These "Cheesy" Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms are perfect as a main course over wilted greens and roasted squash or served as hors d'oeuvres.
Baby portobellos or creminis are stuffed with a sausage-flavored pork filling that also happens to be nightshade-free, nut-free, seed-free, and egg-free. They're also Paleo friendly, Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) compliant, and naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.
These adorable little shroomies get their inspiration from those delicious appetizer mushrooms that you may find at your local mom 'n' pop Italian restaurant's starter menu. They have a delicious cheesy flavor even though there is no dairy in the ingredients, thanks to the cheesiness of nutritional yeast!
One key to reversing leaky gut, a precursor to autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, is to flood the cells with nutrients. When preparing healthy meals for yourself, consider keeping in mind how many different vitamins and nutrients you can add to your meal through foods.
Check out the nutrients you'll find in the ingredients in these "Cheesy" Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms:
Also known as scallions, green onions add a delicious and zesty bite to the sausage filling. What's terrific about green versions of onions (like scallions, leek tops, and chives) is that there is way more nutrient density in them versus white onions! So if you're looking to boost your vitamin intake through foods naturally, go green with your onion versions when making soups, stews, and seasoning ground meats.
Garlic packs a whopping nutrient punch in such a small package. You'll find B6, manganese, selenium, vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iron, and copper inside garlic cloves. As a bonus, garlic also has natural anti-bacterial properties, which can help those struggling with gut dysbiosis due to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.
Tigernuts are another gut superfood because they are full of beneficial-bacteria-boosting prebiotic fiber and digestion-regulating resistant starch. Resistant starch is important because it takes longer to digest. Hence, you feel fuller, which may help you not overeat. Tigernuts are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, too! They contain high phosphorus levels, potassium, vitamins E and C, zinc, magnesium, and iron.
Note: If you cannot find tiger nut flour in your area, you can substitute the more commonly available cassava flour or even tapioca starch in this recipe. Just cut the amount in half for the meat mixture, using only two tablespoons of the flour substitute to not dry out the mixture.
While fresh herbs will give you larger amounts of nutrients, choosing dried herbs does not necessarily mean that all nutritional value is lost! Since not everyone has access to fresh herbs regularly or seasonally, using dried seasonings instead can pick up the slack.
When choosing dried seasonings, look for organic and non-irradiated to avoid unnecessary toxins. Be sure to buy dried herbs and seasonings only in the amounts you will use up promptly. Generally, the longer you have them sitting in your spice cabinet, the more nutrients they lose. A good rule of thumb is to use up a dried seasoning within a year of purchase.
When shopping for nutritional yeast, be sure to stick to brands that offer a non-fortified version. This rule is especially true if you have methylation issues. The non-methylated versions of B vitamins added to fortified brands can cause trouble in those with MTHFR gene mutations (aka methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase). Fortified versions may also likely contain synthetic or low-quality vitamins, which can cause issues in those with autoimmunity and thyroid disease.
Mushrooms are rich in prebiotics that stimulate the growth of good gut bugs. Plus, they are so flavorful and provide a great variety of texture in your meals! You'll find vitamin D, zinc, potassium inside mushrooms. These nutrients' health benefits include boosted bone health, lowered tension in blood vessels, and reduced inflammation.
Most culinary and medicinal mushrooms should be avoided if you follow a low-FODMAP diet to quash SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Though, good news—you can still enjoy a few varieties of mushrooms on a low-FODMAP diet! One cup of Oyster mushrooms or one cup of Shimeji mushrooms are still considered low-FODMAP by Monash University.
Certain medicinal mushrooms (like Reishi, Maitake, and Turkey tail) may also stimulate TH cells and act as immune modulators, so you should speak to your trusted doctor before supplementing with medicinal mushrooms to ensure it is the right choice for you, especially if you have autoimmunity.
These "Cheesy" Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms are perfect as a main course over wilted greens and roasted squash or served as an appetizer. They are Paleo, AIP, and gluten-free. Serves 4.
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