Portobello Mushrooms with Andean Grain Vegetable Mix

I made this recipe up for a few reasons. Mainly though, there are times when my body does seem to crave iron and protein. When it does, mushrooms, quinoa and seeds are my go-to’s! This recipe incorporates them all! Mushrooms are also a great source of vegan B12, as well as iron, selenium and other minerals. Quinoa is a wonderful plant based protein as are the sunflower and pumpkin seeds. This dish is really flavoursome with all the fresh herbs and spices and will please vegans and meat-eaters alike.



  • 1 ½ cups of cooked Andean grain mix
  • 2 large or 4 small flat field mushrooms
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 red capsicum diced
  • ¼ cup of sun ripened black olives
  • 1 handful of basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 small fresh chilli (optional)
  • Freshly cracked Himalayan salt and black pepper


Rinse 1 cup of Andean grain mix thoroughly and place washed grains in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and leave for 20 minutes. Check to see if the grains are cooked, if so, turn off the heat and allow to sit, covered, for another 10 minutes or so to soak up any remaining liquid.

For the mushrooms remove the stem and place the mushrooms on a shallow baking tray. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and tamari and roast for 10 minutes in a moderate oven flipping once. They should be soft but still hold their shape. Keep them in the oven to keep them warm while you do the final steps below.

In a large saucepan heat the olive oil and then add the cumin and smoked paprika. Allow to roast lightly and then add the zucchini and capsicum and cook for a few minutes.

On a low heat, add the cooked Andean grain mix and the remaining ingredients.

Cook for several minutes to combine everything and then turn the heat off.

Remove the mushrooms from the oven and fill with the grain and vegetable mixture. Serve scattered with fresh herbs and additional pumpkin seeds.

This recipe will serve 2 generously or 4 as an entree- it makes around 4 large mushrooms