Stuffed Mushrooms

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This dish is one of the first “dinner style” meals I taught my kids to make. When they were young, I chopped the ingredients for them and put in bowls for them to assemble. Now they’re older, they can do everything themselves which is great as I get a night off cooking!

*Only 6g Net Carbs per serve

Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1kg medium to large mushroom cups (approx. 16, 4 per serve)
  • 350g cream cheese, softened
  • 200g bacon or ham, finely chopped
  • ½ cup spring onion green stalks, finely chopped
  • 200g tasty cheese, grated

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C and place baking paper on a large baking trays.

  1. Wash or wipe mushrooms to clean and remove stalks (taking care not to break) then place mushrooms top side down on large baking trays.
  2. Break off small pieces of cream cheese and spread with a knife gently in mushroom cup taking care not to break the cup. Distribute cheese evenly among mushroom cups.
  3. Distribute chopped bacon evenly throughout all mushroom cups on top of cream cheese.
  4. Distribute chopped green onion evenly throughout all mushroom cups on top of bacon.
  5. Top with grated tasty cheese and press mixture down slightly in each mushroom cup.
  6. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.

Are you wondering why everyone is talking about reducing carbohydrates and sugar? Are you curious to learn more about intermittent fasting, keto or paleo and whether it could benefit you in some way?

Linda Martinucci has created Simply Swap Foods to share the message that it really is simple to swap to a better way of eating and live your best life full of vibrant energy no matter how old you are.

Why swap foods?

When approaching middle age, Linda noticed her weight was increasing plus energy levels and mental clarity were at an all time low. Frustrated by all the confusing and conflicting health and dietary messages, Linda embarked on a journey to research the latest scientific medical studies around nutrition and health and was amazed at the findings.  Incorporating her discoveries into everyday life resulted in a remarkable transformation for both Linda and her husband who lost 35kg of excess weight between them over eight months. They also found that they no longer suffered from afternoon brain fog and had energy levels return that they hadn’t felt for decades.

The secret to success

One of the keys to success and staying motivated was continuing to enjoy their traditional favourite meals and desserts.  With delicious cakes and desserts still on the menu, there was no reason to seek out the unhealthy alternatives.  Linda spent time developing lots of recipes that are low in refined sugar and naturally lower in carbohydrates so your insulin levels remain steady and you don’t feel hungry all the time.

So how many carbs should we eat*?

There are many factors to take into account when calculating your daily carb level however current research suggests between 20 to 50 grams per day is optimal for most people.  The average Australian consumes 300 grams per day with 120g of these carbohydrates coming straight from sugar. This equates to a crazy 30 teaspoons of sugar every day, often unknowingly through added sugars in processed food. Simply removing processed foods from your diet will drastically cut your overall carbohydrate intake and improve your health very quickly.

*Information sourced from ‘Low Carb Down Under’ website www.lowcarbdownunder.com.au

Weight loss + feeling great = motivation

The benefits of going back to eating real food – dropping excess weight, increased energy and huge improvement in mental clarity – are just some of the reasons why it’s easy to stay motivated. Transitioning to a healthier way of eating for life doesn’t have to involve lots of deprivation.

Join the Simply Swap Foods community

Linda is sharing her recipes and information to give help and hope to anyone looking to improve their eating to feel their best or for health reasons.  There are many free recipes on her website and social media pages plus Linda has been working hard on a range of recipe ebooks which will be released online soon. For more information, check out the website www.simplyswapfoods.com.au and follow Simply Swap Foods on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates, photos and recipes.

You really can have your cake and feel great too!

*(As always seek the advised of a qualified health professional before drastically changing your diet)

Peninsula Kids – Spring 2020

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