Medicinal and Magical Superfood–
Mushrooms are wonderful, medicinal and magical. I love the history of these amazing little fungi. Dating back to Ancient Rome, the healers of the time understood their amazing powers. High in antioxidants, vitamin D, and selenium, mushrooms provide many potent health benefits. Studies show that mushrooms help increase our immune response. They provide powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. A potent superfood, they help decrease the risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, respiratory disease and other chronic conditions.
Centuries Old International Tradition
Stuffed mushroom date back to 19th-century Italian cuisine. But the French spread their popularity in the 20th century. Over my life I’ve enjoyed many varieties of stuffed mushrooms. I would typically eat them at holiday parties or social events. At home I’ve tried making a variety of stuffed mushrooms. This one is my family’s indisputable favorites. My sons eat them up so fast that I have to make a double or triple batch! It’s a quick-and-easy recipe you can whip up in less than 45 minutes. These stuffed mushrooms are more than plain delicious. They are “sinfully” delicious. So, if you are looking delicious and healthy side dish that is sure to be a hit, try this! Put this recipe on the top of your must try list.
Stuffed with Healthy Ingredients
Check out the healthy ingredients of this garlic stuffed mushroom recipe:
I use avocado oil for its health benefits and flavors. It’s chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need. Plus, I like the taste.
A common ingredient in many recipes, garlic is one of the most underappreciated superfoods. Garlic helps support heart health. It helps reduce cholesterol levels and helps reduce blood pressure. Garlic also boosts our immune response, helps combat sickness and provides many other health benefits.
Organic cream cheese is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Used in moderation, cream cheese adds just the right amount of creamy goodness texture to the stuffing. It’s the yummy ingredient that takes these mushrooms from plain delicious to “sinfully delicious”.
This stuffing includes parmesan cheese which is a good source of calcium and vitamin D. We need calcium, vitamin D and protein to support our bone health, particularly as we age. By age 30, we have achieved maximum bone density. For that reason, it’s important to nourish our bones with good sources of calcium and vitamin D such as parmesan cheese.
Since onion powder is low in salt, it’s a popular ingredient to help reduce sodium content in many recipes. Onion powder is also a good source of calcium, potassium and magnesium which is are some of the key nutrients we need to stay in healthy balance.
Red cayenne pepper is a potent medicinal ingredient dating back almost 10,000 years. The healing powers of cayenne come from its high potassium, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E content.
Transformative Benefits of the Mighty Mushroom
Mushrooms can help transform our health. They have helped maintain vitality and overall well-being since ancient times. The variety of potent fungi on the planet provide diverse health benefits. For example, Chaga mushrooms from Finland help provide antioxidant benefits. And Reishi mushrooms from China support healthy immune function. Shitake-Maitake mushrooms, also from China, support general well-being. And Cordyceps mushroom mycelium aids vitality and endurance. Plus many more have special health benefits. Fungi are like Nature’s medicine chest. They are a medicinal food.
Powerful Nutrition in a Delicious Bite Size Morsel
The nutrient rich ingredients in these bite-size tasty mushroom morsels help support our health. This Garlic Stuffed Mushroom recipe is one of the tastiest ways I know that packs a powerful superfood punch in a tiny bite. Whether for a family meal or holiday gathering, these Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms are sure to be a hit. Even more, they are powerfully nutritious and sinfully delicious at the same time. Let me know what you think.
The mushroom toad has symbolized transformative powers for centuries– both magical and medicinal. Mushrooms have symbolized special magical powers since ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics to the modern classic literature. Alice nibbled on the most famous and magical literary mushroom in her Adventures in Wonderland. The Royalty of Ancient China commonly used Reishi mushrooms for medicinal benefits, especially to aid longevity. Above all, mushrooms are far more than a symbol of transformation. They are a medicinal food that has provided humans powerful health benefits since Ancient times.
Next time you see a cartoon of a toad stool, think of the amazing transformative benefits of the mighty mushroom!
Enjoy and Live Well with Zest!
Written By Bev HopePrint
Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms
- Prep Time: 25 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings, 2 each 1x
- Category: Sides
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- 12 whole fresh organic button mushrooms
- Avocado oil- 1 tablespoon
- 1 8-ounce package of organic cream cheese, softened
- Minced organic garlic- 1 tablespoon
- Grated organic Parmesan cheese- 1/4 cups
- Ground black pepper- 1/4 teaspoon
- Organic onion powder- 1/4 teaspoon
- Ground organic cayenne pepper- 1/4 teaspoon
- Ghee butter or regular butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease baking dish or baking sheet with Ghee butter
- Remove cream cheese from package and let soften.
- Clean mushrooms by brushing them gently with a damp paper towel.
- Remove the stems and chop in extremely fine pieces, remove the tough edges.
- Chop garlic in fine pieces if using fresh garlic.
- Heat avocado oil or olive oil in stainless steel skillet over medium heat.
- Add chopped mushrooms and garlic to the skillet. Cook until the moisture has reduced, without overcooking the garlic. Set aside to cool.
- Stir garlic and mushroom mister in cream cheese.
- Mix in Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder, and cayenne pepper and stir well. Mixture should be very thick.
- Use a small spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a heaping pile of cream cheese stuffing. Arrange the mushroom caps on the prepared backing dish or sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under the caps.
Stuffed mushrooms are a container for creative expression. Mix in your favorite herbs such as chives, tarragon, parsley, or basil, oregano, dill, or rosemary. Proteins such as egg, or sausage, pork, bacon, or veal meat add variety. Include plant-based protein such n chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, pine nuts or Macadamia nuts. Add chopped vegetables such as artichoke hearts, red peppers, scallions, or jalapenos. The possibilities are endless to create the perfect herb, spicy, or savory stuffed mushroom morsel.
Keywords: Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms