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Asparagus and Portabello Mushrooms in Garlic Mustard Sauce

I have decided to participate in the Eating the Alphabet Challenge.  This challenge is organized and coordinated by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic.  What a great idea!  This is where on the 15th of each month I will publish vegetable recipes and share them at the link party with other bloggers.  If you are interested in joining us you can find out more here.

This first challenge was the letters A and B.  I assigned my oldest daughter the A because I like several “B” vegetables.  She finally turned in her homework.  She made an interesting mushroom and asparagus side to go along with what sounded like some really good steaks (balance in everything).

Asparagus and Mushrooms

The nutritional data comes from:  http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2363/2

RAW ASPARAGUS has 27 calories per 134g; 0 grams of fat; 3 mg of sodium and 5 grams of carbohydrates.

RAW PORTABELLO MUSHROOMS have 23 calories per 1 cup serving; 0 gram fat; 5 mg sodium; 4 grams carbohydrates.


Check out the link party below (must be registered to enter) and don’t forget to check out the Eating the Alphabet Pinterest board. There you can keep track of all the recipes that are added month-to-month but also find new recipes from last year too. What’s your favorite fruit, vegetable, grain or legume that starts with the letter A or B?

Fish Tacos and Steak-Andy Cooks

A perfect post to share with Slightly Indulgent Tuesday’s!

All three of my children cook. They have their specialties and each has their favorites with their own twists.  My son has taken to cooking recently.  Healthy cooking at that!  This is a big change for him.  He was eating out A LOT and it wasn’t healthy.  He’s the baby of the family, but all grown up.  My two girls make delicious things too.  They aren’t too much into baking.  Amy makes great party food and Krista is very creative with herbs and chile.

I think this food blog is rubbing off on him.  He sends me some pictures of what he cooked for dinner and then immediately calls me to describe what it was he made for dinner.  When he calls it is usually around 900PM and I’m not prepared to write down all the ingredients.  He is into fish.  You will notice there are not too many (if any) recipes that use fish from me.  This is new for us all.  He didn’t learn to cook fish from me.

He made fish tacos because someone gave him some homegrown peppers at work.  That spurred him on to combine the peppers, cilantro, onion together in a skillet and sauté them.  He rubbed tilapia with red chile powder, salt, pepper and a seasoning blend and warmed his whole wheat tortillas in a skillet. Then he topped the grilled tilapia with the sautéd pepper mix, added an avocado and some lime juice.  I do believe he has great promise as a home cook.  He didn’t know what kinds of peppers they were, but they were HOT!  They look good.


Another evening he made a great steak and sent me that picture.  He uses a George Foreman table top grill that he loves.  I think this steak was marinated in Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and a dry steak seasoning blend.  He marinated this overnight because he decided not to cook one night.  So it was well marinated when he cooked it.  He served it with asparagus and mushrooms he sautéed in butter.  Looks pretty good to me.

When he lived at home he made chicken breasts marinated in Italian salad dressing or he fried flautas.  They were a mess and guess who did the dishes?  Now he cooks things that don’t make a mess as he has to clean them up himself.  At least he is thinking healthy and that is way ahead of when I started thinking of eating healthy food.  Good idea for us all!

A Tasty Asparagus Snack

I continue to be surprised by my friend Kathy. She claimed not to cook when I first met her. (16 years ago)  Since then she has remodeled her kitchen and has a grandson who eats a lot, so she claims to have reformed.  We had a little gathering of the coven at her house last week. (I’ll tell you about this little group at a later time. We are entirely harmless.)  She produced a very tasty appetizer that I have told everybody I meet about.  I can’t get it out of my mind, so it will now become an addition to holiday menus because I can’t eat the entire batch by myself, or at least I shouldn’t try.  She tells me they are excellent warmed up too.

Asparagus Roll Ups

  • 1 package 8” flour tortillas
  • 1 package bacon crumbles
  • 1 can asparagus, drained or fresh spears trimmed of the woody pulp
  • 1 small tub spreadable cream cheese
  • Parkay spray margarine
  • Parmesan cheese


Spread a generous layer of cream cheese on the tortillas.  Place asparagus and bacon bits down the middle of the tortilla.  Roll up like a log, and place seam-side-down in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.  Spray with Parkay (or brush with butter) and sprinkle with parmesan.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes (till lightly browned)….yum!

Cut them in half and serve warm or at room temperature.  These are great with a good glass of wine. What isn’t?  Right?