Mushroom Masters: A Tournament Of Taste

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Hello and thank you for your anniversary wishes today!

Did you know that the month of September is National Mushroom Month? :)

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I am very excited to tell you about a recipe challenge I was asked to participate in called ‘Mushroom Masters: A Tournament of Taste’.

Tastespotting is hosting the event along with the Australian Mushroom Growers Association, Mushrooms Canada and The Mushroom Council (US). Twelve food bloggers (3 from each: Canada, US, and Australia) were asked to compete in this challenge and we were offered compensation to participate.

I was assigned to this week’s Portabella Playoff competition! I am up against two very talented bloggers- Jules of Stone Soup and Sara of Sprouted Kitchen. When I was introduced to their beautiful food blogs, I thought they had made a mistake in selecting me! I knew I had to come up with something great…or bust.

I put my Portabella Thinking Cap on and came up with a mouth-watering Stuffed Portabella Pizza in a Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!

Here are a few teaser shots…

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Oh yes.

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It tastes just like pizza!  Eric and I had to fight for the last ‘slice’. ;)

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I can’t wait to make this recipe again. Did I mention it is vegan and gluten-free too? :)

Easy Stuffed Portabella Pizza in a Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce

These ridiculously cute and mouth-watering Portabella pizzas taste so much like the real thing you won’t believe they are vegan, gluten-free, and good for you! Shhh, don’t tell my husband.
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10-12 minutes.
Ingredients:
• 8 Portabella mushrooms
• 2 cups pizza sauce
• Vegan Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce (see recipe below)
• 1/3 cup of each: red, green, orange pepper, diced
• 1/3 cup sweet onion, diced
• 2-3 large basil leaves, finely diced
• 1 tsp red pepper flakes
Directions: Preheat oven by setting the broiler on low. Take a baking sheet and cover with a silicone non-stick baking mat or parchment paper for easy clean up. Make your Vegan Cashew Basil cheese sauce by using the recipe below. Set aside. Remove stems of Portabellas and gently rub Portabellas with a wet cloth to clean. Place Portabellas ‘belly’ side up on the baking sheet. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce into each Portabella. Now spoon about 2 teaspoons of Vegan Cashew basil Cheese Sauce on top of the pizza sauce (see recipe below). Grab a cutting board and knife and chop the onion and pepper and then sprinkle onto Portabellas. Finally, shake on some red pepper flakes and sprinkle finely diced basil on top. Broil in the oven on the lowest temperature setting on the middle rack for about 10-12 minutes, watching closely as broiler temperatures vary. Serve immediately and enjoy! Serves 3-4.
Vegan Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce
 
Ingredients:
• 1 cup raw cashews
• 1/3-1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt, to taste
• 1/2 tsp cold-pressed sunflower oil
• 1 fresh basil leaf
• 1 small clove garlic
• 1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast
• 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Directions: Place 1 cup of raw cashews in a bowl of water, cover, and soak overnight in the fridge. When cashews are ready, drain and place all ingredients (cashews, Himalayan sea salt, cold-pressed sunflower oil, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice) into a food processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape sides of processor as necessary. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Place any leftover cheese in a container in the fridge and enjoy with chopped vegetables, crackers, bread, and chips!

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Gree August 31, 2010

yum! those look great, I can’t wait for the recipe!

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alexa @ Sohdalex August 31, 2010

This sounds like one of the most mouth-watering combos ever. Delicious. I can’t wait to find out more!

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Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife August 31, 2010

I have recently discovered a love for portabella mushrooms…. I can’t wait for this recipe!!

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Shanna, like Banana August 31, 2010

I just can’t get myself to like mushrooms. Perhaps I can call September Pumpkin-month instead? ;)

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AngelaOSG August 31, 2010

It can be both. ;) lol

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Shelley August 31, 2010

Holy wow that looks good!

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Charlie August 31, 2010

This looks sooooo good! I love portobella mushrooms (and pizza, of course).

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Cara August 31, 2010

Angela, that is gorgeous! A winner for sure.
Don’t doubt your talents, you are a star.

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Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA August 31, 2010

I forsook my country and voted for you. Those look awesome and at least so far you are killin’ it in the poll!

