Stuffed Mushrooms w/ Roast Veggies & Sauté Kale

When the Zero Waste Veg Box was delivered to my door I was so excited to think what I could make with all the fabulous ingredients. The chestnut mushrooms grabbed my attention first and I thought how could I make them the star of the show!! My recipe thought path went something like this: mushrooms and walnuts, walnuts and cheese, cheese and bread… stuffed mushrooms it had to be!! 

When you open your veg box and take a vegetable out and touch it and smell it and imagine what works well with it, the ideas will come flooding in. 

These are gorgeous chestnut mushrooms, when they roast slowly they release the juice into the bread stuffing, making them extra tasty.

While you’re roasting the stuffed mushrooms in the oven, roast the veg at the same time, its more efficient to use your oven this way. 

Enjoy,

Lou 🙂

For the stuffed mushrooms:  

For the roast veg: 

For the sauté kale: 

  • 100g kale 
  • Small knob of butter
  • salt and pepper

For the sauté kale: 

  • 100g kale 
  • Small knob of butter 
  • salt and pepper

To make the stuffed mushrooms: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃. Line a small baking tray with parchment paper. 
  2. Clean the mushrooms by wiping them with a piece of kitchen paper. 
  3. Remove the stalks and keep them to roast with the veggies. 
  4. Make the stuffing by adding the bread, grated garlic, grated cheddar, walnuts, chopped rosemary and salt and pepper to a blender. Blend briefly until you have breadcrumbs. 
  5. Spoon the breadcrumb mix into the mushrooms. 

(Tip: If there are extra breadcrumbs you can toasted it in the oven for 10 minutes and use it to sprinkle over the roast veggies.)

  1. Add all the stuffed mushrooms to the tray. 
  2. Cover in tinfoil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until fully cooked. 
  3. After 30 minutes take the foil off and bake for a further 10-20 minutes to crisp up the top of the mushrooms. Alternatively put them under the grill for a few minutes. 

To make the roast veggies:

  1. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. While the mushrooms are roasting- chop the red pepper, yellow pepper and onion into chunks add the cherry tomatoes whole. 
  3. Add all to a mixing bowl along with a pinch of salt and pepper, a couple of sprigs of rosemary (or a pinch of dried herbs) and a drizzle of oil. 
  4. Pour the chopped veg onto the baking tray and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 180℃.

To make the saute Kale: 

  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  2. Pick the kale from its stalks, and chop into bite sized pieces, add to a bowl. 
  3. Finely slice the stalks too and add to the bowl with the kale leaves. 
  4. When the water is boiling add all the kale and stalks, if it doesn’t all fit do it in batches. 
  5. Blanche for 2-3 minutes to soften. 
  6. Drain through a colander and keep in a bowl until needed. This will keep in the fridge in a closed container for a couple of days. 
  7. When ready to sauté, warm a frying pan on a medium heat. 
  8. Add a knob of butter and a handful of kale, add a small pinch of salt and pepper and heat through. 

To serve: 

Add the warm stuffed mushrooms, roasted veg and sauté kale to a plate. And enjoy!!! 

Beetroot and Carrot Fritters w/ Roasted Chickpeas and Tahini Dressing

Beetroots grow very happily in Irish soil. They are earthy and sweet and juicy and full of flavour. You can boil, steam or roast them to eat as a wholesome side veg, to make into a puree or beautiful pink hummus. I love to grate them to use raw in a salad or they go perfectly in these tasty fritters accompanied by the grated carrot.

You can whip these fritters up in about 20 minutes. I recommend using the fine side of your box grater, they cook quicker that way. Eat them solo or add some crunchy chickpeas, local leaves and a tahini dressing to make it a meal.

By seasoning with salt and pepper you get the real taste of the vegetables. When you use quality ingredients the natural flavours shine through.

I’ve made a tahini yoghurt dressing or try Liz’s Vegan Garlic Mayo.

Lou 🙂

For the fritters: (Makes 8-10 approx – serves 4 as a starter)

  • 2 raw beetroot, peeled
  • 2 raw carrots, peeled
  • 4 scallions (green onions), cleaned
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons self raising flour, more if needed. (Rice or gram flour work here too, just add ½ tsp of baking powder) 
  • Oil to fry

For the roasted chickpeas: 

For the tahini dressing: 

  • 1 cup of yoghurt (use dairy or non dairy alternative)
  • 2 tablespoons light tahini
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve: 

  • Green leaves, washed
  • Cucumber ribbons (made using a vegetable peeler)

For the chickpeas:

  1. Preheat the oven 180℃.
  2. Open the can of chickpea and drain really well. Tip: You can reserve the aqua faba (chickpea juice) to make a sweet dessert like pavlova.
  3. Pour the chickpeas onto a tray lined with parchment paper. Using kitchen paper dry the chickpeas really well. 
  4. Make up the spice mix by adding the paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Mix with a spoon. Then sprinkle over the chickpeas. You can add more salt later if needed. 
  5. Drizzle with oil and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Check and shake the tray every 10 minutes. 
  6. The chickpeas will be crunchy when you’ve roasted them. They are best eaten on the day they are roasted but if using the next day pop in the oven again for 10 minutes so they are warm and crunchy. Keep them in an air tight jar in your cupboard. 

For the fritters: 

  1. Begin by peeling and grating the beetroot and carrot, use the fine side of the box grater. Tip: Hold the raw beetroot with kitchen paper so your hands don’t turn pink. Add to a mixing bowl. 
  2. Finely chop the scallions and add this to the bowl. Crack in the egg, add salt and pepper, sprinkle in the flour. Fold all the ingredients together.
  3. Warm a non stick frying pan on a medium heat, lightly oil. Add a spoon of the beetroot mix and flatten with the back of the spoon, cook 3 fritters at a time. Fry for a couple of minutes and flip and cook for a few minutes more. Remove with a spatula onto a plate lined with kitchen paper. Repeat with the rest of the mix. 

For the tahini dressing: 

  1. Simply add the yoghurt, tahini, lemon zest and juice, maple syrup or honey, salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well with a spoon. 

To serve: 

Add some washed green leaves to a serving bowl, add 2-3 fritters per portion. Scatter on the chickpeas, dollop over the tahini dressing, peel some cucumber ribbons and bundle on tip and add a swirl of olive oil.