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The Best Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers

I set out to make a great tasting grilled portobello mushroom burger that even a meat lover would love. The mushrooms are marinated then grilled and topped with melted Swiss Cheese, grilled red onion,  tomatoes, spinach, and avocado – yum!!

The only thing my husband said would make these burgers better is adding bacon… maybe next time.
I wanted to give the mushrooms a meaty flavor, so I marinated them with balsamic, soy sauce and Montreal steak seasoning. These were so good, perfect for meatless Mondays or any night of the week.

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4  • Size: 1 loaded burger  • Old Points: 6 • Weight Watcher Points+: 8 pt
Calories: 295 • Fat: 13 g • Carb: 31 g • Fiber: 11 g • Protein: 21 g • Sugar: 6 g
Sodium: 594 mg (without salt) • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 4 portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1-1/2 tsp steak seasoning like Montreal Steak Grill Mates
  • 4 thick slices red onion
  • 4 oz reduced fat Swiss, sliced thin (Alpine lace)
  • 4 thin slices tomato
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced thin
  • baby spinach
  • 4 whole wheat low calorie buns (I used Martin)

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, oil, rosemary, and Montreal steak seasoning. Place the mushroom caps in the bowl and toss with sauce, using a spoon to evenly coat. Let stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes, turning a few times.

Heat the grill or indoor grill pan over medium heat. When hot, brush the grate with oil or lightly spray the grill pan. Place the mushrooms on the grill, reserving marinade for basting. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until tender, brushing with marinade frequently.

Top the mushrooms with cheese during the last minute of cooking. While the mushrooms cook, grill the onions about 1 minute on each side and grill the buns until toasted.

To finish, place the spinach and grilled portobello mushrooms on the buns and top with the grilled onions, sliced tomato and avocado.

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Just Peachy Green Smoothie

At least 3 to 4 days a week, I start my morning with a green smoothie because it’s a quick way to enjoy a nutritious breakfast without having to cook a thing. Just throw everything in the blender and breakfast is ready in less than a minute. I especially love this time of year when stone fruits are in season, especially sweet juicy peaches.

Which is the perfect time to make this delicious smoothie, because frozen peaches just aren’t the same. For this protein packed liquid breakfast, I combined the peaches (skin and all) with a frozen ripe banana, some hemp seeds for extra protein, almond milk and baby spinach (you can’t taste it, I promise!) My toddler loves green smoothies and always reminds me to buy spinach when I’m out (cracks me up!).

I often get asked about my blender, and I can’t say enough good things about my Blendtec Total Blender. I never really knew what I was missing until I owned it, and now I’m not sure I could ever live without it. It’s so powerful, perfect for whipping up smoothies and so much more. If you don’t have one, no worries, I used to use my magic bullet and it worked just fine. But if you want to own one, and can’t really afford it, you’re in luck! I am hosting a Countdown to Summer Pin-It-To-Win-It Contest[1] on Pinterest and Blendtec[2] was generous
enough to sponsor the prize. TWO lucky people have the chance to win a
Blendtec Total Blender Classic Wildside[3] plus the twister jar, each valued over $450.00. If you want to test your luck, see details here[4] (you never know!)

And just one note about counting points in smoothies, as per Weight Watchers[5] the official answer is yes, you should count the fruit when you calculate the recipe in recipe builder when making smoothies. That being said, I’ve been told many WW leaders don’t. One WW leader mentioned on my Facebook page[6]:

Just Peachy Green Smoothie
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 2 • Size: 16-oz smoothie • Old Points: 4 • Weight Watcher Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 205 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 31 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 20 g
Sodium: 170 mg • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach
  • 2 large or 4 small fresh ripe sweet peaches, pitted (2/3 cup)
  • 2 tbsp raw hemp seeds, shelled
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • sweetener, to taste (I used a few drops of Nu-Naturals liquid stevia)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth, adjust sweetener to your taste.

References

  1. ^ Countdown to Summer Pin-It-To-Win-It Contest (sweeps.piqora.com)
  2. ^ Blendtec (www.blendtec.com)
  3. ^ Blendtec Total Blender Classic Wildside (www.blendtec.com)
  4. ^ here (sweeps.piqora.com)
  5. ^ Weight Watchers (www.weightwatchers.com)
  6. ^ Facebook page (www.facebook.com)

Mango Banana Green Smoothie

Start the morning RIGHT with the super delicious, creamy green smoothie made with frozen banana, baby spinach, fresh mango, hemp seeds and unsweetened almond milk.

I usually start my mornings with a big green smoothie, so I’m loving the new Superfood Smoothies [1]book, by Julie Morris and LOVED this recipe! While thumbing through her book, their were several recipes with ingredients I don’t usually have on hand, and hemp seeds was one of them. But I’ve been curious about them, because I was looking for more ways to add protein to my smoothies without using yogurt, so off to the health food store I went to pick some up.

Guess what, they are really DELICIOUS, similar to the taste of raw sunflower seeds. They are one of the best sources of protein on the planet according to Julie, and include all 8 essential amino acids. The recipe below is for two, but if your making this for yourself, just divide the recipe. Be sure to freeze your bananas so your smoothie is thick, almost like the texture of a milkshake.

If you’re wondering where to find raw shelled hemp seeds, I’ve seen them at Costco, my local Organic Supermarket, the health food aisle of my supermarket, or you can order them on Amazon[2]. Be sure they are shelled and unsalted. Of course if you wish you can sub them out for another seed such as sunflower or flax.

This will be on my regular rotation from now on, and I love that it’s 4 points plus on Weight Watchers for 16 oz, plus it’s perfect for dairy-free, clean, vegetarian, gluten-free, and Paleo-friendly.

Mango Banana Superfood Green Smoothie
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 2 • Size: 16 oz smoothie • Old Points: 3 • Weight Watcher Points+: 4 pt
Calories: 173.5 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 27 g Fiber: 4.5 g • Protein: 5 gSugar: 15.5 g
Sodium: 171 mg • Cholest: 0 mg 

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach
  • 2/3 cup fresh mango, diced
  • 2 tbsp raw hemp seeds, shelled[3]
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • sweetener, to taste (I used a few drops of Nu-Naturals liquid stevia)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth, adjust sweetener to your taste.

Source: Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing and Nutrient Dense Recipes[4]

You may also like:

Skinny Green Monster
Blueberry Banana PB Smoothie
Tropical Green Smoothie
[5][6][7]

References

  1. ^ Superfood Smoothies (www.amazon.com)
  2. ^ Amazon (www.amazon.com)
  3. ^ raw hemp seeds, shelled (www.amazon.com)
  4. ^ Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing and Nutrient Dense Recipes (www.amazon.com)
  5. ^ Skinny Green Monster (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  6. ^ Blueberry Banana PB Smoothie (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  7. ^ Tropical Green Smoothie (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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