Paleo/Gluten Free/Vegan Pesto Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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Yield: 4 stuffed mushrooms

-4 portobello mushrooms (the larger the better)

-2 cups fresh basil

-1 cup of frozen spinach, thawed and excess water pressed out

-1/3 cup walnuts

-1 clove garlic

-2 tsps freshly cracked black pepper

-4 tablespoons olive oil

-4 thin slices of beefsteak tomato

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Gently remove the stems of the portobello mushrooms. Clean the mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Be sure to do this gently or else you could break your mushroom.

Place the mushrooms into a large glass baking pan. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the mushrooms are fork tender.

In a food processor or blender, add the fresh basil, thawed and drained frozen chopped spinach, walnuts, garlic, black pepper, and olive oil. If you need more olive oil, depending on how thick your pesto gets, feel free to add more.

Fill each mushroom cap with the pesto. Like the picture shows, add enough pesto so that it comes up past the rim of the mushroom. Place a slice of tomato on top of each mushroom, then place them back into the oven for just a few more minutes until the tomato gets tender.

Let the mushrooms cool for 5-10 minutes so the juices will be retained in the mushroom when you eat it, & then enjoy!

Pineapple Salsa

IMG_7239This recipe is super simple & delicious. Just mix all of the ingredients together, taste for salt & pepper, and then let sit for about 20 minutes in the fridge before serving. This will give it enough time for the flavors to marry. If you like your salsas a little spicier, you can add minced jalapeno to it (I would say about 1/2 tsp worth for this quantity). I love how this salsa is nice and sweet and has a great texture from the pineapple. Enjoy!

Serves: 4

-1 fresh pineapple (small), cut into small pieces

-1 medium roma tomato, diced

-2 tablespoons minced onion

-2 tablespoons cilantro, minced

-1 teaspoon salt

-pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)