Marinated Portabella Mushroom Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri and Sunflower Horseradish Cream

Marinated Portabella Mushroom Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri and Sunflower Horseradish Cream

Mushrooms. Immune strengthening, longevity boosting, anti-inflammatory powerhouses.  

 They taste incredible in many cooked recipes and have a texture quite similar to meat.   

 Not only are mushrooms good for you, but they are also good for our planet Well known mycologist Paul Stamets shares that mushrooms can potentially solve some of our most pressing and serious problems. 

 During his extremely popular TED talk, Stamets explains how they can:  

  • Clean up oil spills all over the world 
  • Absorb farm pollution 
  • Fight off smallpox and flu viruses 
  • Combat insects 
  • Create rich environments for farms and new forests, and 
  • Become a sustainable fuel source for the future 

 To add to that, mushrooms are a gut-friendly food! They are prebiotic, meaning that they feed your healthy gut bacteria.  

Speaking of mushrooms, have you every looked really closely at the underside of a fungi? 

*mycelium and connectedness with everyones brains and interconnectedness of all life-kind and earth*  

 Marinated Mushroom Steaks  

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 
  • 3 cloves garlic- crushed  
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil 
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon 
  • 1/4 tsp coriander 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 

 Stir together all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Add marinade to prepared mushrooms  (de-stemmed and wiped with a wet towel) in a shallow glass pan. Allow mushrooms to soak in marinade for at least 30 minutes. Place mushrooms on grill on high heat bottom side down for about 7 minutes, then flip and cook the top for another 3 minutes.  

 *These mushrooms would be amazing on a bun as a burger as well!* 

Avocado Chimichurri 

  • 1 cup parsley  
  • 3 sprigs of oregano  
  • 1/3 cup olive oil  
  • 1/2 of an avocado 
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon 
  • Salt and pepper to taste  
  • Splash of water till desired consistency  
  • * Optional jalepeno for those who love spice  

 Add all ingredients except water to a blender or food processor. Process/blend until well combined. Add a small splash of water until the chimichurri reaches your desired consistency.  

*This sauce can be used on anything to instantly boost the flavor of a dish*  

Sunflower Horseradish Cream 

  • 3/4 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds (overnight works well)  
  • 6 tablespoons horseradish 
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (olive works too)  
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon  
  • 1 tsp salt  
  • Tablespoons of water until desired consistency  

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor, enjoy!  

Big Love & Aloha 🤙

Mama Donna 🌞

Tasty Fruit Salad & Infused Water

Tasty Fruit Salad & Infused Water

This refreshing salad is not only delicious but beautiful.

Low in calories, high in fiber, nutrition, and very hydrating. 

Considering tomatoes and cucumbers are actually fruits, this recipe is technically a fruit salad. Besides being nutritional, salads truly make for low carbon foodprint meals, especially when you buy local produce. The added benefit is the only energy you use to prepare them is your own. Not having to cook a great meal saves you time and money. Raw foods also help you to stay hydrated. If you read my blog on Water Consumption, you know why I‘m so passionate about water. You can see by the chart below, the average fruits and vegetable are about 90% water. Here is a link to a great article that gives you the health benefits of 19 fruits and vegetable that will help keep you hydrated.


  • 2 cups Cucumbers cubed             96% water
  • 2 cups Tomatoes cubed                94% water
  • 1 cup Mango or peach cubed       83% water
  • 1  cup of Avacado cubed              70% water
  • 1  cup Sprouts                                 90% water
  • ¼ cup white or red onion               89% water
  • 2 TB of fresh Lime or Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup diced Fresh Basil
  • 1 TB Ginger grated                         80% water
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Option: add a 4 oz piece of fresh grilled salmon or another protein source


Put all ingredients in a beautiful bowl, toss and serve chilled. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy while you hydrate and nourish your beautiful body and soul.


Special Recipe: 

Refreshing Infused Water

Since this week’s blog was on the consumption of water, I decided it would be a good idea to share some of my favorite hydrating Infused Beverage Combinations

Infusing water with fruits, berries, and herbs is a great way to hydrate and it is easy and affordable. In 4-6 hours you have a refreshingly delicious beverage that cost you pennies to make. You can store the infused water in the fridge for days. Some people recommend taking out the ingredients after 12 hours, but I usually drink mine up long before that. When I have let fruit linger in my infused beverage for days, it ferments and tastes more like wine. Super yummy!  Especially when I use pineapple.

To Make any combination of Infused Water:

Cut up about 1 cup of fruit and veggies of your choice, sized to fit into a pitcher or ½ gallon canning jar. You can also use berries and herbs. Depending on your flavor preference, and the size of your vessel determines how much fruit, veggies or herbs you add.

I usually make mine in a ½ gallon canning jar or if I am having guest, I sometimes make individual pint jars. First, add the combination of ingredients you wish to infuse and then fill the rest of your vessel with purified or filtered water. Chill in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours, the longer it sits the more flavorful it will be.

Be sure to always wash your fruits and veggies, especially if you are not eating organic food, even if you peel them. Pesticides have a way of getting beyond the skin. Check out the Dirty Dozen list which informs you are the fruits and veggies that are most important to buy organic. I was all my veggies using baking soda and organic apple cider vinegar. Studies have been done on both of these ingredients that have proven to eliminate most pesticides. I hope they are right 🙂 More on that in a future post.

Some of my favorite combinations

  • Pineapple Ginger Spearmint
  • Orange Mint
  • Lemon Ginger
  • Watermelon Keifer Lime Leaves
  • Strawberry Apple
  • Tangerine Rosemary
  • Watermelon Lemon Balm
  • Cucumber Basil

This list goes on… I love cucumbers, so when I have fresh organic cucumbers I will add to most of my infused beverages.

Enjoy this Great Reference Chart that takes you to the water content in many favorite fruits and veggies.

As always, thank you for reading and sharing my content with your friends and loved ones. I deeply appreciate all the wonderful comments and respond to them all. If you have a recipe you wish to share, please let me know. Also, let me know if you would like me to provide you a recipe of any kind. I most likely have a good one to share with you.

To your health ~ Big Love, Mama D