Spinach-Ricotta Portobellos

by Suzanne Andrews

This vegetarian treat goes great with whole wheat pasta and a side salad. As an added bonus, each stuffed mushroom cap serves up a healthy dose of calcium and protein!

  What You'll Need:

  •    4 large Portobello mushrooms (caps)
  •    1/4 tsp sea salt
  •    1/4 tsp black pepper, divided
  •    1 cup reduced fat ricotta cheese
  •    1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped
  •    1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  •    2 tbsp kalamata olives,diced
  •    1/2 tsp Italian herb seasoning
  •    3/4 cup marinara sauce  

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Coat a baking sheet with no-calorie cooking spray and preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place Portobello caps on baking sheet, gills facing up.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Cook until tender (about 20 minutes).
  4.  While caps are cooking, mix ricotta cheese, spinach leaves, 1/4  cup Parmesan cheese, diced olives, Italian seasoning, and remaining pepper in a bowl.
  5.  Pour marinara sauce into a separate bowl and cook or microwave until hot.
  6. Remove caps from oven and drain them. Place them back on the baking sheet and spread 1 tbsp marinara sauce on each.
  7. Heap each cap with 1/3 cup ricotta spinach filling. Sprinkle all caps with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, and serve with remaining warm marinara sauce.

 More Tips

  Here are some more tips for putting together exciting and healthy recipes:

    * Try new meats. Veal, lamb, and bison are ultra-lean and full of flavor.

   * Add color to your recipes. A balanced diet should contain plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables. Take this opportunity to try new varieties of produce.

   * Use whole-grain rice and pasta. Whole grain products provide plenty of fiber and keep blood sugar spikes to a minimum. Many dieters also find them to be heartier and more satisfying than regular white flour products.

    Remember that with "Eating for Energy" you can fall in love with beautiful, healthy foods you never knew existed and be on your way to a slimmer, healthier you.

Suzanne Andrews founded Functional Fitness in 2008, the most popular fitness series for boomers and seniors broadcasting on over 159 Public Television stations throughout the US and Canada. Read Suzanne’s inspiring comeback story of how she survived a near fatal accident, From Deaths Door to Producing a National Fitness Series. Feel free to send Suzanne a message here.

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