I love making versatile recipes that can be eaten as snacks, appetizers or even full meals. My Carrot n’ Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms are one of those great recipes! Stuffed mushrooms are a great option for appetizers at a dinner party or a quick afternoon snack. Many appetizers are heavy on gluten or dairy, so they aren’t allergy-friendly or healthy but this recipe is super easy to make and packed with a bunch of my favorite healthy super foods including quinoa, wild rice, carrots, olive oil, and mushrooms. These mushrooms are filled to the brim with a handful of nutrients! They are also free of gluten, dairy, and soy, so they’re a great option for those of you who have allergies or food sensitivities.
In the world of nutrition and science we tend to point to “food villains” and look for for quick fixes. For a long time, fat was a “food villain.” People went on low-fat diets to try to lose weight. When that didn’t work, the pendulum swung back and it became all about avoiding carbs like the plague. But all carbs are not created equal!
Our bodies need carbohydrates. It’s not for nothing that we tend to crave “sweet” things – our instincts tell us that we need the energy and nutrients that hide in these foods. But a whole food is always superior to a processed food. Instead of loading up on candy bars and soda, we can satisfy our body’s need for carbohydrates with whole foods from nature.
I’m just crazy about quinoa, that tiny, nutty tasting little seed that makes a delicious
alternative to grains. Quinoa is so quick, and easy to cook., loaded with protein and very diverse. It’s a great base for salads, stir-fries and even as a breakfast porridge with walnuts, fresh blueberries and a drizzle of raw honey. And it also makes a delicious base for gluten free pizza.
Be sure to cook extra since it keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days.
You can certainly live a delicious and gluten-free life without resorting to cardboard crackers or highly processed, gluten-free baked goods and cookies!
There are plenty of nutritious alternatives out there that also happen to be gluten-free. Whether you just want to cut back on your intake of this hard-to digest, glue-like protein, have an allergy or sensitivity to gluten or you simply want some new ideas to supplement in to your diet – these foods will rock your boat!