Kale Pesto Stuffed Mini Button Mushrooms

    Ingredients:

    Kale Pesto:

    • (Yields about 1 cup)
    • 4 cups packed kale leaves
    • 1/3 cup walnuts
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • Juice of 1 lemon

    Mushrooms:

    • 8 large (2-inch) button mushroom caps
    • 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
    • 3 tablespoons finely diced red pepper
    • 1/2 cup kale pesto
    • Extra virgin olive oil

    Directions:

    To Make the Pesto:
    Combine kale, walnuts and salt in a food processor and process until the kale is finely chopped. With the motor running, pour in the EVOO and squeeze in the lemon.

    To Make the Mushrooms:
    Mix goat cheese and 2 tablespoons of diced red pepper into the pesto. Lightly rub the outside of the mushroom caps with olive oil. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a small baking dish that fits the mushrooms comfortably with a little olive oil. Stuff mushrooms and roll the tops in the remaining tablespoon of red pepper. Bake them until the mushrooms are softened and the tops are lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

    Peggy Kotsopoulos is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Health Educator, and Culinary Consultant focused on teaching REAL health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious. She whips up healthy and delicious meals on her own TV show Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on Z Living. Originally working in investments in Toronto, Canada, Peggy found her true passion for nutrition and healthy eating by bringing her own guilt-free goodies to corporate meetings as an alternative to bagels and danishes. As colleagues and clients became intrigued, Peggy started leading seminars and founded a company-wide corporate wellness program. Seven years later, Peggy followed her passion to the United States where she became certified as a Health Educator, and graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California. She is the founder of beVibrant consulting in Toronto, where she develops wellness programs for large corporate clients, schools, and food establishments. Peggy is the resident nutritionist for CBC’s Steven and Chris show, and has been featured in major publications including Fitness Magazine, Shape and Yahoo! Shine.