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Meatless Monday: Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos + Weekly Menu

stuffedportabellos1Today and this week will be a shock to the system.

No cigarette smoke. More exercise. It’s a miracle I got in a run while in Vegas – our hotel didn’t have a workout room (!?) and it was cold, overcast, and rainy much of the weekend.

I am going to be eating things that are green and filled with fiber and nutrition…and don’t contain an abundance of butter and heavy cream like the pesto mashed potatoes they serve at the Bellagio. Sigh.

stuffedportabellos3I’m going to sleep. Or try to, at least. Because a weekend with a 3-hour fall-back leads to very, VERY late nights and very little sleep. My body is completely confused.

I’m going to do laundry because even though I took twice as many clothes as I needed to…they all smell of smoky Vegas casinos.

I’m going to cook because I haven’t been doing much of that. My recipes in queue have dwindled to a whopping 1 and Mr. Prevention will be accounted for every evening this week. Healthy family dinners, here we come.

stuffedportabellos2And after work, I’ll get to reunite with this girl.

Lily1Because, per the usual, any flight I’m on gets delayed and we spent much of yesterday in the Vegas airport instead of doing things like grocery shopping, laundry, exercising, etc. And of course, by the time we landed, Lily’s daycare was closed and I won’t be able to pick her up until after work 🙁

At which point she will be so sleepy from 4 days of play time that she won’t want to play soccer in the backyard like we’ve been doing, but instead, she’ll want to sleep and cuddle. And I will want to join her. Instead of working out. Or cooking.

But I know that getting back into the swing of things is a good thing. Veggies, and workouts, and normalcy.


Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos slightly adapted from Jenna’s Cooking Journey

olive oil spray (I used my Misto)
4 large portabello mushrooms, wiped clean and stems removed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
3 Tbsp low-fat canola or olive oil-based mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic, minced, divided
1 1/2 tsp dried Italian Seasoning
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 small jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup coarse Panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (1 oz) Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated


Preheat the oven to 450 F.

Scrape the gills from the inside of the mushroom caps. Set the mushroom caps on a baking pan, gill side up, and spray with olive oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the filling. Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of the Italian Seasoning, and the spinach in a medium bowl. Stir together until evenly blended. Gently stir in the artichokes. Spoon the filling mixture over the roasted mushroom caps.

In another small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil with the breadcrumbs, cheese, and remaining 1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning. Stir with a fork to blend. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the filling mixture on each mushroom. Bake for 10 more minutes or until golden and warmed through. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 large mushroom caps.

Nutrition Information (per cap): 228 calories; 14.5 g. fat; 30 mg. cholesterol; 576 mg. sodium; 15.5 g. carbohydrate; 2.8 g. fiber; 9.5 g. protein

Result: I was so impressed with these stuffed portabello caps. They were simple to make and packed with flavor. The caps were large enough to constitute a light entree so I served these with grilled asparagus — a perfectly light warm weather meal that is ready in 25 minutes or less. While the mushrooms are baking you have plenty of time to prep all the stuffing and topping. So simple…so good!


 Weekly Menu: April 16th – 19th

I think this week is going to be fairly calm. I should probably knock on wood, but I am very anxious for a slower pace this week and having Mr. Prevention home…and both of us staying put in Ohio for a few weeks.

Michele, Katie, Heather and Eva each won Bob’s Red Mill Hard White Whole Wheat Flour and Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. Sarah, Mackenzie, and Liz all won Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and Xanthan Gum. Alida won a package including my favorite from Newman’s Own Organics. Michelle won the Bath and Body Works basket from Donna! Jennifer won Eggland’s Best eggs & other goodies! And lastly, Lindsay, Kierstan, and Randi won 6 Larabars a piece! Congrats to all of the winners! I will be in touch via email shortly!

Thank you for entering into the many giveaways! 

Back to the grind…

Be well,

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  1. Gina (The Candid RD)
    April 16, 2012 / 7:11 am

    Glad you enjoyed your trip! I can remember taking a road trip to a casino in Indiana one year and coming back feeling as though I needed to take a 5 hour shower. The smell of smoke was nauseating. Blah.
    Are we still on for our Friday night date?!
    Great recipe, btw, I’m really into portobellas now because I learned that Nick will actually eat them. I never thought he would…. wahooo!! He loves them.

