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Chimichurri Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms {AIP, Paleo}
March 31, 2015 in AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) · Appetizer · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Nut-Free · Paleo · Recipe Box · Vegetables · 22 Comments
 Stuffed Mushrooms with Chimichurri Sweet Potato filling ~ {PALEO/AIP/VEGAN} perfect bite sized appetizer
 Stuffed Mushrooms with Chimichurri Sweet Potato filling ~ {PALEO/AIP/VEGAN} perfect bite sized appetizer

Chimichurri Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms | AIP, Paleo, VeganWhew, home sweet home. I just got back from an inspiring trip to the IACP Conference in Washington DC, my first trip to our nation’s capital. When I woke up this morning, I couldn’t help but think about Easter weekend upon us, excited to spend some time with my family. And then my brain quickly jumped to the menu, because if you like food, you often wake up thinking about it, right?

We’ll start with these one-bite Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms, with a bright green chimichurri swirled in, one of my all time favorite sauces. No ham this year, as I didn’t get a chance to reserve one that was pasture raised, but Foodie Crush’s Lemon Chicken skewers will be happening on the grill, along with these crispy roasted radishes. And for a sweet finish, I’m gladly baking another AIP Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting.

Chimichurri Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms | Paleo, VeganI’ve always made chimichurri (kind of like a pesto, but with no nuts) a little different than most people, adding fresh basil to the usual parsley & cilantro. But I gave it one more twist this time to compensate for not being able to use jalapenos or chili flakes (since they are nightshades, and therefore avoided on the Autoimmune Protocol).

Kale! It worked perfectly with the garlic to give it just the right amount of heat. It’s the perfect contrast for the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.

Kale Chimichurri! (AIP, Paleo, Vegan)I actually didn’t even have any fresh greens on hand, but you know that corner of your freezer where you have half gone bags of random vegetables? That’s where I found some organic Cascadian Farm kale. I love when I’m able to find a use for things that might otherwise go to waste. I know I’ve let way too many peas and carrots get coated in freezer burn.

Food waste was actually a huge topic of discussion with National Geographic at the conference – 30% of the food we grown is never eaten. That equals out to 2.8 trillion pounds of waste, and $162 billion. And with the population growth expected over the next 35 years, we really really need to make a concerted effort in our kitchens.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Chimichurri Sweet Potato Filling | Paleo, AIP, Vegan Even though I’m pretty careful about food waste, I know I can still do a better job. I’ll keep working on more tasty idea like this to help us, and hopefully we can make a difference.

This recipe is really simple, and you can roast the sweet potato and make the chimichurri two days ahead. Then all you have to do is fill your mushrooms and stick them in the oven for ten minutes to bake.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Chimichurri Sweet Potato Puree |Paleo, AIP, veganHope you have a sunny Easter weekend, and if you have any great recipes that you’ll be making, leave them in the comments below!

Many thanks to Cascadian Organic Farm for sponsoring this post. I’m so grateful they provide all of us with accessible, organic fruits and vegetables. And thank you for understanding that I carefully choose the brands I work with that help make this site possible. All opinions are 100% my own.

Chimichurri Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms (AIP, Paleo, Vegan)

makes 24 mushrooms

3/4 cup frozen kale (if using fresh, remove it from stems & chop. then increase water to 1/4 cup)
3/4 cup cilantro leaves
1/3 cup basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
24 mushrooms, stems removed and inside hollow out
1 cup roasted & mashed sweet potato, mixed with 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add kale, cilantro, basil, garlic and chopped onions to a food processor or blender. Pulse several times until well chopped. Add olive oil, water, salt and apple cider. Puree until mostly smooth. It should be spoonable/stirable so add a little water if needed.

Place sweet potato mash in a bowl and lightly fold in about 1/3 cup chimichurri. (You will have some leftover, this is a good thing!) Be careful not to overmix so the puree stays orange.

