Have you ever tried roasting your mushrooms? I discovered during the making of my cookbook that roasting not-so-fancy mushrooms condenses their flavors into gourmet territory. They transform from spongy raw fungi into tender, richly flavored umami bombs along the way.
I understand that mushrooms aren’t for everyone (sometimes, they’re not even for me), but I’m into these roasted mushrooms. For those of you who are on the fence when it comes to mushrooms, I hope this recipe brings you over to my side.
This recipe is a great side dish or light meal. First, I roasted up some cremini mushrooms, also known as baby bella mushrooms (they’re young portobellos—get it?). Then I served the roasted mushrooms, with all of their delicious mushroom juices, on a bed of herbed quinoa. A squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle of pepitas rounds out the flavors and textures.
For a more complete meal, I think you could stir some chickpeas or white beans into the quinoa. You can also change it up by roasting the mushrooms with a splash of balsamic vinegar (so good).
Once again, I bought all of my ingredients at ALDI. They have organic quinoa and olive oil, plus a wide variety of fresh produce and rBST-free cheeses, all at impressively low prices. Their new blog called Hello, Healthy, offers recipes, cooking videos and resources on how to live a healthy life. You can check out my recipe on their blog here. Have you been to an ALDI yet?!
- 16 ounces Baby Bella mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup SimplyNature Organic Quinoa, rinsed in a fine-mesh colander
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup Priano Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, green parts only
- 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling on top
- 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons toasted pepitas
- To prepare the mushrooms: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup (the rim is important, as the mushrooms release a lot of juices while roasting—use a large baking dish if you don't have a rimmed baking sheet).
- Quarter the large mushrooms, halve the medium mushrooms, leave small mushrooms whole, and place them all onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over them and sprinkle the salt on top. Toss until the mushrooms are evenly coated in oil. Roast until the mushrooms are tender and somewhat condensed in size, about 15 to 18 minutes, tossing halfway.
- Meanwhile, to cook the quinoa: Combine the rinsed quinoa and water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat a bit to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat as time goes on to maintain a gentle simmer.
- Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes. Then, remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add the Parmesan, most of the parsley (reserve about 1 tablespoon for garnish), green onions, garlic, salt and olive oil. Stir to combine, then add 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice to the mixture and black pepper, both to taste.
- To assemble, pour the quinoa into a small serving platter or medium serving bowl. Top with the roasted mushrooms and their extra juices, then sprinkle pepitas and the remaining parsley on top. Finally, finish the dish with a light drizzle of olive oil over the mushrooms. This dish is best when fresh, but leftovers keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.
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