Written by:Eli Ben-Yehuda, May 2, 2018

Today’s heart healthy recipe comes to us from The Mayo Clinic. Enjoy this heart smart recipe with friends and family. Great food should be enjoyed with others.

Personally I like stuffing the much larger portabella mushrooms. The flavor is incredible and 1 large mushroom can make an entire meal for one person.

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20 crimini mushrooms, washed and stems removed


    1. 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
    2. 1/4 cup melted butter
    3. 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  2. 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
  3. 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh garlic
  6. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  7. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Heat the oven to 350 F. Line the mushroom caps upside down on a baking sheet.

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Prepare the topping, in a small bowl, combine the panko, butter and parsley; set aside.

Prepare the filling, place the basil, cheese, pumpkin seeds, oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt in a food processor. Process until evenly mixed.

Generously stuff the mushroom caps with the basil pesto filling. Sprinkle each mushroom with about 1 teaspoon of panko topping. Gently pat down the topping. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Posted by Eli Ben-Yehuda
Eli is a licensed Registered Nurse with 12 years experience. Eli graduated with a major in nursing and a minor in psychology. His postgraduate training was in trauma, oncology, and cardiology.

With a passion for health advocacy Eli researches and writes many articles concerning improving the lives of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and the complication they experience. He believes empowering people, through education, is the best way to improve their overall health.


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