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Portobello Mushroom “Steaks” with Peppers and Onions

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Snow storm “Q” (seriously, what kind of a name is that?) has officially hit the Omaha, NE area.  And with this mighty storm, which is expected to bring somewhere around 7″ of snow to my area, I received the nice blessing of leaving work at 1:00 p.m. and working from home for the remainder of the day.  I was definitely very blessed to be able to travel home before the roads got too treacherous.  The crazy drivers were already out in full force, though!

But enough about the weather!  How about a healthy and simple, yet tasty recipe to tempt yourself with this evening?

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Portobello Mushroom “Steaks” with Peppers and Onions

Servings: 2


For Peppers and Onions:

vegetable broth, for cooking
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 yellow onion, cut into strips
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cumin
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
sriracha sauce, to taste

For Portobello Mushroom “Steaks” (adapted from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook)

vegetable broth, for cooking
1 bunch green onions, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 TB balsamic vinegar
1 TB cooking sherry
1-2 TB low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
2 Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
salt, to taste


For the Peppers and Onions:

1. Line a medium saute pan with a thin layer of vegetable broth.  Heat over medium-high heat until very hot.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium and add garlic, peppers, and onions to the pan.  Cook, stirring occasional, for approximately 15 minutes, or until the peppers and onions have softened.  Add additional vegetable broth, as necessary

2. Stir in seasonings.  Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for approximately 5 minutes.

3. Top the peppers and onions with sriracha sauce, if desired.

For the Portobello Mushroom “Steaks:”

1. Line a large saute pan with a thin layer of vegetable broth.  Heat over medium-high heat until very hot.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium.  Add garlic and green onions to the pan and cook for approximately 3 minutes.  Add additional broth, as needed.

2. Add balsamic vinegar, cooking sherry, soy sauce, and spices to the pan.  Stir in an additional 1/4 cup of vegetable broth.  Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.

3. Once boiling, lower the heat to medium and add mushrooms.  Cook the mushrooms for approximately 5-7 minutes.

4. Flip the mushrooms over and cook an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft and tender.

5. Plate and salt (if desired) the mushrooms.  Drizzle the mushrooms with the remaining cooking juices.

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Serve the Portobello Mushroom “Steaks” and Peppers and Onions with a side of fruit or vegetables.  I chose to eat mine with fresh roasted green beans.

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Before transitioning to a vegetarian diet, I was SO not a mushroom eater and I really had very little desire to ever eat steak.  One year later and I can now say that I thoroughly enjoy eating mushroom “steaks!”

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The texture and flavor of the mushrooms and the sauce was absolutely spot on, and the addition of spicy peppers and onions was a great compliment to the simplicity of the mushroom “steaks.”

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I may not like steak, but I love mushroom “steaks!”  If you enjoy eating mushrooms, or even if you aren’t quite sure, you really must try this recipe.

