It's hard to find a better party-pleasing appetizer than stuffed mushrooms! But why wait for a party? You can enjoy these on any weeknight as a healthy snack while binging your favorite show, or quickly whip up for last-minute guests.
We say "quickly" because you literally place all of the ingredients (minus the mushrooms) in a blender, stuff the mushroom caps, and that's it! After stuffing the mushrooms, you can either serve them raw, or bake them in the oven. Either way, they taste amazing! Do appetizers get much easier than this?
This recipe uses creamy alfredo sauce, heart-healthy cashews, the freshness of lemon, and savory herbs that will give your mouth an explosion of good, earthy flavor. Plus, you're getting a snack loaded with:
- B vitamins
- Heart-healthy fats
This is also a great way to introduce your kids to mushrooms. They'll love the fun, adorable look of the mushroom caps, and you can always sprinkle them with your favorite cheese, like parmesan. They are also a filling snack and can fuel your kids for all of their activities.
Mushroom and Cashew Health Benefits
The nutritional power of mushrooms and cashews goes far beyond the list above! This super-easy recipe has more health benefits than just about any other snack you can make.
Mushrooms are one of the few foods that have Vitamin D. What's better is, according to WebMd, their fiber, protein, and antioxidant content can help fight off serious diseases such as Alzheimer's, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Cashews are full of heart-healthy, unsaturated fats, which can be helpful in driving down cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. They're also a filling source of protein and support brain health thanks to their hefty servings of magnesium and manganese.
So don't feel guilty, eat more than just one (or a few...maybe have several) of these amazing stuffed mushrooms!
Liana Werner-Gray is the founder and owner of The Earth Diet, author of diet-related books and an advocate for natural healing using a healthy diet and lifestyle. Check out her books: Cancer-Free with Food, Anxiety-Free with Food, The Earth Diet, and 10-Minute Recipes. Connect with her on Facebook or Instagram @lianawernergray.
Featured Post: Easy, Heart-Healthy Alfredo Stuffed Mushrooms
16 white button mushrooms (wiped clean and stems removed)
1 1/4 cups alfredo sauce (either homemade or store-bought)
1 1/4 cups cashews
1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp. dill
1/4 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. rosemary
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Wipe all mushrooms clean and remove stems. Set aside.
Add all other ingredients along with 3/4 cup water into a blender. Blend until completely smooth.
Spoon alfredo mixture into each mushroom cap.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden on top.
This recipe does not need to be baked. You can add the alfredo mixture to the raw mushroom caps for an extra-quick appetizer.
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