Button Mushroom Tapas With Nuts and Green Fillings
When it comes to healthy snacking, nuts are always key. They’re rich in essential antioxidants and minerals which makes them a go-to healthy snack for a lot of us. Additionally, button mushrooms are not only low in calories but they also contain adequate amounts of Vitamin D- which is needed for calcium absorption.
According to a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, mushrooms can also help to improve blood sugar which can help to manage conditions such as diabetes.
In regards to the dairy aspect of this recipe – yes, ricotta cheese does contain saturated fats. However, eating it in small amounts can provide you with calcium, protein and even omega 3 fatty acids.
If you’re looking to enjoy a serving of calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D and all the essential nutrients nuts can provide – the enjoy the below recipe courtesy of renowned food consultant Heleen Meyer.
Button Mushrooms With Ricotta, Nuts and Greens
16 – 20 button mushrooms
1 cup spinach
½ cup fresh herbs, parsley, mint, coriander
¼ cup nuts*, finely chopped
¼ cup ricotta cheese
10ml lemon zest, finely grated
2ml ground cumin
salt and milled black pepper
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Brush mushrooms with olive oil, inside and out.
- Wilt spinach in boiling water, drain and finely chop.
- Transfer the spinach to a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Mix all filling ingredients together and stuff into mushroom caps.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
*use any preferred nut or a mixture of nuts such as, almond, macadamia, brazil nuts and pecan nuts
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