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.






I needa fajita!

Well, we survived the snow-a-thon 2011 here in Texas!  Only we’re supposed to get another dose of it on Wednesday.  Doesn’t good ole jack frost know that I live in Texas so  I don’t have to put up with snow?!

Anyhoo- here’s a great veggie fajita recipe that will make you daydream about sitting out on a patio enjoying a margarita.  Which I’m hoping to be able to do very soon- hurry spring!!


Veggie Fajitas

Ingredients for marinade:
2 oranges 
2 limes
1 jalapeno, diced (with or without seeds- your choice)
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Ingredients for fajitas:
3-4 portabellas
1 bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 onion, thinly sliced


Directions for marinade:
Slice your portabellas.


Combine your jalapeno with the juices from your oranges and limes


Add cumin


And whisk in canola oil.


Pour marinade over portabellas in a zippy lock bag and let hang out in the fridge for at least 20 mins.IMG_2096


When you’re ready to make your fajitas, start with sautéing your peppers and onions in a little canola oil until they’re tender.  Set aside.


Drain marinade from your mushrooms and throw em in the pan!


When they’re nice and tender add your peppers and onions back into the pan to warm them back up.


Serve em up however you like your fajitas- we did a little Daiya vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, salsa, and guac on whole wheat tortillas..


And that my friends is how we do vegan fajitas, Texas style!