Hey there….happy Sunday!! It’s been a pretty chill (or should I say chilly?!) weekend here at the Byrnes household. With the low temps outside, we have been total home-bodies, and I’m completely fine with that. I think parenthood has changed me in that regard…. 3 years ago, there’s absolutely no way I’d be okay with staying in on a Friday or Saturday night. Whether that was going out with the girls, doing some shopping, or an evening downtown, you could find me almost anywhere but home. When McKinley came into our lives, not being able to just up and head out was the hardest part for me (I think the kids these days call that FOMO?? haha). We still enjoy going out for dinner and meeting up with friends, but now I love that we have an “excuse” to be home by 8 o’clock. It’s also made us better appreciate the rare occasion when we have a babysitter and spend time on just the two of us. (Shout-out to our amazing daycare that offers “Parent’s Night Out once a month…..such a nice little bonus, especially for those of us who don’t have grandparents nearby!)
Luckily after this “Polar Vortex” moves through the Midwest this week, the temps will be much more tolerable…..just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! I’m not the world’s biggest football fan, but I enjoy a good game on occasion, especially when accompanied by tasty food (hint hint, Super Bowl). This year, I’m definitely looking forward to commercials and food more than I am the game….anyone else with me on this one?? I’m actually a little bummed the Chiefs aren’t in the Super Bowl and think the NFL overtime rules are complete B.S., but who am I to say. I’m not a big Chiefs fan, but I grew up in a family of Chiefs fans (who are probably chuckling at the fact that I’m writing about football). I’m more of a Packers fan (again, cue the laughter from my brothers and hubby). But living in Wisconsin for awhile totally got me hooked …and I continue to drink the green & yellow KoolAid! And Zach is a die-hard Vikings fan…..poor thing, he’s still waiting for the day one of his teams can at least make it to a championship game. 😉
Anyway…..it doesn’t matter who you cheer for, but what does matter is that you’ve got a tasty beverage & freakin’ delicious food. I’d say that about 90% of the time, I’d go for something sweet vs. something salty, but game-day food is all about cheesy indulgent goodness for me! Thinking ahead to next weekend, I wanted to make something that was delicious, but had a healthier spin (without tasting a difference). Therefore, I came up with these tasty little healthier stuffed mushrooms. This recipe passed the test when Zach came back for second and thirds when they came out of the oven 😉 Hope you all have a great week – stay warm!
Healthier Stuffed Mushrooms
These savory stuffed mushrooms are perfect as an appetizer or game-day grub! ...and nobody will guess they're actually good for you, too!
-1 lb whole mushrooms (about 24)
-4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), room temperature
-1/3 c plain Greek yogurt
-¼ c roasted red peppers, diced and drained
-2 Tbsp grated Parmesan
-6 Tbsp panko bread crumbs, divided
-½ tsp fresh minced garlic
-1 Tbsp fresh parsley
-½ tsp paprika
-1 tsp vegetable oil
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel and carefully break off stems. (I like to chop the stems up really fine and fry them with ground hamburger for casseroles, etc) Spread the mushrooms out on a greased sheetpan.
3. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, yogurt, red peppers, parmesan, 3 Tbsp bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, and paprika. Divide the filling into the mushrooms, filling each just above the top of the opening. Combine the remaining bread crumbs and oil and sprinkle on the tops of the mushrooms.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown. Enjoy warm!