Italian Dinner Party – Pt.1 Tuscan Stuffed Mushroom

Behold! The best mushroom caps ever made!

Behold! The best mushroom caps ever made!

I don’t know why I call these Tuscan mushroom caps. Probably because the smell and taste of olives and roasted red peppers brings to mind very old-world humble food, or maybe it’s the first name that came to mind. Either way they are delicious!  Don’t they look tasty? I thought so too… so much so that I made a double batch, cooked them early and ruined my dinner. Well that and half a loaf of pumpkin bread. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though because the main dish was homemade pasta and if you’ve ever tried to make pasta by hand you know it can be a bit of a pain in the butt. That’s all the hints on next week’s dish from me.

You will notice I suggest exposing the mushrooms to sunlight. This is because it turns them into little vitamin D2 bombs. Which if you’re a full time vegan you may have noticed it hard to find in food sources.  Also don’t throw away the mushroom stems or gills! They are great for tossing in stir fries, soups and of course gravy! Anyways it’s time for me to get back to my first of 4 consecutive 10 hour days. Wish me luck!


Don't they look yummy?

Don’t they look yummy?

10-12 Button Mushrooms (UV exposed for 20 mins)
1/3 cup olives 
1/3 cup roasted red peppers 
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast 
1 tbsp Olive Oil 
Salt and Pepper to taste 
Clean button mushrooms and place in sunlight for 20-30 mins. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove stems and gills. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. 
Finely chop olives and roasted red peppers. Combine olives, red peppers, nutritional yeast olive oil and add a touch of salt and pepper to taste. 
Distribute the olive mixture into the mushrooms. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Korean BBQ Dinner Party- Pt.1 Mandu

Last week I was watching a tv show about dinner parties and I was struck with an idea for my blog. I thought I should be doing vegetarian dinner party meal plans. It’s something that I’ve thought a lot about especially when I initially cut meat out of my diet. So I’m starting with a three part Korean BBQ theme. It’s very simple and the main really tastes like your eating animal fat on the barbecue steak.

Today I’m starting with the appetizer, Mandu. Mandu means dumpling in Korean and is traditionally served with equal parts vinegar and soy sauce for dipping. I find it tastes better smothered in sweet chili sauce but if you want to remain authentic use the soy-vinegar sauce.

Making your own dumplings may seem overwhelming but after you make your first batch it gets faster and faster. Just remember to purchase dumpling wrappers they are thicker than wonton wrappers and will prevent a meltdown in the kitchen. Also these freeze really well but there is a trick to it. Place the freshly made dumplings on parchment paper and place directly in the freezer. Once they are frozen you can place them in a ziplock bag and cook from frozen.

Anyways enough talking and more cooking!



10 Shitake Mushrooms

3/4 cup Portobello Mushrooms

3 cloves of garlic

1/3 cup leek

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

Dash of salt

1 tsp sugar

30-40 dumpling wrappers

Small glass or bowl of water

1 tbsp coconut oil (or whatever you have on hand)


Re-hydrate shitakes in warm water for 45 minutes to an hour.

Once shitakes are re-hydrated place in a food processor with Portobello mushrooms, leeks and garlic. Once mixture is finely processed transfer to a bowl.

Add sesame oil, soy sauce, salt and sugar to mushrooms and mix well.

Add a small spoonful of mixture into the center of the wrapper and fold in half. Use water from the cup or bowl to seal the edges.

Place finished dumpling on a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure not to allow the dumplings to touch.

Once all the dumplings are made heat a pan with oil and place dumpling in the pan. Brown each side and then add a splash of water and cover for 3 minutes. Turn the dumplings and cover for another 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with a dipping sauce.