Artichoke and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

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Artichoke and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms by FamilySpice.com

I just finished week #3 as a Mushroom Ambassador for Mamavation’s 30-Day Mushroom Challenge and boy was it a tough one. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it started off grand with a successful trip to the gym. Mondays aren’t usually our family’s favorite day of the week, but my Monday was awesome. And the week quickly deteriorated with a sick kid home all week. Middle Child came down with a doozy of a cold. Then my Princess caught the bug and has been home sick, too. My prison sentence of being cooped up inside the house thus began. I managed to just get mildly sick for a couple days, but I certainly lost my gusto and energy for the week. Today, as the sun is shining, I am feeling the dark cloud slowly lift off our household.

It’s amazing how differently my kids react to being sick. The Professor has always enjoyed being curled up on the couch bundled up to watch tv all day. From documentaries to movies, he is very easy to entertain. The Professor will read, too, which is an extra advantage to dealing with the doldrums of staying home. My Princess is always a happy girl, whether sick or healthy. It takes a fever to keep her still, and even then she will crack a smile and give a hug for her Mommy.

Now Middle Child, ugh. To put it bluntly, he’s a tyrant when he is sick. The WORST PATIENT EVER. Worse than the hubby, so yeah, THAT bad. Middle child gets bored easily, wants me with him all the time and refuses to read. He has gotten better at 10 years old than he was when he was younger, but he’s still a toughie. He sucks the wind out of me when he is home sick as all of my energy is spent making sure he is comfortable and that I survive the long day until my reinforcement (aka Hubby) show up to give me a break.

Mushroom Makeover Meals by FamilySpice.com

But the Mushroom meals continued this week. I love my morning mushroom scrambles, except I used the last of my wonderful avocados this week. Must get more avocados!!! I also tried something different with my eggs and made  portobello steak and eggs. That recipe will be posted next week. We also enjoyed a family favorite, Chicken Cacciatore where it’s always loaded with mushrooms.

My workouts and 10K steps went kaput this week due to the kids being home sick and me being sick. But I’m hoping to get back on the wagon over the weekend. I’m learning that my mind set is my biggest obstacle and the wonderful folks at Mamavation are so very inspirational. My fellow Mushroom Makeover bloggers have been a great support, too. I wasn’t the only one this week to find herself home with sick ones.

Artichoke and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms by FamilySpice.com

I gave my favorite mushroom dish a healthy makeover during this challenge. I adore these Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms and my mother-in-law makes them all the time for us. They are cheesy and seriously addicting. To make them healthier I stuffed mushrooms with quinoa, kale and artichokes. I kept the parmesan and mozzarella cheese but cut back on the quantity. I personally loved these healthier shrooms, but the hubby thought they needed a final drizzle of EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Why don’t you decide for yourself?

These make a great appetizer, snack or meal. During my testing period, I enjoyed them for lunch when stuffed in a portobello mushroom. You find the full recipe here for my Artichoke and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms.

Artichoke and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms by FamilySpice.com

Although I haven’t lost much weight, I am enjoying the mental transformation that I am going through with this Mushroom Makeover program. I used to have the will of steel and tremendous confidence in myself. I’ve lost my way these past few years and I am working my way back. It’s not about going on a diet, but a lifestyle. I am important and I must carve out that time to take care of myself. It’s easy to forget when you busy are caring for a hubby and three kids. I know this week was a setback for me, but it’s a new day and I will get back into the workout groove.

Join us this Tuesday April 8th, from 6-7:30pm PST (9-10:30pm EST) for our #MushroomMakeover Twitter Party where we will check in and hear status updates from each of the 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge bloggers, talk about the meals that they were able to create during the challenge, and learn more about how to make over our meals with mushrooms.

TWITTER PARTY DETAILS:

Who: Mushroom Council
What: Twitter party
When: Tuesday, April 8th
Time: 6:00-7:30pm PST (9:00-10:30pm EST)
Hashtag: #MushroomMakeover

Learn more about the Twitter party and mushroom giveaway here!

Disclosure: This post was created as part of the #MushroomMakeover 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge in which I received a stipend to be the blogger ambassador for the Mushroom Council. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it. 

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4 Responses to Artichoke and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

  1. We’ve been sick with colds the last week or two. Not that terrible (and no fever, thank goodness!) but definitely running slow. We need stuffed mushrooms to make us feel better! Do you deliver? ;-)

  2. Nothing fun about sick children and I hope middle child stays healthy for a long while. :)

    These stuffed mushrooms sound so good and beautiful in those photos. (If mushrooms can ever be beautiful)

  3. How interesting each kids have different reaction to the sickness. Even with my two kids, I can see they behave differently. Hope you can get out and do some workouts soon. It’s great feeling to be in more routine schedule especially when it comes to exercise for me… I love mushrooms and this stuffed mushrooms sound so delicious. Love artichoke and quinoa on the mushrooms… great idea!

  4. My niece is under the weather and it’s so painful to see her suffering. I know she’d enjoy this stuffed mushrooms when she feels better :)

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