I have found an amazing marinating secret. I’m going to share it with all of my readers so you can enjoy it too! I’m so excited to share because this works so well! This marinating trick soaks up all the marinating juice and adheres marinade juices to the mushroom. I marinated portabella mushroom caps for almost two hours and all of the marinating sauce soaked into the mushrooms like magic. This packs an enormous amount of flavor into the mushrooms.
Do you want to know what my secret is? It’s chia seeds! I love using chia seeds in recipes because they are so healthy. My Amazing Marinating Secret Plus Marinated Balsamic Mushroom Cap Burger Recipe will knock your socks off it’s so good (my husband even said these mushrooms are better than steak!).
Why Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds act as a thickening agent. I see many recipes where chia seeds are used in oatmeal, however, this recipe uses them in a marinade and it works so well. The marinade sauce is soaked up by the seeds and mushroom caps, and the seeds adhere to the mushroom. I love this because the seeds add nutrition to the mushrooms with omega fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, and iron. My package of chia seeds (@Navitas Naturals brand) calls chia seeds an Aztec superfood. Because these seeds contain omega fatty acids, they are a great food for people, especially vegetarians.
Easy Recipe to Make
This marinade recipe is super easy to make. It requires the following ingredients:
- @Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
- jalapeño seasoning (containing ground jalapeño, onion, salt, garlic–purchase premade or mix your own)
- balsamic vinegar
- olive oil
- black pepper
- chia seeds
This marinade is used per two large portabella mushroom caps and marinate them for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Simply add the mushroom caps and marinade to a sealed bag and let it sit in the refrigerator. The final step is grilling the mushrooms.
Portabella Mushrooms are a Great Vegetarian Option
I am a vegetarian and I have been one for many years, however, my family eats meat. When they eat burgers, I often make myself a large portabella mushroom to put on a bun for myself. My husband loves the mushrooms too, so I often make more than one so he can have one too. I’ve made this marinade recipe with chia seeds several times now and it never disappoints. This is a great option for vegetarians when everyone else is eating a hamburger (though they might get jealous of the delicious aroma of the mushrooms and want to try one for themselves!).
I have an ecookbook scheduled to be published in August (2017) where I have included many recipes that work for families such as mine that are composed of both vegetarians and meat-eaters. I’ve coined my recipes “hybrid” because they are recipes that work to feed both vegetarians and meat-eaters using one recipe. I also will have vegetarian recipes in the cookbook which will work great for sides to meat entrées.
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This is an original recipe by Julie Hoag @7/11/2017