Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mushroom Scampi

mushroom scampi Appetizer at

My lemon roasted garlic herb mushrooms that taste like scampi are very simple to make, but YET outrageously tasty. If you are looking for a low calorie and nutrient rich light side dish for the Thanksgiving meal , this is it!

Everyone will go crazy over them. The lemon and garlic kind of crust the mushroom and give it an exotic taste. AND it will please the vegan, vegetarian or gluten free guests are your table. One of my readers suggested I call it Mushroom Scampi ( see comments)

Roasting brings out the best flavor in any vegetable, and mushrooms are no exception. I used large plain white round whole organic mushrooms, but you could get creative and make a mixture of all varieties of mushrooms.

This recipes is elegant enough to make for a side for the Thanksgiving dinner or fast enough to make for any night of the week. In addition, it makes a wonderful appetizer with toothpicks.

Mushrooms are very low in calories but high in nutritional benefits. They help boost the immune system with protective antioxidants and may help increase your levels of Vitamin D, which most of us need. In addition, they contain B vitamins and protein.

If you are eating consciously, 6 mushrooms have about 22 calories before you add anything to them. On Weight Watchers a serving of this tangy mushroom dish is only 1 Point Plus!!

Author: Judee
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

1 package of fresh white whole mushrooms, cleaned and cut in half
coconut or olive oil spray ( or regular olive or coconut oil)
Juice of 1/2 large lemon
 a few shakes of Trader Joe's saltless herb mix 21 Salute ( or any salt free herb mix of rosemary, thyme, garlic, pepper, etc.  or   any herbal blend
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Lay cleaned mushrooms on cookie sheet
Generously spray mushrooms with cooking oil or put in a bag and toss in olive or coconut oil
Squeeze the lemon juice over the mushrooms
Sprinkle with 21 Salute ( from Trader Joe's ) or any other herbal blend
Top with minced garlic
Roast for about  12  minutes ( depends on size of your mushrooms)

roasted mushrooms
Before Roasting

Roasted mushrooms in spices appetizer
Appetizers Anyone?
empty plate mushroom appetizer
Delicious and not one left

roasted mushrooms

My note: Dr. Mercola suggests purchasing organic mushrooms when possible since they absorb toxins easily, especially heavy metals. My local supermarket carries organic for just 50 cents more.


Roasted Mushroom Scampi Appetizer

All of my recipes meet vegetarian, vegan or gluten free standards!

This recipe may be shared on the following blog carnivals: blog carnivals and Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking

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  1. I love mushrooms, I love lemon. Count me in! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things blog hop xo

    1. Katherine,
      I agree that it is a winning combination of flavors that are often favorites of most people.

  2. I love mushrooms and this recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Four Seasons Blog Hop~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    1. It is an interesting way of preparing mushrooms. They are delicious

  3. Hi Judee,
    We are going to just love these mushrooms! Thanks so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your Thanksgiving week!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

    1. I hope you do have the chance to make them and I am sure that you will love them Miz Helen.

  4. Lovely dish, Judee. Found you via Michelle at Ms En Place - am now a follower. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

    1. Hi Carole,
      Welcome. I hope that you find recipes on my blog that you will enjoy. I 'm heading over to visit Carole's Chatter. Thanks for stopping by

  5. I'm one of those people who absolutely loves mushrooms. I also am a big lemon fan. Very excited about this recipe! The way you described the garlic and lemon forming a crust sounds fantastic. Thank you for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo.

    1. The lemon and garlic forming a crust is fantastic. It is a delicious recipe.


  6. Looks and sounds delicious , will try this , thanks

  7. You could call this Mushroom Scampi!

  8. Ok.. I will- thanks for the better name idea. Love it

    1. You're welcome. That name is so descriptive for your recipe and will entice those who love shrimp scampi and mushrooms.

  9. Ok.. I will- thanks for the better name idea. Love it

  10. What is not to love here? Roasted mushrooms sound delicious and easy. I'll have to look for that spice blend next time I'm in Trader Joe's.

    1. Thanks Beth I do love this simple recipe. The spice blend is called 21 Salute

  11. These mushrooms look tempting and easy to make. Yum!

  12. I'm not a fan of mushrooms but my kids would love this.


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