Time: 35 minutes
4 portabello mushrooms
Extra virgin olive oil
Toppings of choice (I used bell peppers, red onion, baby spinach, artichoke hearts, and cooked chicken)
Cheese (optional) – Mozzarella, parmesan, non-dairy cheese, or nutritional yeast (vegan)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wipe dirt off mushrooms with a damp cloth. Remove stems (save and chop for toppings if you’d like), and use a spoon to scoop out the “gills.” Drizzle with olive oil, or spray with olive oil if you have a sprayer. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until mushrooms begin to cook down and lose some water.
If you are adding chicken, cut raw chicken into bite-sized pieces (easier if the chicken was frozen and partially thawed), and cook according to desired method. I marinated 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs in about 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar, and 1/2 tsp minced garlic. If you have time, let the chicken marinate for at least 1-2 hours. If not, let it sit in the marinade for a few minutes and it will be fine. Cook the chicken in a skillet or grill pan for 5-6 minutes, until fully cooked (juices run clear, or 165 degrees).
Remove mushrooms from oven and pour off the excess water that came out of the mushrooms. Top with pizza sauce and other desired toppings. Bake for about 10 minutes, until cheese begins to turn golden brown (if you are using cheese).
I served this meal with a salad with the extra veggies and chicken. I whipped up a quick batch of homemade salad dressing (recipe below):
Quick and Easy Salad Dressing
1 part extra virgin olive oil
1 part vinegar of choice (red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar
1 squirt of Dijon mustard
a little minced garlic (optional)
herbs of choice (optional)