  2. Erika - The Teenage Taste
    April 16, 2012 / 7:13 am

    Pesto mashed potatoes? Sounds fabulous to me, although I can totally see why you’d want to “get back on track” after indulging in Vegas. This mushroom looks delicious – I love stuffed mushrooms, but never saw one stuffed with artichokes. Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    April 16, 2012 / 8:34 am

    Isn’t it funny how when you get home from a vacation you crave that healthy food and getting back to a routine. It’s always nice to take a break but getting back to it can be fun too!

  4. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    April 16, 2012 / 9:35 am

    Vegas does do a fantastic job (compared to most bars/clubs that allow smoking inside) of venting out the smoke, but I agree- you still come home with that “vegas smell”. ha ha

    Rest up, chick!

  5. Alyssa
    April 16, 2012 / 10:11 am

    umm can I come to your house to eat this weekend? Great weekly menu. My husband and I have been playing around with the idea of going meatless for a while, but I feel like I need more recipes under my belt to do that. Thanks for sharing, I will be keeping this one in mind!

  6. Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    April 16, 2012 / 11:06 am

    It’s always so tough to get back in the swing of things after vacation.
    I always feel like I need a day just to do laundry, catch up, etc.
    Your menu for the week looks fabulous!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    April 16, 2012 / 11:10 am

    Glad you had a great trip!

  8. Samantha Angela
    April 16, 2012 / 12:52 pm

    So did you have an awesome time in vegas?? I’m guessing that since it’s “back to the grind” you didn’t hit the jackpot on the slots?
    I’ve been to Vegas a few times but I’m not much of a gambler. I liked staying at Mandalay Bay the best because the pools gave me something to do other than gamble and eat. (Actually when I stayed there I was under 21 so I couldn’t gamble anyway).

  9. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    April 16, 2012 / 1:02 pm

    I want to go to Vegas so badly, but just thinking about it makes me tired. ๐Ÿ™‚

    These sound delicious and I don’t even like mushrooms. I bet this would be good stuffed inside a tomato though. I think I’ll try that.

  10. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    April 16, 2012 / 1:06 pm

    Sp glad you had a fun trip. Regular home cooked and veggie packed meals are always what I crave after a vacation. This mushroom caps sound amazing Nicole. You sure can’t go wrong with spinach-artichoke!

  11. Annie
    April 16, 2012 / 1:07 pm

    Glad you enjoyed these. Definitely a favorite of mine!

  12. Heather
    April 16, 2012 / 8:39 pm

    That recipe looks AMAZING!!!! May have to add it to the menu this week:) Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  13. Baking Serendipity
    April 17, 2012 / 12:16 am

    When I was in Vegas, our hotel had a gym…with a ridiculous fee to use it. My husband and I ran some stairs…and gave up running along the strip and dodging the crowds. I like to think I get enough of a workout in all the walking there anyway! PS: Love this healthy spinach and artichoke recipe!

  14. Kate
    April 17, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    I’m sure you’ll snap right back into your normal lifestyle!

  15. Alida
    April 17, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    I’m glad you had a fun trip! These mushrooms look amazing. I have had spinach artichoke on the brain lately, and love the twist in a stiffed mushroom. Yum!

  16. Jenna
    April 17, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    Just finished making these for dinner. They were flavorful and delicious! thanks!

    • Nicole, RD
      April 17, 2012 / 10:03 pm

      Jenna: I’m so glad you enjoyed them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Veronica
    April 17, 2012 / 11:44 pm

    Thank you for including a photo of Lily! I need to get back on track too, but I didn’t have a Vegas trip to derail me. I just let life do it.

  18. Michele
    May 1, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    Thank you so much for the Bob Mills Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and the White Whole Wheat Flour! I was one of the lucky winners!! They arrived today and I cant wait to try them out in recipes!! Thanks again!!

  19. Erica
    May 8, 2012 / 9:35 am

    Made this this past weekend with my boyfriend and we LOVED them! Will double the recipe next time!

    • Nicole, RD
      May 8, 2012 / 7:28 pm

      Yay! Thanks so much for the feedback! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo!

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  28. Susan
    May 14, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    These were AMAZING. How could you not love mushrooms basically stuffed with spinach and artichoke dip? These will be made many more times in our house. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Nicole, RD
      May 16, 2013 / 6:50 am

      Susan, I couldn’t agree more! They’re divine!

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