Portabello Mushrooms, “Bella Bellos”

And for dinner tonight . . .

2 portobello mushrooms
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp soy sauce.

  1. Optionally slice mushrooms.
  2. Mix other ingredients together and let the mushrooms marinate for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour mix into wok or frying pan, and saute for 10-15 minutes until mushrooms are tender (but not too tender) and browned.

This is a great recipe, and the mushrooms’ meaty quality makes them very satisfying.  You can use chopped mushrooms in a wrap, eat it like a steak, or put it on a bun.

Note that if you ‘scale up’ you don’t need to double the marinade if you double the amount of mushrooms – though if you’re not chopping them you can usually only cook 2 at a time.

– Steven Savage

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili is a recipe that caught my attention online and as it has a lot of things I liked, I tried it.  My first result was pretty haphazard and didn’t hold the flavor well when frozen – it had a hint of good taste that quickly quashed.  So after a bit of reading up I tweaked it – adding red wine vinegar and oregano based on my research (which consisted of “what other recipes are like this that have stuff I didn’t use”).  So here’s what I tried tonight:

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp crushed garlic
1 medium onion, diced
2 med sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup water
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar.
1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained (about 1 1/2, 1 3/4 cups)
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 15 oz can black beans, drained, washed (about 1 1/2, 1 3/4 cups ea)

1) Sauté oil, onions, garlic for two minutes
2) Add sweet potatoes, sauté until onion is soft and transparent, – about 5-6 minutes.
3) Reduce heat, add all other ingredients in order listed, stir to combine
4) Simmer, covered with slightly open lid, 20-25 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until everything is cooked and flavors are blended.

And the results?

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