Ground Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

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    Ground Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect lunch or dinner option if you're looking to use up light and seasonal ingredients!

    Okay, so if you get offended easily and don’t like curse words, don’t read beyond this line. I rarely do this type of thing on my blog because I like to keep it PG, but it’s been bugging me for the past few weeks and I just have to vent. Don’t say I didn’t warn you ;)


    Want to know what’s majorly fu*ked up? When you buy concert tickets with your “friends” back in November and them bailing on you. We bought three tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert in July. I got an email from the two girls a few weeks ago asking if they could have their tickets. Yeah, sure, I emailed it to them, but then I’m like, well they are probably trying to bail on me because they’ve always been flakey. I texted them to see if they were having second thoughts and if they were, they need to let me know ASAP so we can try to sell the three tickets. Long story short, they gave some BS excuse (‘work is busy on Monday’s’, ‘vacation plans are firming up’) and they said we should sell. Me, being the honest person that I am, put the tickets up on Craigslist and Facebook and sold them as a bundle. Three or none at all. I got an inquiry from Craiglist so I texted the girls and asked if it was okay to sell them to this guy at $$. They texted me back saying they are selling it to one of their sisters. So I’m like wait, like two of them or all three? Of course it was just two of them. I knew I’d get fu*ked over in this entire situation. You know what they said? “I could really use the money.” Oh, cause I can’t use $160? Who doesn’t need the money? I’m not a rich billionaire that can just throw that away. So, I’m stuck with one freaking concert ticket. Who is going to buy ONE concert ticket? Lesson learned: honest people always get screwed over. The flip-side? I’ll let karma do its thang. Don’t get me wrong, I get that since they paid me back for their tickets, they technically can do what they want with it, BUT, if they were really “friends,” I feel that they wouldn’t screw someone over like that. So clearly, they’re just selfish b!tches. I had been honest the whole time by selling all three or none at all to ensure none of us gets screwed over. I also asked them if tables were turned, how would they feel? Of course they’re all pansies and never responded.

    To add insult to injury, they all (including one of the girls who wasn’t even going in the first place) decided to unfriend me on Facebook. Haha, they’re 25, 32, and 28 and they all act like 12.

    What irks me these days is that no one can ever be blunt. If you’re blunt and tell it like it is, people can’t deal with that. They’re like ‘omg she was such a b!tch.’ We live in such a sugar-coated society. You basically get slapped across the face for being blunt and telling someone the truth about how they are. It’s ridiculous.

    Ground Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect lunch or dinner option if you're looking to use up light and seasonal ingredients!

    Okay, well, that felt good to get it off my chest. Like I said, it’s rare I post stuff like that on my blog but this was really eating away at me and I just had to vent. I’m like the Taylor Swift of blogging. You screw me over, you get written up, haha ;) now to make billions off that…

    Moving on to another paleo meal that I made one evening that Jason and I devoured. Super easy and super filling. These ground turkey and spinach stuffed mushrooms are a dream to make because of how easy they are! These big portobello mushrooms are the best to have around because they are filling and give you that ‘meaty’ feel.

    Ground Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect lunch or dinner option if you're looking to use up light and seasonal ingredients!


    Ground Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

    These are the perfect lunch or dinner option if you're looking to use light and seasonal ingredients!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Calories: 233kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
    • 6 large portobello mushroom caps, cleaned and gills removed (gently scrape it out with a spoon)
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 1/2 pound ground turkey
    • Handful of baby spinach leaves
    • 6-8 grape tomatoes, sliced (and roasted if you prefer)
    • Salt and pepper, to taste (Italian seasoning would be great too!)


    • In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt about 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Place the mushrooms into the skillet and let cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Flip them halfway through. Set aside on a plate.
    • In the same skillet, add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Then add the ground turkey to the pan and break it up into small pieces with a spatula or wooden spoon. Cook until it's all cooked through. Sprinkle salt and pepper and other seasonings, if using.
    • Remove from heat and add the baby spinach leaves. The residual heat should wilt the spinach easily.
    • To assemble: use a small spoon and scoop the turkey spinach filling into the caps of the mushrooms. Top with grape tomatoes. Serve warm!


    Nutrition Facts
    Ground Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 233 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 13g20%
    Carbohydrates 7g2%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 24g48%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Cori says:

    I got 99 problems and bitches are all of them.

    The mushrooms look awesome though! Seriously.

    • Julie says:

      LOL! <3

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Fake friends are the worst. Just be glad that the drama is hopefully behind you now … and definitely more of those amazing food! I wish I could have some even for breakfast ;)

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    Well that whole thing is beyond obnoxious! You said it best, sounds like they’re acting like immature 14 year olds. But Cori’s comment wins for the day. haha ps- I want these mushrooms!

  • Anna | ANNAdventure says:

    Yeah that blows. I am so over people and their lack of giving a $h!t for others. On the bright and sunshiney side of things, this recipe look pretty darn yum!

  • Maria says:

    Stuffed mushrooms are always a good idea!

  • Naomi says:

    Oh that is so crappy!! I’m sorry. Those are not friends! Now onto the food. . . It looks fab! Love how light it is.

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Dude, some people are just mother truckers. Life is to short to be a douche. Now, these mushrooms look amazing!

  • Sarah | Broma Bakery says:

    1) They suck. Like, who acts that way? Not EVEN a 12 year old. 2) And then like how could you ever bail on Taylor Swift. 3) They suck. YOU ROCK. 4) In the words of TS, “I’m just gonna shake shake shake shake shake shake it off.”

  • Heather Christo says:

    Sometimes you gotta “weed the garden” Sommer. Once you get rid of the garbage you can go on to enjoy a “cleaner” more joyous life :) the older we get, the less we need those kind of distractions so that we can focus on the people and goals that are truly important. Good Luck!

