Goat cheese stuffed mushrooms

“I’ve got a golden ticket


I’ve got a golden twinkle in my eyeeeeeeeee”



How’s your day going, friends??

Mine has been glorious. Since I got here, my work schedule has been a little cray cray, so a day off has been fully embraced. 🙂

The day has included hot yoga – I was so excited to see Katy and Ashley’s lovely faces at practice this morning

A little shopping, but not the *fun* kind as I just picked up a netbook:


For the record, the entire country is going through a pink netbook drought. I had to roll with the maroon-colored one… Pinkie is a little irked because pink and red totally clash, but what can ya do?


The netbook is pretty awesome though- so compact and will be perfect for at-work blogging on break 🙂

After the netbook buy, I had a spa appointment at Pia which was LOVELY –if you’re ever in the Winter Garden area, check it out!- and grabbed personal pizzas for my cousin and I for lonchi.

pizza fusion

Pizza Fusion is an organic pizza place on Sand Lake– they have multigrain and gluten-free crusts, are vegan-friendly and serve organic wine and beer.

I got the vegan pizza on multigrain (tomato sauce, roasted garlic and cremini mushrooms), which I de-veganized by replacing the soy cheese with goat’s, and added kalamata olives.


Usually “personal pizzas” are really “feed-a-family-of-four pizzas”, but not this one- it was the ideal size! I ate the entire thing topped with red pepper flakes, a green salad with Garlic Gold and balsamic ,and a little of the dark chocolate in the above pic for dessert. Amazing 🙂

Right now, I’m about to get some paperwork together to send out, hit up a dance class (Zumba or Dance Trance) and then chill for the evening.

Have a lovely night!



Here’s my submission for the Nature’s Pride Bread Ambassador recipe contest:

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I would be so honored and thrilled if they chose me to make these goat-cheese stuffed mushrooms at the Foodbuzz Festival. I think they’d be a perfect Foodbuzz festival party bite and the vegetarians would be able to enjoy them as well 🙂

Disclaimer: The coupon for the product got lost in the mail, so I used my own dinero to buy the Nature’s Pride bread for this recipe. I made these when the Pilot was still here a couple of weeks ago, and use Nature’s Pride to make his sandwiches anyway 🙂

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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Serves 4 as an appetizer


-2 slices of Nature’s Pride whole wheat bread, toasted

-1 container of mushrooms (white button mushrooms or baby bellas are a great choice), cleaned and stems removed- scrape the gills out with a spoon


-3 cloves of garlic

-2 T fresh basil

-1 T parsley

-1 container (8 oz) of soft goat cheese

-1/2 t dried oregano, sea salt, pepper and cayenne

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375* and spray a cookie sheet with olive oil or nonstick spray.

2. In a small food processor, chop the garlic. Add the two slices of bread (you may have to tear them to fit) and pulse until you have fine breadcrumbs.


3. Remove half of the garlic bread crumbs and reserve.


4. In the food processor (with half of the bread crumbs still remaining), add the goat cheese, basil, parsley, oregano, and season with sea salt, cayenne and pepper to taste


5. Scoop the goat cheese mixture into the mushrooms (about 1/2 T mixture per mushroom) and pat the cheese-side of the mushroom in the reserved breadcrumb mixture.


6. Spray the tops of the breaded mushrooms with nonstick spray and bake on the cookie sheet for 20 minutes.

7. Garnish with parsley and feast.

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on September 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    You can get a vegan pizza on multigrain from a pizza place?! I seriously need to get out more.

  2. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on September 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    You deserve to win! 🙂 I love your submission!

  3. babs on September 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Pizza sounds good right now!

  4. Kayla on September 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Those mushrooms look INCREDIBLE. I heart goat cheese. I should get some again soon; it’s a treat, so I don’t get it very often.

  5. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on September 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Mmmm!! I want to bite into these ‘shrooms!!! I just dreamt up my recipe last night. Regardless, we’re both going to FB and I can’t wait to see you again!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      i can’t wait to see you again, too! roons for allie bars??? 🙂

  6. Carrie on September 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    There’s an awesome new pizza place in my area called Zaw (it’s like an fancy papa murphy’s) and it is so delicious. And they can deliver beer and wine, I’m in love.

    Anyway, that pizza looks like the one I had from there. 🙂

  7. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on September 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    That pizza looks so good! And I bet the little box it came in was cute and small too 🙂

    And I’m sure the mushrooms taste great, I’m just not a mushroom fan.

    Ooh nice about the netbook — I like being able to work on a post or read blogs during my lunch break. There are too many things to do in a day, so any multitasking works well for me. Good for you — but too bad about the lack of pink.

  8. Rebecca on September 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Those mushrooms look great and I’m inspired to try them tomorrow. Thanks

  9. Whitney on September 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I’m making pizza for dinner! Hope they pick you, that would be pretty freaking cool.

  10. Lisa on September 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I am obsessed with goat cheese right now. These look delicious! Thanks Gina for the lovely recipe! =)

  11. Kristina @ spabettie on September 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    YUM… I love stuffed mushrooms, and with Goat Cheese?? my absolute favorite… 😀

    cute little netbook… I know what you mean, though… ALL of my things are PINK, and for a while I had RED flip phone. totally stood out in the crowd of pink… my phone now has a pink cover, and fits right in to the Pink Party! 😀

  12. Diana @ Diana Tries a Tri on September 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    You’ll have to let us know how the clashing netbook works out! Oh and those mushrooms look amazing.

