

Quinoa (pronounced /kwɪˈnoʊə/ or /ˈkiːnoʊə/, Spanish quinua, quínoa, or quinoa) is a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium) grown as a crop primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal as it is not a grass. Its leaves are also eaten as a leaf vegetable, much like amaranth, but the commercial availability of quinoa greens is currently limited.

Quinoa is a vegetable that can consider to be a grain crop, a “pseudocereal” (it is a grain similar to other cereals but in fact it is of the family of the spinach and the beet, it is not a grass) that comes from the Bolivian plateau, where is cultivated between 3000 and 4000 meters of height.

There do you feel smarter? Me neither so we can either just eat it because his sister says we should or we can see it this way, Its some brown rice looking stuff that is supposed to be good for cleaning out the sewage pipes.

So here is a recipe that looked fairly good and I was willing to try. the recipe recomends olive oil and that was alright but I used balsamic vinegar and it was fantastic. here is the recipe

4-6 large portabellas, depending on how many you’re serving

2 cups cooked quinoa

1 cup crumbled feta

1 tbsp butter

1 large shallot

1 tbsp fresh rosemary

Dash of curry

Dash of garlic powder

Dash of paprika

Dash of Cayenne pepper

Dash of Black pepper

Dash of salt

Olive oil to drizzle (I used Balsamic Vinegar)

Parmesan to top

Cook your quinoa. Stem and gill your mushrooms.  In butter, sauté shallots (sliced) and rosemary (chopped) until tender. Mix together quinoa, feta, shallots, and spices. Place the mushrooms top down on a baking sheet. Fill them with quinoa mixture. Drizzle with olive oil and top with grated parmesan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender.

So let me tell you this was SSOOOOOOOO good! Tastey and its good for you but I did get the satisfaction of going back and harassing my co worker for keeping this recipe from us for so long. WE will tweek it as usual but this one was great as is.

That it for today from theships galley


2 Comments to “Quinoa Stuffed Portabellas”

  1. revbgood says:

    You left out the most important info about quinoa, it is very nutritious. It is considered a complete protein because of its high protein as well as high carbohydrates and essential amino acids.

  2. Salty Dawg says:

    Correction Noted padre.
    Nutritious and delicious it be. A word of caution for those who are……how you say …picky eaters, the testure is not smooth and it does not respect food borders without a divided plate!But I digress, I use lots of hot sauce and it is fine. Good information from the good reverend keep up the Good work!

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