  • Heather Christo says:

    haha, I typed “in the summer”, not sommer. thanks auto correct! love you Julie!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Ain’t nobody got time for that kind of drama! I do, however, have alllll the time in the world for these tasty mushrooms!

  • Josie says:

    Kick ass girl!

  • marla says:

    Sorry to hear about the girl drama….but these look great!

  • Amanda says:

    Ok, that really sucks. I can’t imagine canceling plans in such a way. I don’t understand how they could bail on you and Taylor! (I really want to see her in concert for this tour)

    These mushrooms look so good!

  • Jen says:

    Love these stuffed mushrooms. I bet they tasted so good, you forgot all about the friend drama!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Ugh, that type of drama is the worst! But these mushrooms look fab!

  • Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker says:

    Sucky, suck, suck. And I love that you wrote about it. Authenticity is close to my heart. The proof is in my lack of friends but I can be nothing but blunt. #sorrynotsorry As a wise soul in my life likes to say, “You do you.” I love it. You do (write about) what you want/need to for you! PS – These mushrooms look FAB!!!

  • Sara @ Confectionary Tales says:

    1. karma is definitely going to bite them in the butt.
    2. how could anyone bail on taylor swift?!
    3. I also think it’s hysterical that they decided to unfriend you on facebook. definitely sounds like they’re 12.
    4. I love the honesty and that you wrote about this <3
    5. I neeeeed to make these mushrooms. Maybe tomorrow.

  • Medeja says:

    They sound delicious and look really great too!

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I like Heather’s comment – It’s time to weed the garden, and get rid of the weedy dumb people spoiling the beauty of your day. They sound like a bunch of Drama Llamas and ain’t nobody got time for that!

    But these mushrooms – I totally have time for!

  • Kristen says:

    How freaking obscene of them! They were not friends at all. Who would screw someone over like that. I think it was a blessing in disguise to show you you don’t need them in your life. No matter what it still hurts to be screwed by people you called friends, but they were total cowards. Haha, you got called out b!tches! And to unfriend you on fb, grow up girls!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These girls seriously sound like the worst! People who do things to f*ck other people over are not the type of people you need in your life. Karma is a biatch and I’m sure it will be repaid to them in full! Also – these mushrooms look kick ass! So packed full of deliciousness…yum!

  • Linda says:

    You are asking for ‘large’ mushrooms. How many inches in diameter do you consider large, 3? 4?

    • Julie says:

      I would say about 3-4 inches, yes!

      • Linda says:

        And 3 mushrooms are a serving?!? Wow!

        • Julie says:

          You seem to be shocked by that. If you look at them in the photo, they shrink down from cooking and there isn’t THAT much filling in them. 3 made me perfectly full, but everyone varies with portion sizes and appetites, so if you find 3 is too much, then by all means just eat one or two.

  • Lisa says:

    Hi Julie – I’m really enjoying following your 30 day challenge paleo adventure and I’m looking forward to mine :) I’ve followed you for a while because I really enjoy your talent. I don’t usually comment, but I need to tell you I LOVE your honesty and commitment, I believe in Karma and know that some people just behave very badly. You deserve better. Best Regards, Lisa

    • Julie says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa! That means a lot to me! And you know what? I got the good karma because someone ended up buying my concert ticket!! <3

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Ugh, that stinks! Wish I could’ve bought one of the tickets and gone with you! Kicking myself that I didn’t get tickets to her Nashville show. Karma will do it’s thang, girl! :)

    • Julie says:

      Oh, and it did! I was able to sell my ticket :)

  • Mary Pat Henry says:

    You were most definitely in the “right” on this one, re: the tickets. Lesson learned, obviously for you. But, it was childish, and you are right, people nowadays don’t know how to be blunt, how to rsvp, all kinds of “old-fashioned” things I wish young people would teach their little people in their lives… But, back to the RECIPE! YUM! Excellent! But, I added minced garlic, because I am a garlic nut. Cheers! Love your stuff!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks Mary! Garlic is a great addition :)

  • Mariah M says:

    I just made these but added just a tiny bit of sharp cheese & no tomatoes because I didn’t have any. But they were still delicious!

  • MissLilly says:

    I know probably you don’t remember this episode any more but seriously? I say maturity has nothing to do with age. They were not proper friends I’m afraid. You were doing the right thing. I also have to say I’ve really enjoyed such an honest post! Hope you do more of them in the future. Now as for the recipe, I feel I’m biting my screen, I love mushrooms and this looks so lush!!!

    • Julie says:

      It’s an episode I like to block out of my head :) it’s funny things currently are coming full circle as one of them tried to re-friend me on Facebook. Um, okay. They unfriended me first. I’m glad you like the honesty of this post! Thank you!

  • Neville says:

    Thanks for the recipe and idea. I’m going to make these for my wife tonight as a heavy appetizer with some white wine. I know she’ll love them because she doesn’t cook – lol.

    I wish I would have seen this recipe when you first posted it and told the story about your friends. I would have suggested you post the single ticket for sale, as follows:

    “Taylor Swift Concert for One Lucky Guy”

    See Taylor Swift in concert and sit next to two hot chicks!! $200 obo


    • Julie says:

      LOL that is amazing and hilarious. I wish you had seen this post earlier too! :) I hope you enjoyed these mushrooms!!

  • Stacey says:

    I was just wondering if you or anyone else had tried freezing these??
    I’m making my mother individual meal packs that are delish, cancer fighting/healthy but able to be stored frozen.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Stacey, I don’t think these would freeze well. I know mushroom secretes a lot of liquid so it might do that after it’s defrosted, unfortunately.

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