Portobello Pizzas

Since Ryan had jury duty downtown today, when he got off in the late afternoon we were able to meet up for a super-speedy date at Mochi.


Looks like frozen yogurt Friday came a bit early!

I knew we had to go today because word on the street was that they had red velvet *my favorite* fro yo on tap today. Who could say no?

Ryan and I shared a small cup of a swirl of red velvet and cheesecake soft serve with rainbow sprinkles, naturally. 😉

I was still a little full from lunch, so when we were making our bowl I kept our portion on the smaller side. Since the bowl was polished off in approximately 2.5 seconds, I think I could’ve handled a little more. We are seriously ice cream machines.

I get my love for ice cream from my dad. The two of us can do some serious damage to a carton of chocolate marshmallow ice cream. (That flavor is hard to find, by the way). Ryan is the only other person I’ve met that can hold a candle to our ice cream-eating abilities. And that is why I’m marrying him. 😉


At the farmer’s market on Sunday, I nabbed several fresh portobello mushroom caps. I wanted to use them before they got all slimy and gross in the fridge so I decided to get a little creative in the kitchen.

Gooey cheese and savory marinara sauce sounded like a great combination to me tonight, so I figured I could incorporate both of them into my evening meal in a personal portobello pizza.

I used the mushroom caps as the pizza crust, and let them bake at 350 for 8 minutes or so after spraying them lightly with cooking spray.

I then topped the caps with sauce, cheese and olives and threw them back in the oven until the cheese was melted and slightly browned.

Portobello Pizza

I paired the portobello pizzas with a side of roasted zucchini.


All Together Now


After dinner, Ryan, Ross and I were in the mood for something sweet, so I whipped up a batch of flourless peanut butter cookies for us to nibble on while watching Jeopardy!

Three Ingredients... That's It!

Guess who had which cookie?

R + J + R

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21 Responses

  1. Red velvet froyo?! I need that in my life. Too bad I’d have to drive for 3-4 hrs before even coming close to a town with froyo!

  2. I am also in love with ice cream. I can leave cake or cookies or even chocolate, but give me ice cream and I don’t stand a chance!

  3. Mmmmmmm, red velvet fro yo!!! Yummmmmm!! 🙂

    Those portobello pizzas look great!!

  4. Yummm!!!
    My dad is an ice cream machine too! He INHALES it! 🙂

  5. I’m thinking that I could hold a candle to your ice cream eating abilities. Oh how I love ice cream! We don’t have a Mochi here in Maryland.. and that makes me sad. 😦 I’ll have to find some different type of ice cream to feast on!

    and btw, chocolate marshmallow ice cream – SO GOOD!

  6. Such a great idea with portobello caps! YUM!

  7. I love portobellos and don’t eat them enough. Totally ice cream addicted as well, I should not keep it in my house!

  8. Red Velvet is my favorite too!! 🙂 BEST flavor ever!
    & I will definitely have to try making those peanut butter cookies- they look so good.

  9. Those “pizzas” are such a good idea! I’m putting that on my recipe plan for next week, stat. I was wondering though, did you scrub the top of the ‘shrooms before you cooked them? I made a roasted portabello last week and it was delicious but the top had a skin (I’m not sure what to call it) that was almost impossible to bite or cut through. Did that happen at all with yours?

  10. Portobello pizzas?!?! That’s an awesome idea! I’ve only had a portobello mushroom once but I loved it and as soon as my grocery store gets some more in I want to whip up a “pizza”.

  11. Red velvet froyo?! I have never had that before. And now I am craving it. (Well, more than normal.) 🙂

  12. I love the letter shaped cookies! Also, the froyo is so great! I wish we had a self serve ice cream place!

  13. Hi Julie. Love your blog! I’m a writer/editor that lives in Orlando as well. Have you been to Menchie’s yet? It’s my favorite frozen yogurt place in Orlando. They have 12-15 flavors and usually always have Red Velvet. I had Mounds the last time, so good. They have the best toppings selection I’ve seen also. It’s on Sand Lake Road. You’ll have to try it out!

  14. I LOVE frozen yogurt, but we don’t have a Mochi here so next time I’m in the US I plan to track one down because your creations always look so good! Chocolate marshmallow ice cream sounds awesome…. any chance you’re experimenting with a recipe for it?! 😉

  15. Yum, I cannot wait to get some fro yo this weekend in NYC!!

  16. Red velvet is totally my fav too 🙂 It’s great that you guys planned a quick rendezvous since you knew you wouldn’t be able to see each other later in the day. Hubby and I are doing the same thing tonight !!

  17. Hi there… just wanted to say thanks for your blog – I think I’ve maybe commented once before, but I just went through all of your AMA posts (which totally makes me think of the American Marketing Assn. because I was in marketing (now in communications) as well…

    I love your recipe ideas and your spunk!

    Have a great rest of the day!

  18. Portobelo pizza… what a great idea! I am going to have to mark that down as a “must try” ; P

  19. Woah…. red velvet FROZEN YOGURT? oh my… oh my!!! I wish we had that here…!!!

  20. […] dinner was sort of random. I made a portabello “pizza”, inspired by Julie. I tweaked it a little though. I marinated the portabello mushroom in some balsamic vinegar + olive […]

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