Smokey Portabella Burgers

You are going to fall in LOVE with this one!  This is just amazingly easy to make and so very tasty!  My husband loves these and always asks me to make them.  Back  in the day when I used to eat dairy (eww!) I used to make this with a smoked Gouda cheese.  Now I make them with Daiya mozzarella style vegan cheese (Daiya should really pay me for this, haha- I love their stuff!) and I think they taste even better!  I’m going to go ahead and apologize for my picture quality- I was making this really late at night so I couldn’t get any grill shots and we were starving so I really rushed through the picture taking!

Smokey Portabella Burgers

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BBQ Rub(recipe follows)
Portabella mushrooms (the number will depend on how many you are wanting to make)
Daiya Mozzarella style cheese
Burger Buns
BBQ sauce
Whatever burger fixings you like


Fire up the grill and clean up your mushrooms (I like to scrape the gills out because I think they’re oogey, but you can leave them in if you like)

Rub your shrooms with a little olive or canola oil so that the rub will stick

Sprinkle them with your BBQ rub and massage it in a bit.


Grill on both sides until mushrooms are soft.

Sprinkle the gill side with your cheese and let it get all melty.

Serve on a bun that has been slathered in BBQ sauce with your favorite burger fixings- sometimes I like to smother in caramelized onions- yummmm!


We also served this with baked sweet potatoes.





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2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons smoked sweet paprika (this is the KEY to the whole rub!  It’s essential!)
1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Combine all ingredients in small container.

Mix well.

This will make quite a bit!  Store leftovers in refrigerator.






Slow cooker BBQ tofu

Oh no she didn’t!

Oh yes I did!!

Back when I ate animals I used to make shredded BBQ chicken all the time.  It was quite easy.  But being a Texas gal I’ve been missing that BBQ flavor lately, so I decided to try something similar with tofu.  It turned out great- I was super impressed!  Though I loved this and will definitely make it again and again I think I’m going to try it with tempeh next time(that was actually the husbands idea- can you believe it?!), I think it will give it a little more of a meaty “chew”, know what I mean?  We’ll see what happens!

Here’s the version with tofu…

Slow cooker BBQ tofu

1 block of tofu
1-ish jar of your favorite BBQ sauce(I used about 3/4 of the jar)

Drain your tofu and press as much water out of it as you can (this can be accomplished in many ways- I just like to put it between kitchen towels and press on it with something heavy)

Cut your tofu into cubes(they don’t have to be perfect) and throw ‘em in your slow cooker.

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Pour in your BBQ sauce…



Let it go on low for about 5ish hours, or on high for around 3.  Then stir it and kind of chop it up with your stirring utensil until it’s in small chunks and looks like chopped BBQ.




Serve it up on a whole wheat bun with your choice of fixings- I used mustard and pickles.

Serve with your favorite side- I did sweet potato fries, but potato salad would also be awesome!







Happy snacking!