If you’re looking for a healthy, great, easy raw food appetizer or snack, one of the best raw food recipes I’ve made is for mushrooms stuffed with pesto. You don’t have to be a vegan or raw food enthusiast like me to enjoy these pesto mushrooms. I’ve served them many times as a snack for holidays, events or just when having company over. They’re always raved about and so simple to make – a truly easy. free raw food recipe.
If you have a favorite pesto recipe that you use now, you can try stuffing mushrooms with it also. This is also a great recipe because if you make pesto regularly, you may find you always have some left over. This pesto mushroom recipe will easily take care of any extra pesto on hand or just sitting in the refrigerator.
This is also a great recipe to take to potlucks, raw food potlucks, food events or even for celiac disease meetings or events because they are gluten-free. These pesto mushrooms are good served warm or cold.
Helen’s Best Mushroom Stuffed Pesto – the ingredients: 4 cups organic basil with leaves and stems (or use Trader Joe’s whole container of organic basil), 1/4 cup organic parsley, 1 cup pine nuts, 1/3 cup olive oil, 3 cloves of garlic, and 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt or Celtic salt and organic crimini mushrooms.
In a food processor pulse all of the ingredients until the garlic is minced well. Wash the organic mushrooms, brushing off any dirt and de-stem (save stems for other use.) Place the mushrooms upside down with bottoms up. Stuff each mushroom with about one tablespoon of pesto. Place on a teflex sheet or dehydrator tray and dehydrate for about 1-2 hours at about 95 degrees. Best served warm but good cold also.
I always make these in a dehydrator because it preserves the enzymes and phytonutrients due to the low heat. If you don’t have a dehydrator you can try to make these in an oven at the lowest temperature for a short period of time. Try 10 to 15 minutes or so. Now I haven’t tried it with an oven so you would have to experiment, but you want to preserve the healthy benefits of these pesto mushrooms by using little heat.
So give my mushrooms stuffed with pesto a try and see how they’re truly a hit with your family, friends or potlucks or other events. You will get raves. Of course there are many recipes you can make using raw foods that are easy, healthy and gluten-free. If you’re new to raw foods why not give this free raw food recipe and other raw recipes a try and see for yourself why people who eat raw foods are so healthy.