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  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 21, 2013, 5:43 pm
    I think portobello mushrooms are the best! They are hearty and flavorful. I really enjoy them grilled!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 21, 2013, 6:42 pm
      This was my first time ever eating them and I LOVED the texture and flavor! I will have to try them grilled.
  • quartercenturysouthernliving February 21, 2013, 5:48 pm
    I am glad you were able to head home early! Stay safe! I love mushrooms. Dan isn't usually a fan, but he might be willing to give these a try!
  • lifeandfitnessbyashley February 21, 2013, 5:49 pm
    I like the portobello mushrooms better than the tiny ones. I feel like they hold their shape better when cooking. I used to put turnips and red peppers on mine.
  • Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness February 21, 2013, 6:58 pm
    I love portobello mushrooms! I have never had them on their own but love adding chopped ones to pastas. Stay warm! Lexington is under a winter ice warning and everyone was in the grocery today stocking up.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 21, 2013, 7:59 pm
      Mushrooms in pasta are delicious! Ice can be so brutal. Hopefully it isn't too bad for you. I used to work in a grocery store so I totally get how crazy everyone gets with the thought of a storm..even if it is only like 2 inches of snow. It's pretty funny!
  • optimistichealth February 21, 2013, 7:19 pm
    Portobello's are the best. This looks like a good recipe to add to the 'to-make' list!!
  • nicola @ Love Yourself Nutrition February 21, 2013, 8:36 pm
    Yay for snow days!!!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine February 21, 2013, 9:41 pm
    I didn't know you lived near Omaha! I have a lot of family in both Omaha and Lincoln :) I hope you're stocked up on veggies so you can make it through the storm!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 21, 2013, 9:57 pm
      Yup!! I hit up the grocery store Tuesday night to stock up because I knew the stores would be insane yesterday and today. I don't think we are actually going to get as much snow as they originally expected, so that's a plus!
  • Giselle Schroer February 21, 2013, 9:50 pm
    I love Portobello's but usually only grill them to eat like burgers. This sounds great!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 21, 2013, 9:58 pm
      I have heard of grilled Portobellos used in place of burgers but have never tried it. I will definitely have to do that!
  • Sara @ Nourish and Flourish February 21, 2013, 11:23 pm
    Mmmm...I love me a good hearty mushroom steak! Portobellos are the best because they're so versatile! One of my favorite recipes in the entire world (seriously) is stuffed portobellos with spinach and cheese. I think I could eat them every day. :) This recipe looks fantastic--especially the addition of those spicy peppers and onions. Yum!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 22, 2013, 10:11 am
      Stuffed portobellos with spinach and cheese sound amazing! I will definitely have to give that a try :).
  • Courtney @ Star Systemz February 21, 2013, 11:29 pm
    I love hearty foods during a storm! I'm sorry you are experiencing it, I hope it ends soon! I love mushroom steak and order anytime its on a menu and I'm so glad you posted a recipe so I can finally try it at home, thank you for sharing love and shine courtstar
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  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 22, 2013, 7:15 am
    I love mushroom steaks (and my omni boyfriend actually loves portabella mushrooms a million times more than real steaks). I've tried the HH version, excited to try yours :) And RE: Q. Have you ever watched Star Trek: Next Generation? There's a species/prankster kind of guy that just comes and effs everything up from time to time. His name (and the species name? I'm not really use how it works) is named Q... so I've been making lots of nerd jokes.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 22, 2013, 10:13 am
      Ahh, the name "Q" makes a lot more sense to me now! Thanks for the info ;). I am not a Star Trek kind of person so I had no idea.
  • Eating 4 Balance February 22, 2013, 7:31 am
    That portobello steak looks delicious! I'm going to have to try that out sometime.
  • Linz February 22, 2013, 7:44 am
    i love all things mushrooms!! never cooked portabella mushrooms before though! (well in their whole form - i buy the presliced ones or baby bellas!)
  • Rach @ This Italian Family February 22, 2013, 1:15 pm
    Looks super delicious! And hey, stay safe and warm with all this winter storm stuff!
  • aftertheivyleague February 22, 2013, 1:54 pm
    Yay for getting out of work early! I think that storm is supposed to make its way to the east coast too. I hope it's not too bad, we've already been hit with enough snow if you ask me!
  • IHeartVegetables February 22, 2013, 2:21 pm
    I used to hate mushrooms!!! I know, that's crazy. But I've come a long way! I actually had a portobello mushroom for lunch today!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 22, 2013, 2:33 pm
      I totally hear you on that one. I was literally afraid of them. I am so glad that I snapped out of it! ;)
  • Kierston (@CaNdYFiT) February 22, 2013, 3:44 pm
  • kaityscooking February 23, 2013, 7:59 am
    i never made this myself but i have ordered it many times at this restaurant and always want to re create it but didnt no where to start, now i no thank you!
  • Brittany February 23, 2013, 10:38 am
    Those veggies look NOMMM! I'm not a mushroom fan, but everyone in my family is!
  • Natalie February 23, 2013, 6:10 pm
    Looks better than STEAK. Oh my, gotta try this.
  • bananasforyogaandyogurt February 23, 2013, 7:48 pm
    I'd eat mushroom "steaks" over steak any day! This looks great! I hope you enjoyed the snow!! I'm not quite sure how I feel about meteorologists naming storms...Snow storm Nemo kind of made me chuckle because of everyone's references to the Finding Nemo!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 24, 2013, 7:55 pm
      Totally agree. Who needs steak anyways?? ;) I found the whole "Nemo" name awfully strange. I wanted to like it, but it was just weird!
  • Meredith February 23, 2013, 9:08 pm
    wow, these look great! I love the idea of a "mushroom" steak! portobellos are going on my shopping list this week :)
  • moderngirlnutrition February 23, 2013, 11:13 pm
    I love portabellos, and the way you make them sounds even more divine! So filling and so healthy. I bet they would be great on a bun, too!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl February 24, 2013, 7:56 pm
      I think these would be so great on a bun. I have heard of portobellos being used in place of burgers but have never tried it. I just might have to!

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