Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Quinoa-Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms

If only quinoa is as affordable as rice, I would eat it almost everyday. But quinoa is five times more expensive than brown rice and even millet. But I love quinoa. They’re soft to the bite with an incredible texture. I love Bob’s Red Mill brand because you don’t need to wash it and it has a better consistency compared to Arrowhead Mills (just my personal taste). But the price is just outrageous.

For this dish, I combined the quinoa with some soft onions, red bell pepper and zucchini. But if you want to add some meat to it, some sautéed chopped chorizo would also be great. When cooking quinoa, I like to cook a full batch. So, instead of cooking ½ cup of quinoa, I do a basic full recipe which is always better. Leftover quinoa keeps very well at least week in the fridge. And there are so many recipes you can do with this.

Aside from being complete in protein, they are also strengthening and cleansing to the body. There are so many health benefits of quinoa and that includes revitalizing the liver and strengthening the kidneys. It is also an anti-stress food as they are high in B vitamins. Just include this pseudo grain into your meals as they are great for every body organ and functions. And even if you decide to go on a detoxification mode for a few days, quinoa does the job of giving you the health benefits.

I just love shiitake mushrooms. These ones are great for stuffing and I always cook them with something moist. For me, shiitakes are always best when cooked with a liquid but that’s jut my personal opinion.

The basic tomato sauce is a recipe from Rouxbe Online Cooking School. Once you’ve learned how to make this sauce by watching their video, you’ll never want to try another recipe again. So basic that you can add other flavors after according to the dish you’re making. I’ve been to cooking school but I can’t remember learning this sauce. I’m sure I was listening to the chef instructor and I’m very much awake when class is in session. Honestly, there are so many things I’ve learned at Rouxbe Online Cooking School that I didn’t learn in an actual culinary academy. What did I pay those chef instructors for? I hope they're not reading this though.

I still have some local Mozzarella cheese from Rizal Dairy Farm which is really, really good. If you don’t want the extra calories, you can also use some grated Parmesan cheese. Either way, the dish will still be good.

Quinoa-Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms
in Tomato Sauce

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water, chicken or vegetable stock
½ tsp unrefined sea salt

Quinoa mixture:
½ small onion
1/8 red bell pepper
2-inch piece zucchini
½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cooked quinoa
Unrefined sea salt, to taste

To assemble:
1 ½ cups basic tomato sauce
12 large shiitake mushrooms
quinoa mixture

To finish:
4 oz mozzarella cheese

To cook the quinoa, combine the dried quinoa, water (or chicken/vegetable stock) and salt in a heavy medium pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. When it is ready, small steam holes should appear on the surface. Remove from the heat; place a tea towel under the lid to absorb any steam for about 7-10 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 375º degrees Fahrenheit (or 190° degrees Celsius).

To prepare the quinoa mixture, first peel and mince the onion, and cut the bell pepper and zucchini into small dice. Heat a small pan over medium-low heat. Add the oil, followed by the onions. Then add a pinch of salt and let the onions cook gently until they are softened. Add the bell pepper and zucchini. Cook for another 2 minutes to release their aroma. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture into a bowl. Add the quinoa and toss to combine. Then season with salt to taste.

To stuff the mushrooms, remove the stem from the mushrooms. Save the stems for making a stock. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper. Then, spoon each mushroom with the quinoa stuffing.

To assemble the dish, cover the base of a glass baking dish (7.5 inch x10.5 inch) with the tomato sauce. Lay the stuffed mushrooms into the sauce. The 12 mushrooms were able to fit in. Then, cover the baking dish with a foil and bake for about 15-20 minutes until the mushrooms are tender.

While the mushrooms are baking, grate the mozzarella cheese.

After about 10-15 minutes, remove the foil and place the grated mozzarella cheese on top of each stuffed mushrooms. Continue to bake for another3-5 minutes (without the foil) or until the cheese melts and dish is nice and hot.

Once done, serve immediately.

You can also follow and print these Quinoa-Stuffed Mushrooms in Tomato Sauce at Rouxbe Online Cooking Schoool. You may also like the these: Scented Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts and Raisins as well as the Orange-Quinoa with Swee Potatoes. Enjoy.


  1. i say YEEEESSS for quinoa!such a beautiful post!

  2. I love quinoa and my husband loves mushrooms - I think this dish is a match made in heaven for us!

  3. These look lovely. I love quinoa as well! It's so good for you too, an added bonus. I could pop a lot of these little mushrooms in my mouth, they'd be dangerous!

  4. I've been dying to try quinoa for sometime now and I can never seem to find it anywhere near me. Looks like I need to make a trek to trader joe's! I'm loving this recipe, it's so healthy yet delicious and full of flavor

  5. I love ALL these ingredients - looks like a great dish even for meat eaters!

  6. Oh my!! This looks too good! I think those mushrooms are calling my name. Yep. I hear them now... LOL

    I can't pick which is my fav. photo b/c they're all amazing! Nicely done, Divina.

