Paleo Recipe - Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms

No Time Like the Present/Today’s Lunch- Stuffed Portabellos

Have you been so hungry but at the same time so conscious of what to eat? We always have that moment when we try to get our hunger satisfied but also carefully watch what food we eat. With this Paleo diet recipe, you don’t need to worry about being healthy, because this recipe is packed full of no nonsense ingredients that are beneficial to your body.

There are definitely days when you will feel like you want a truckload of food, especially when you are pregnant, having a bad day or it is just one of those days when you can’t cope because you haven’t had any carbs or sugar. In my case, it was the latter and it was due to my 7-day challenge of having fewer carbs whilst following the Paleo diet. The challenge was easy if only I didn’t have such a sweet tooth. So how can I satisfy my hunger for carbs?

Paleo Food - Portobello Mushrooms

Over the last few days I’ve had to deal quite a few cravings, but on the last day, I came to the realization that I was very hungry. But being hungry didn’t excuse me from not sticking to my fewer carbs diet, especially as it is proving so beneficial to me. Paleo diet recipes allow you to satisfy your sweet tooth, but not in the traditional way. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy something sweet, and I’ve found that these help me. But rather than trying to stop my cravings I chose to make a big meal.

This recipe is the result of the last day of the challenge and is one of the best Paleo diet recipes I’ve made. Not only did it stop my hunger, it also provided nutrients that made me feel good on the inside. The ingredients in this recipe are definitely winners in terms of health, but kale stands out as one of the healthiest. And since kale is Paleo approved, it fits perfectly for the purpose of my 7-day challenge. But before we go over the benefits this amazing green offers, here is the recipe that saved me from the pangs of hunger.

Paleo Kale Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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A quick and simple dish that will help to keep you satisfied for longer.
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups (473 g) Kale - Chopped
  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms
  • 3 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • ¼ Cup (60 g) Onion - Chopped
  • ¼ Cup (60 g) Red Bell Pepper – Coarsely Chopped
  • ¼ Cup (60 g) Pine Nuts
  • ¼ Cup (60 g) Cilantro (or parsley if you prefer) - Chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Sage
  • ½ Teaspoon (2.5 g) Curry Powder
  • 2-3 Tablespoons (30-44 ml) Olive Oil
  • ¼ - ½ Cup (60-120 ml) Water
  • ⅓ Cup (83 g) Pomegranate Seeds (Optional)
  • Sea Salt and Cayenne Pepper to Taste
Instructions
  1. • We’re going to need the oven so prepare it beforehand by preheating to 350°F (177°C). You will also need to line a cookie sheet with some parchment paper. Set this aside for later.
  2. • Clean the mushrooms then remove the stems. Make sure the mushrooms are dried then oil both sides. Place the mushrooms open side up on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake the mushrooms in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the mushrooms soften.
  3. • Whilst waiting for the mushrooms to cook, you can start making your kale stuffing. Start by sautéing the onion and garlic with the olive oil for about 5 minutes.
  4. • For another five minutes, cook the sage, curry and pine nuts with the sautéed onions and garlic. Then add the red bell pepper and kale then add ¼ cup of water.
  5. • Simmer the vegetables for 5-10 minutes, covered, until kale softens.
  6. • When the kale is cooked, add the fresh cilantro, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. You can then add the pomegranate seeds if you prefer. Remove from heat.
  7. • Take the cooked mushrooms from the oven and add the kale stuffing. Pile as high as you want!
  8. • Serve warm and enjoy!

Why Include More Kale In Your Paleo Diet Recipes?

This dish won’t only satisfy your hunger but provide you with some really great healthy benefits from the green leafy vegetable you’ve used. Kale is a cousin of wild cabbage and is known to be used from as early as 4th century BC in Greece. The trade of kale started in the 19th century by Russians to Canada. Kale will not only make you feel full and satisfy your cravings, it will also give you the following health benefits:

Paleo Recipes - Kale

Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Kale has virtually no cholesterol. If you need a little bit more variety when it comes to vegetables, you can add kale on to your Paleo diet food list. Kale can reduce bad cholesterol whilst increasing good cholesterol levels. Kale does this by producing bile acid sequestrants which help to bind bile acids together. Bile acids, when absorbed by the body, can increase the absorption of cholesterol, particularly the bad ones.

Helps You Shed Some Pounds

This is one of the major reasons why a lot of people get into diet schemes. Kale contains a good amount of dietary fibers which can help your body to eliminate some of those unwanted fats and even toxins. Because it is fibrous, you get fuller easier even when you enjoy a small serving, whilst still giving you enough energy to keep you going until your next meal.

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Beta-carotene Content Of Kale Works Like A Charm

Beta-carotene is an important antioxidant that is converted into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an important substance that promotes better vision and healthier skin. Since beta-carotene is an antioxidant, it is also effective in keeping away some diseases, even some types of cancer.

The Powerful Anti-Oxidants

Besides beta-carotene, kale also has other antioxidants such as flavonoids, quercetin, and polyphenols which are produced by its different vitamin content. These anti-oxidants get rid of free-radicals and toxins and keep the body’s defenses at their best. These antioxidants also help ease inflammation, infection, lower blood pressure and even combat depression. Because of these antioxidants, kale can also rival other vegetables and fruits in preventing cancer.

Paleo Lifestyle - Keeps You Fit

Loaded With Vitamins And Minerals

By vitamins, we mean Vitamins A, B-complex, C and K. These are all important to the body’s functions, tissue and cell growth. These vitamins are also responsible for producing some of the kale’s most important anti-oxidants. If you also want a vegetable that has other important minerals that contribute to a person’s overall health then this is the one for you. Kale contains calcium, magnesium, and iron which are just a few of the amazing minerals that your body can definitely benefit from and which can be found in kale.

There are so many dishes in the Paleo diet that can ease your cravings and keep your tummy satisfied. This dish and its ingredient will show you that you can actually have a great time with Paleo or Caveman diet recipes and not worry about your hunger, even when you’re in a sugar coup d’état. This dish made me succeed with my 7-day challenge and has been on my list of Paleo recipes ever since, and will surely be one of your favorites, too!

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