Pesto Simmered Portobellos and Tomatoes

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This recipe is a simple yet delicious side dish. For those of you that have completed the Paleo Cleanse, you’ll also notice that it is similar to our Grilled Portobello Pesto dish. While I often serve this as a side dish it’s also a great option if you don’t feel like meat or have to serve someone who does not eat meat.

INGREDIENTS

Salt (optional)
1 cup of basil leaves
1 clove of garlic
1/8 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 Portobello mushrooms
2 tomatoes

RECIPE

In a food processor place salt, basil, garlic & pine nuts.
Process mixture while streaming in 1/3 cup of olive oil.
Clean gills out of Portobello mushrooms, wash and slice mushrooms into strips.
Wash and cut tomatoes into slices.
In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
Place mushrooms and tomatoes in frying pan and cook, flipping occasionally.
After 5 minutes add pesto mixture to mushrooms and tomatoes.
Continue to cook for about 5 more minutes or until mushrooms and tomatoes have reached your desired tenderness.
Remove from heat and serve.

This recipe is simple to make but it tastes gourmet. As a fun side note, you can make extra of the pesto and store if for other recipes that you’re planning to make in the coming week.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

@melissavandover | melissavandover.com

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I have to admit that this may be my favorite Paleo recipe of all time. I’m not usually one for recipes with out a large protein staple but this is just as savory as a grilled steak.

INGREDIENTS

4 Portobello mushroom caps
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cup basil (or one small package from the store)
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
salt
black pepper

RECIPE

Cooking the Portobello:

Remove stem from the Portobello mushrooms and scoop out gills. Wash thoroughly.
Using a brush, brush the 2 tbsp of olive oil(you can substitute with coconut oil) over the mushroom caps and sprinkle with black pepper and salt.
Grill for 5-10 minutes or until mushrooms begin to soften.

Making the Pesto:

In a food processor combine the basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste, I added roughly 1-2 tsp of each.
Blend until smooth.

Now drizzle the pesto over the Portobello mushrooms and you’re ready to go. I added a simple side salad with mine to make one fantastic meal!

Here’s to eating healthy without compromising taste!

Melissa Van Dover

@mvandover | melissavandover.com