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Spinach ‘Ricotta’ Portabello Mushrooms

RawEssence: 180 Delicious Recipes for Raw Living is a wonderful raw food cookbook that is part of the growing movement advocating a cuisine that is eco-friendly, meets all your nutritional needs, and is immensely satisfying and delicious.

The recipes are relaxed and flexible, so it’s an ideal cookbook for those who are just beginning to embrace the lifestyle as can be seen by this recipe for Spinach ‘Ricotta’ Portabello Mushrooms on page 165.

Spinach ‘Ricotta’ Portabello Mushrooms

Makes 4 portions

Preparation: 10 minutes

Marinating: 1 hour

Dehydration: about 2 hours

Equipment: dehydrator


  • 4 portobello mushrooms, trimmed (see “Tips” section below)
  • 1⁄4 recipe Mushroom Marinade (see below recipe)
  • 1⁄2 cup Macadamia Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 large handful spinach, chopped

Make it!

  1. In a large bowl, combine mushrooms and marinade and let stand for about 1 hour.
  2. In a bowl, blend together ricotta cheese and chopped spinach. Fill mushrooms with mixture.
  3. Place filled mushrooms on dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 105°F (41°C) for 2 hours. The filling will harden, but the entire assembly should remain moist.


To clean mushrooms, it is always better to use a basting brush, vegetable brush or cloth. Running them under water saturates them with liquid, reducing their flavor and the appeal of their texture.

Keeps 3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Mushroom Marinade

  • 1⁄2 cup wheat-free tamari sauce
  • 11⁄2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 11⁄2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground black pepper

Blend all ingredients together in a bowl, using a whisk.


RawEssence: 180 Delicious Recipes for Raw Living

Excerpted from RawEssence by David Côté and Mathieu Gallant © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

David Côté is the co-founder and president of Crudessence, specifically in charge of the restaurants. He is also a shiatsu therapist, a living foods chef, a teacher at the living Foods academy and an inspirational speaker. He resides in Montreal.

Mathieu Gallant is the co-founder of Crudessence and Director of the Living Foods Academy. He oversees the development of new creations and overall food direction and is an experienced yoga and meditation instructor. He resides in Montreal.


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