  13. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on September 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Pizza is one of the best foods ever! It’s so versatile…anything goes!

  14. Heather (Heather's Dish) on September 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    oh goat cheese. be still my heart! so salty and creamy and perfect… 🙂

  15. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 29, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Congrats on the new Vaio!!!! The last good PC I bought was a Vaio laptop! It seriously lasted me 8 yrs before I had a few duds, and then said screw it and converted to Macs. But I heart’ed my Vaio, that thing was an extreme workhorse. I know you’ll have a long happy life together with it 🙂

    Pizza Fusion! There’s one 6 blocks from me and yes, they have GF crusts and Vegan pizzas! It’s an awesome concept to be able to find vegan GF pizza, at a chain, no less! Happy that you got to partake!

    The stuffed shrooms look stellar! Bravo!

    Hope you have an awesome, chill evening hon..looks like you probably need it. Such the busy lady you are…me too..haha!


  16. Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous on September 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Those mushrooms look so tasty! I hope you win!

    And I used to have a pink phone (the razor!) that matched perfectly with my pink laptop and pink digital camera but I had to get a new phone and verizon didn’t have anything pink! So now I’m stuck with a maroon phone and it looks so out of place haha

  17. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on September 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Gina, those mushrooms look FABULOUS!!! I want you to win because I want to try those at the Foodbuzz Festival. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm

      i’m so excited to see you there!

  18. Krystina on September 29, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Pizza fusion is so good and they have fab wine! That chocolate bar, however, is calling me.

  19. Food & Other Things on September 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Your netbook looks like the perfect size for blogging on the go! Good luck with the Nature’s Pride contest…your recipe sounds delicious!

  20. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Great minds think alike… did you see my entry last night?!? 🙂

  21. Molly on September 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I think this could totally satisfy my daily mushroom cravings!! My mom goes insane because I go through a 16 oz carton every 2 days or so. I’m gonna try this with feta (my fave!) and hope it turns out good.

  22. Daniella on September 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Mmmm goat cheese stuffed mushrooms! I’ve actually been contemplating making goat cheese stuffed mushrooms. This is not so much of a coincidence as me just always trying to infuse all of my other food with goat cheese… I did make goat cheese stuffed chicken last week…

  23. Brittany on September 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Ohhhhh I’ve wanted a Netbook for a WHILE! This may be a silly question, but are you able to pick up the internet on it wherever you are, or do you have to find a wireless network to log onto?

    I am shamelessly technoligically *challenged,* but I would like to learn!

    Happy Humpday 🙂

  24. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on September 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I love how cute Netbooks are! I bet that will be really convenient for you during your work breaks. 😉

    Goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms sound delish! Good luck with your entry!!

  25. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on September 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Holy Pizza!! That looks so good!

  26. Paige @Running Around Normal on September 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    That pizza looks delicious! Hope they pick you – those mushrooms sound fab:)

  27. Emily @ Emilyeatsclean on September 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I’m such a pizza freak….looks awesome!! I love flat bread pizza too.

  28. Caitlin (EatFeats) on September 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    After reading your post, I ordered the roasted beet and goat cheese salad at lunch with my sister and DANG goat cheese was phenomenal! I thought I didn’t like goat cheese (it’s so GOATY), but this one was so smooth and creamy and flavorful.

  29. Sana on September 29, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Yummm! I can taste it as a type this comment! i hope you win!

  30. Barbara on September 30, 2010 at 12:52 am

    hi gina. like seriously, i just purchased the exact netbook at best buy or best bizzle as you would say;-). i hope i love it. i really needed a more portable pc since my travel has picked up a little. with all of the baggage restrictions and fees, the netbooks should work great.

  31. Shelby on September 30, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Pizza Fusion is one of my favorite places!

  32. Moni'sMeals on September 30, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Good luck! Pizza Fusion rules. Also, I now have “I want a golden ticket…” song from WW stuck in my head. 😉

  33. Little Bookworm on September 30, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Those mushrooms sound amazing! Great recipe. 🙂

  34. Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun on September 30, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Oh my god! Isn’t the pink laptop drought over?! I got my laptop 2 years ago and they were out of pink then too! I had to settle for red. 😕

  35. Lauren on September 30, 2010 at 7:33 am

    The ‘za looks amazing!! And congrats on the new laptop baby 🙂

  36. CaSaundra on September 30, 2010 at 8:14 am

    That pizza looks delish–I really like when pizzas places offer
    a variety of pizza options to accomodate different diets..I like
    your creation!

  37. rachael on September 30, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Sorry you didn’t find a pink netbook. 🙁 Did you ever find pink vibrams? I’ve been looking but haven’t found them anywhere.

    Hot yoga and pizza= a great day in my book!

  38. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on September 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Mmm…the pizza looks good! There’s an organic pizza place around me that also offers a whole wheat crust. It’s the only whole wheat pizza I’ve ever seen in a restaurant.

  39. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 30, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I would definitely order from pizza places more often if we had options like that!

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