  7. These look delicious! I love stuffed mushrooms and this recipe sounds amazing. Wonderful job!

  8. Quinoa is so great and your recipe sounds healthy and delicious! thanks for sharing:)

  9. Looks so delicious! I have not tried quinoa yet, but I love shiitake mushrooms, so I will have to give this a try!

  10. looks beautiful and very tasty. wonderful job! stuffed mushroom is such a popular dish worldwide. you can find it in a lot of cuisines. but your recipe is something i'd love to try.
    p.s. i hope you are out of the flood zone

  11. What is quinoa? Beans, rice....??? Try to find out. I have no idea what is it! Thank you.

  12. @ Alison - Thank you. I'm glad you love quinoa.

    @ Tastry Trix - thank you. You can make it vegetarian by substituting with cashew chesse.

    @ Tasty Eats At Home - Thank you.

    @ Jessie - thank you. I'm sure if you can find this in New York City and they're probably cheaper than ours.

    @ Eatlivetravelwrite - meat eaters will love this too.

    @ Kamran - I heard the mushrooms too calling your name. Thanks a lot.

    @ tokyoterrace - thanks Rachel. I ditto with any stuffed mushrooms.

    @ Karine - thanks and you're very welcome.

    @ Southern Grace Gourmet - Once you've tried quinoa, you will love to eat it again and agian.

    @ Short and Bald - thank you very much. And thanks for your concern. Our area was flooded too but not as worst as other areas.

    @ My Little Space - I'll put it on future posts. But quinoa is a psuedo-grain. It's actually a seed but considered as a grain because they are prepared and cooked as a grain.

  13. now I can try and buy a box of (Bob's) quinoa -- was tempted before but don't know how to make a meal of it, thanks! this will also benefit my son as we are trying so hard to provide a GFCF diet

  14. I just found your blog...everything looks delicious. Im a big quinoa fan as well. I cant wait to try this recipe..much thanks.Figtreeapps

  15. using shiitake mushrooms to do stuffing - isnt it unconventional or what? but who cares! look at the photos, they are beautiful! i bet they must be tasty too!

  16. I am so excited, I found a beautiful bag of organic quinoa at COSTCO...can you believe that!

    Can't wait to try this out...along with a few others of your Divina. Thanks again

  17. Looks fantastic! I sometimes stuff mushrooms with cheees, but never thought any other filling mixture before. This is a great idea!Hope I can find quinoa here, or is it possible to substitute it with bulgur (pounded wheat)?

  18. I love shiitake mushroom, I've heard of quinoa and it's health benefits; and seen it on the aisle of healthy options but just don't know what to do with it.. love this recipe, another good one Divine, keep it up! :)

  19. What a beautifully colourful dish Divina! :) You know I've never cooked quinoa-a friend gave me a packet and it had bugs in it so I had to throw it out :(

  20. this is beautiful I love it !!!thanks for the pictures ; Today I have tried French Haute couture in cuisine so come and see me !! cheers Pierre

  21. what a lovely blog. quinoa as stuffing is a good idea.

  22. What a beautiful blog! I love your pictures....:)

  23. Hi,
    I found your blog through Mom Friday. Your name is very familiar. I use to live in Manila, but now am in Toronto.

    I love this recipe! Healthy and delicious! I'll be following your blog for more recipes!

  24. P.S. I've already bookmarked this!!

  25. @ Mom-Friday - Quinoa is really good. Great for kids too.

    @ figtree - thank you. Quinoa is really great, isn't it.

    @ lululu - haha. thanks.

    @ dawn - how I wish quinoa is as cheap as rice. They're available at Costco. I wonder how much they cost. Thank you.

    @ Zerrin - yes you can substitute quinoa with bulgur. That would work well too.

    @ Simply Life - thanks a lot.

    @ Olive - thank you. I think you know what to do now.

    @ Lorraine - :) Thank you.

    @ pierre - thank you. I will visit your site soon.

    @ maybelle's mom - thank you very much.

    @ erica - thanks a lot.

    @ jen laceda - thank you very much. I actually wanted to live in Vancouver but it didn't happen.

  26. I suppose I need to go visit this online school. The quinoa is a grain that I've only played with a couple of times. The fall seems like the perfect time to re-acquaint myself.

    Your posts are so thorough. I have to say, I've never realized that it was expensive, but like I said, I haven't bought it but a few times. In fact, I think I have some in the cupboard. Hmmm...

  27. Your quinoa looks really lovely! And it's a good idea to use as stuffing!

  28. I am so making this ! I love mushroom and this is a very healthy dish with the grain! so creative!
    thank you again!

  29. This looks so gorgeous and colourful! Thanks for sharing! Beautiful pictures too!

  30. @ Kim - they're probably cheaper in the US. I love this grain and I'm sure you will love it too.

    @ mycookinghut - thank you.

    @lishapisa - thanks a lot!

    @ Sanjana - You're welcome and thank you.


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