Add puree to a ziploc bag and cut a small hole in one of the corners so you can pipe it in or use a frosting gun, which is what I did. You can also just spoon it in, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Line a baking sheet with foil or coat lightly with coconut oil. Place mushrooms facing down so that hollowed out side touches the surface. Bake for 8 minutes, then remove and turn right side up. Fill each with sweet potato mixture and bake for 5 more minutes. Remove and serve warm or at room temperature.

This post is linked to the Paleo/AIP Roundup. 

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22 thoughts on “Chimichurri Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms {AIP, Paleo}

  1. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    Oh my word, I’m totally in love with this recipe and you showcase it beautifully with your photos. I want to lick the sweet potato bowl! :) Your chimichurri is literally glowing with goodness ~ what a great twist to use kale in tandem with the basil/cilantro. It must give rise to the most gorgeous medley of flavors… cannot wait to try this recipe (perhaps even this weekend – I’m still working on our Easter menu) – thanks for the inspiration and have a great weekend.

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    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      Thank you Kelly! I was not sad that the recipe made for chimichurri than I needed. It really is so good…. And I sometimes find sweet potatoes need contrast, so I think the zest of this worked well. I hope you have a great weekend too, and enjoy these if you end up making them! xo

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      1. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

        Amanda, our whole family enjoyed this unique and delicious appetizer. The flavors were just amazing and so varied from the earthy mushroom to the sweet potato to the salty/sour/and spicy (I added jalapeno :p) chimichurri ~ oh my, just delightful. And it came together so easily too which I always appreciate on busy cooking weekends. I was able to prep both the chimichurri and the mashed potatoes the day before; love that! Thank you for the wonderful recipe :)

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        1. Amanda Paa Post author

          I am so so glad you enjoyed them! This made my day. Isn’t the chimichurri good on just about anything? :) Thank you for sharing and lots of love!

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  2. Elaine Paa

    Wow, do these ever sound like I would like them. Tell your Mom to bring me one home. Wish it would have worked out for you to come home so we could have seen you. Know that we are thinking of you and wishing you the best Easter ever. Have fun cooking for Mom and Scott and Erica. Love you – Grandma

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  3. Christine // my natural kitchen

    What a clever take on stuffed mushrooms! They look super tasty and this chimichurri (with kale!!) sounds delicious too! I also appreciate the reminder about using what we have in our kitchens and freezers, I can certainly do better at this too. Hope you have a lovely Easter, Amanda! xo

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    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      Hi Christine! I loved how the kale added even more brightness to the chimichurri too. And it was really good in a number of salads I made throughout the week. Anything for more green in our lives!

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  4. Sabrina Modelle

    Food waste is such an important thing to talk about. I hope people can get behind the “ugly vegetable” movement. We’re growing our own food right now and hopefully we’re about to get chickens who will eat whatever scraps we don’t add to the compost. Thanks for talking about food waste on your blog and also thanks for these killer and creative mushrooms!

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    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      Gosh, I wish I had room to grow our own food. We live in a small condo, but it’s my dream to have a hobby farm. I’m so jealous that you’re going to get chickens! Hope you enjoy the mushrooms, xo.

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  5. cristina

    I could probably do much better in the food waste dept., even though I really try to get to everything we buy, it’s difficult sometimes when its just me and Hubbs. I luv what you did here with the sweet potato stuffed mushrooms. So elegant, great pairing of flavors and works as both a side or appetizer!

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    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      I know the eating for two thing and avoiding food waste is tough. We deal with the same thing. I like to preserve through canning too, which can help. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  6. Julia | Orchard Street Kitchen

    This looks like such a fun and elegant appetizer, Amanda! With an Argentine husband, I know all about chimichurri – they put it on everything there! I love the idea of adding it to sweet potato puree – I bet it gives the puree such an amazing pop of flavor. And you make such a good point about how wasteful we can be with food. I really need to work on that, so thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Amanda Paa Post author

      I had no idea your husband was Argentine! Gosh, yes. I love the classic dish their of flank stank & chimichurri. Hope you had a great Easter weekend, xo

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