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Spinach Almond Stuffed Mushrooms

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After work yesterday I had a fun trip to town to do some shopping at the Salvage Store. This is a great place that sells dented, overstock and almost expired products. I know some people have issues with shopping for food at these kind of stores, but I have no hangups at all. It is a great place for food shopping for cheap! All you have to do is take the time to look at the dates on packages. Being that I spend extra time looking at sodium content anyways, I don’t find it cumbersome at all to check dates if it means I get good deals.

One of the things I love about our local Salvage store is that they have a produce section. Every Wednesday they get in various vegetables, bags of salad, fruit, and yogurts. It is always different items, so it is hit and miss as to if they will have things I want or need.  This week was a great week! They had tons of packages of spinach for 99 cents each, 3lb bags of apples 2 for $3, and 5 lb boxes of mushrooms for $3! I also scored crumpets that I like to toast for breakfast, that have only 90 calories and 100mg sodium. Great alternative to english muffins. The freezer section was also a wealth of Steamables, microwave veggies and rices., I am fully stocked with white rice, peas, corn, and brussel sprouts that will be easy to toss in the microwave at work or on the inevitable nights i work late.

Since I now had 5lbs of mushrooms to contend with, it quickly became a day of cooking mushroom dishes! I did a wonderful pot of mushroom vegetable soup. I used low sodium vegetable stock, all spice and coconut milk to make a great broth with a lovely asian flavor, added snap peas, baby carrots, and large chunks of mushrooms. Simmered for 2 hours and added a whole bag of kelp noodles. This whole pot of soup only used about one pound of the mushrooms, so I moved on to a fun new stuffed mushroom!

Spinach, Bell Pepper, Almond Stuffed Mushroom.

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I started with 1 tbsp unsalted butter, 1 cup chopped vidalia onion, 3 tbsp chopped garlic. Saute the onions and garlic in a skillet until nicely browned.

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Remove tops and seeds from approx 10 mini sweet bell peppers and chop or put in a food chopper to get a fine chop texture.Add to the skillet of garlic and onion and continue to saute. While this is cooking wash and remove the stems of mushrooms. My mushrooms are father large so I used 24 of them. If you have smaller button mushrooms you can prep as many as you want to and adjust the mixture accordingly.

I placed the mushroom stems and 1 1/2 cups of raw unsalted almond slivers in the food processor and make a fine ground. Place in a bowl and put to the side.

Add 3 cups fresh spinach in the skillet with the onion and pepper mix and cover to let the spinach heat and begin to wilt. You can also stir it all together to speed the wilting process. When the first 3 cups have wilted and there is room in the skillet add another 3 cups of spinach and repeat the wilting process.

While the spinach is cooking, mix 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/8 cup salt free herb seasoning mix, 1 1/5 cups matzo crumbs (i use matzo farfel because it is sodium free, you can use bread crumbs or panko if you like). Grind in the food processor to a fine crumb mixture and put in the bowl with the ground mushroom and almonds.

Add the hot spinach and pepper mix to the bowl and mix all the ingredients together to make a nice stuffing texture..

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Use a spoon ans generously stuff your clean mushroom caps and place in a casserole dish, I made a large batch so I filled 2 lasagna trays. Sprinkle the tops of the mushrooms with Parmesan cheese.

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Cover the dish with foil and place in a 300 degree oven. If cooking large mushrooms like mine, they will take about 1 1/2 hours. If you stuffed smaller mushrooms they will only take about 45 minutes. Just keep and eye on them and cook until the caps are cooked all the way through. When they are almost finished cooking, remove the foil and let brown in the oven for the last 15 minutes.

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I was very happy with the outcome of this dish. The large mushrooms I did consist of about 75 calories each and only 45mg of sodium! You can eat a whole plate full and feel no guilt!

I paired 3 of them with freshly roasted brussel sprouts and broccoli for dinner!

Hope you enjoy this mushroom as much as I do! I love a good stuffed mushroom. I have so many variations on stuffed mushrooms, I could do a cookbook just on mushroom stuffing!

Enjoy all the flavor, with none of the salt! Your taste buds and heart will thank you!!

The eve of the check in…

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The eve of the check in…

The day is almost upon us. Tomorrow is my 6 week check in with the cardiologist. 9am respiratory tests, 10am ex ray and blood work, 11am echocardiogram. Praying that everything shows enough improvement that we can stop talking about another cardio version and this new toxic medication.

I am going to remain firm on my decisions. I do not want to take a drug than gas a high likelihood of causing liver, lung and vision problems. Especially at 35 years old! It is already a risk on my liver and kidneys to take the 9 medications I am on now. I don’t want to add one that is known to be highly toxic.

I can’t seem to get any weight to drop off right now, been holding steady at 305-307. I have been walking a lot and I can feel my endurance growing. Hopefully this will com through in the test results!

Started this morning with a long walk with Sammie dog and a super yummy breakfast of low sodium crumpet topped with egg whites, spinach, and mushrooms! Let’s get through this day and get great test results tomorrow!!

Out of the Darkness and running towards the Happiness!

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Well, It has been a little over a year and a half since I have updated and I am very sorry for that! There really are no excuses to anyone following or even to myself. There have been a multitude of happenings in my life…,New job, lost my home in hurricane Issac, taking shelter with friend, new house, end of relationship, and medical ups and downs peppered in between. These are all things we can delve further into as we go along this ride together!

I have resolved myself to get back into the swing of things and share myself here on this blog that in the past has been so helpful and cathartic.

Through all the ups and down over the last 18 months, I have come out stronger and more self assured. I am learning how to live my life healthier and happier all on my own. It is an adventure of culinary experiments, and mind expanding self examination.

Hope everyone enjoys sharing in my transformation and exploration as much as I enjoy sharing with anyone who can take my trials and contributions to use them to benefit their lives.

Glad to be back and ready to live my life out from under the dark rock I had hidden myself!