Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mushroom Overload

by Meghann on October 7, 2009

As per usual I got a little over zealous at Samโ€™s Club the other weekend and bought 4 HUGE portobello mushroom caps.

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What seemed like a good idea at the time, now presents the challenge of discovering delicious unique mushroom recipes so that I donโ€™t have a problem eating a meal of mushrooms 4 nights in a row. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night I got a little creative on my own with my Mushroom Cap Pizza, but today I decided to do a little digging. I scanned The Mushroom Channel for anything interesting and stumbled upon Kathโ€™s Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto. I already had almost everything needed in my fridge/pantry and the photos looked delicious. Perfect!

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I did make a few slight alterations to Kathโ€™s original recipe with what I had in hand:

  • Addition of Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • 1/3 cup of beer in place of the wine
  • Goat Cheese in place of Parmesan
  • Portobello Mushrooms in place of Cremini
  • Acorn Squash in place of Butternut
  • Fresh Basil in place of Sage

A 1/3 cup of my first Harvest Blue Moon Beer of the season went in the risotto and the rest found its way to my belly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I really loved Kath’s substitution of steel cut oats in place of the traditional arborio rice. I happened to have a big container of steel cut oats in my pantry and am looking forward to using them as a rice substitution in the future.

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Overall this recipe rocked. It was easy to follow, tasty to eat and very adaptable to what I had on hand in my pantry. If you are on a mushroom overload like myself, then I highly suggest you give this recipe a try.

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Tomorrow I have another Mushroom Channel recipe that I can’t wait to try. ๐Ÿ™‚

Somehow, I was able to resist the tempting Pumpkin Ice Cream in my freezer and instead nibbled on a piece of chocolate and Sour Patch Watermelons to tame my sweet tooth.

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In case you were wondering the Hazelnut & Almond is officially my favorite Merci Chocolate.

This afternoon I finally worked up the nerve to try the Blueberry Fruition Bar I obtained at the Healthy Living Summit back in August.

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Usually I am not a fan of fruit based bars, but after sampling the Peach Fruition bar a month ago I had high hopes for this one.

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Conclusion? Loved it! The taste and texture was very similar to blueberry muffin batter straight from the mixing bowl. Can’t believe I waited so long to try it.  

I have a good book and a comfy bed waiting for me in the other room and a puppy snoring at my feet. Time to call it a night. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Off Site Meeting

October 7, 2009

Sorry to go MIA this morning. I had an offsite meeting that lasted the majority of the morning, but I promise Iโ€™m back now. ๐Ÿ™‚ The offsite meeting did not start until 9:00, which meant I was able to sleep in a little this morning (Yay!). It felt so strange to actually have the sun more ยป

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