A plant-based recipe that meat lovers will love too!
Forget all about those frozen veggie burgers in the grocery store. You won’t need them anymore: Our recipe for Philly Portabella Mushroom Zucchini Sliders tastes so much better! Full of delicious flavors, hearty textures, and plenty of nutrients, these plant-based sliders will please even the staunchest of meat eaters! Plus, each serving of two sliders contains less than 300 calories. How great is that
Delicious and nutritious plant-based sliders
This vegetarian “burger” recipe is made from a variety of vegetables. Each ingredient offers a new flavor and texture that when combined make an amazingly tasting sandwich!
Mushrooms are perhaps one of the best beef substitutes when it comes to making sliders. They were actually referred to as the steak of the vegetarian world. Their meaty texture and rich, earthy aroma are oh so satisfying.
Portabella mushrooms are also filled with essential nutrients. Vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, and choline help the body absorb nutrients and produce energy. They can also help regulate mood, memory, and muscle function! Minerals like phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium also provide your body with a number of benefits. They keep your bones strong while allowing your muscles, blood vessels, and nerves to function optimally. There’s more: They also help maintain fluid balance and promote a healthy thyroid to keep your metabolism in tune.
Zucchini with a light crunch
In this recipe, you can either bake or grill your mushrooms and zucchini. To be honest, both taste delicious; You really can’t go wrong. Raw zucchini is both slightly bitter and slightly sweet, but cooking brings out more of that sweet taste. For best results, you want your baked (or grilled) vegetables to be mostly soft and slightly crispy.
You may be surprised to learn that zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin C! This vitamin is important for the formation of blood vessels, cartilage, muscles and collagen in your bones. In addition, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in your body’s healing process.
Similar to zucchini, cooking peppers brings out their natural sweetness. For this recipe, give them a light char that leaves them mostly soft but with a nice, aromatic texture.
Bell peppers are another great source of vitamin C. They also contain a hefty dose of vitamin A, which is essential for the proper functioning of all of your organs.
Hot red onion
Last but not least, there is the pungent taste of the charred red onion. This ingredient compliments the meatiness of the mushrooms and the sweetness of the zucchini and peppers.
Red onions are a heart healthy food that can potentially lower both blood pressure and cholesterol. These detoxing vegetables are also loaded with antioxidants that can give your immune system a natural boost.
Serving suggestions for our Philly Portabella Mushroom Zucchini Slider
For a real Philly feel (while maintaining a vegan-friendly recipe), consider getting a plant-based mozzarella or provolone to add to your sliders. For our non-vegan readers, you can of course always put a slice of real provolone or mozzarella cheese on your slider. It’s your decision!
These Philly Portobella Mushroom Zucchini Sliders are perfect for a party platter, but are also great for lunch or light dinner. If you are very hungry and need a little more volume in your meal, consider pairing these yummy sliders with a side of one of these herbal recipes:
- 8th Mini portabella mushroom tips
- 2 zucchini medium, cut into thick 1/2 inch circles
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- kosher salt taste
- ground black pepper taste
- 1 Red pepper cut into stripes
- 1 yellow pepper cut into stripes
- 1 Red onion cut into stripes
- 8th Whole grain slider buns
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Brush the mushrooms and zucchini with about half of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until desired (vegetables should be soft but a little crispy. They can be cooked more or less to suit personal preference).* TIP – cook on the grill instead of in the oven for a summery taste!
While the mushrooms and zucchini are cooking, heat the remaining olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the peppers and red onions and cook until lightly charred. Take off the stove.
Place a cooked mushroom on the bottom of each pusher bun. Top with a slice or two of zucchini and finally with the cooked peppers and onions. Put the top of the slider bun on top of each one and enjoy!Optional note: for a non-vegan option, place a slice of provolone or mozzarella on top of the peppers.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
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