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Carla August 31, 2010

I read an article recently stating that eating mushrooms on a regualr basis reduce your risk of cancer dramaically! That looks quite tastey!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 31, 2010

Mushroom month!? Best thing I heard all day :-)

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Maria August 31, 2010

What a super creative recipe! Anything with basil in it is delicious in my book! Good luck!

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Shelby Stidham August 31, 2010

Can’t wait for the recap ;)

I don’t like mushrooms.. but it does look pretty darn good!

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AngelaOSG August 31, 2010

Thanks everyone! :)

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Shannon, Tropical Eats August 31, 2010

you are my hero :)
these look OUTSTANDING and ill be rooting for you the whole way!

sorry i missed saying happy anniversary earlier to you two! your wedding photos were absolutely stunning. you guys make the best couple!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2010

Thank you!!

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Wei-Wei August 31, 2010

Oh, my god. The bokeh in that second shot… ALMOST distracts me from the delicious photos. But not quite. Can’t wait for the recipe!

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Nicole @ yuppie yogini August 31, 2010

Basil cashew cream sauce….omg! I’m off to vote now! Good luck!

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diana @ i can wish, can't i? August 31, 2010

omgosh… your big fat mushroom looks so juicy. i just voted for you!! can’t wait to try this!

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 31, 2010

You should give me the recipe soon so that I can make it before I go back to college where I don’t have a kitchen to cook in!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2010

the recipe is linked in the tastespotting article. It can be found on the mushroom.ca blog :)

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Kierstan September 1, 2010

Those look amazing! Makes me wish I would have picked up the lovely portabellas I saw at the store yesterday!

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bitt September 1, 2010

that looks so delicious. printing out recipe. amazing!

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Olya September 1, 2010

That looks GOOD!! I was never a fan of stuffed mushrooms but those pictures made me change my mind.
Will we get the recipe? (I’m prepared to patiently wait for it because I won’t get the basil for another 4 months ;)))

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2010

the recipe is linked in the tastespotting article. :)

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Marina September 1, 2010

Wow that looks good. I love stuffed mushrooms.
Can’t wait to check out the recipe!

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Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear September 1, 2010

Wow, what an amazing dish. SO beautiful and I bet it’s SO tasty too :)

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Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean September 1, 2010

WOW they mushrooms lovel awesome! looking forward to the recipe!!

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Sana September 1, 2010

I have never seen a more beautiful mushroom in my entire life!!! Who won, you or Eric? My vote is with you…. ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2010

Eric :( hahaha

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Kristy September 1, 2010

Amazing, my mouth is watering! Just voted!!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 1, 2010

Wow that looks incredible!

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl September 1, 2010

Mmmmm. Delish ANNND healthy?! I’m in heaven.

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 1, 2010

Good luck to you! You totally deserve to be nominated. Your photography has been stunning lately!

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Lauren September 1, 2010

These looks fantastic!!! Good luck, I’ll definitely be casting my vote for you!

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Chelsey September 1, 2010

Okay, my need for this recipe is not even a want… it is a NEEED!!!!!

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Sheri September 1, 2010

I voted for ya…I will be trying this recipe for sure! You are a winner for sure! Also Happy Anniversary! Hope you had a lovely day.

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holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 1, 2010

Angela that looks so delicious — it kind of looks like a super loaded baked potato–and that is totally a compliment! Good luck with the contest!

I only wish you had posted a pic of you with a portobello cap on your head as your “thinking cap” :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2010

haha that would have been great!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 1, 2010

i’m going to vote for you right now…holy YUM that looks good!

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Sara September 1, 2010

Wow… they look delicious! I can’t wait to try them. You have my vote!!!

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 1, 2010

I’m recently warming back up to portobellos after a bad experience as a child. This looks really good! I can’t wait to see the recipe!!

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Genevieve September 1, 2010

Your mushroom recipe rocks – can’t wait to try it (it’s on my list for next week ;). And I did vote for you since you (obviously ;) totally deserve the votes – which you’re getting a ton of btw… Your recipe seems like a winner so far! Congratulations for the recipe (and possibly for winning ;).

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2010

thks!!

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Lauren @ 40Apples September 1, 2010

Holy moly that looks goooood! You got my vote :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 1, 2010

That definitely looks like a winner of a recipe. I voted for you!

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Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ September 1, 2010

I voted and yours is far more unique then your competitions. You are definitely in the front of the running.

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