Gluten-Free Holiday Progressive Dinner: Garlic-Roasted Mushrooms with Herbs

Update: This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Gail, who said she loved making chicken stir-fry over buckwheat noodles as her 30-minute meal. Seems a lot of people love buckwheat noodles, as I saw those were mentioned several times! Anyway, congratulations, Gail!

Today is Day 3 of the Gluten-Free Holiday Progressive Dinner! If you missed Days 1 and 2, visit Daily Bites for some delicious Figgy Cocoa Wedges and Cook It Allergy Free for an amazing four-ingredient appetizers, such as Pear and Arugula Stuffed Proscuitto Cups with Balsamic Drizzle or Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Chopped Pistachios and Chives!

I’m sharing with you a super-easy, allergy-friendly, crowd-pleasing side dish that is definitely more than the sum of its parts. That seems to be the way with a good mushroom dish, in my opinion. Sure, it’s an unassuming gray little thing going in, but magic happens in the oven. The mushroom surrenders in the heat, releasing meaty, rich flavors and a sumptuous bite. Tossed with a healthy dose of garlic and a few herbs, these babies are happy alongside a turkey, Christmas goose, ham, prime rib, or even as part of a vegetarian holiday feast. Personally, I could eat the entire batch and not feel ashamed. They’re that good.

But my favorite part is that they are stupid easy. In fact, you can toss the mushrooms with garlic and herbs ahead of time, and just put them in the oven while you finish other dishes for your meal. They’ll happily cook away with no fussing, and are ready in 20 minutes. For me, simple dishes like this are the key to a successful holiday meal, when I have so many other balls in the air. A word of advice though – you might want to double the recipe, as they’re likely to disappear quickly.

Before I share the recipe with you, however, I have to tell you about the book I’m giving away today! Cybele Pascal, author of The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook, has recently published another amazing book, Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30 Minute Meals Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame. When you have food allergies, celiac disease, or intolerances, especially when you have more than one, simplicity in your meals is key! This book can be a life-saver for busy weeknights. (In fact, it’s going on my Amazon Wish List!) I’m giving away a copy to a lucky reader, hoping that this will make for a lovely holiday gift for you or someone special!

To enter for your chance to win a copy, please leave me a comment below telling me your favorite 30-minute meal. Best of luck! The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents ages 18 and over, and will end at midnight Tuesday night, December 18th, 2012.

And now, the mushroom recipe you’ve been waiting for!


Garlic Roasted Mushrooms with Herbs (gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, sugar-free)

1 lb fresh crimini mushrooms

4 garlic cloves, minced

¼ c extra virgin olive oil

2 T balsamic vinegar

1 t fresh thyme leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

¼ c fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped


Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or foil. Toss the mushrooms with the garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper. Roast until the mushrooms are juicy – about 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and toss with the parsley while still warm.

(hint: to streamline your meal, you can prepare this recipe up to the point where you would put it in the oven, and instead refrigerate for a few hours. Then, when it’s time, just pop in the oven as directed.)

Serves 4.


  1. Amanda says

    Thank you for the kind giveaway! My favorite 30 minute meal is thai noodles with sunflower seed butter/almond butter and veggies. YUM!

  2. says

    I literally could eat a pound of mushrooms myself in no time. They are one of my favorites. SO love this recipe. I make a similar one at least once a week. My 5 year old and I can eat the entire batch by ourselves. Will definitely be giving your version a go too!

  3. Diane says

    My favorite 30-minute meal is Garlic-Rosemary Pork Tenderloin with a roasted veggie (i.e. carrots, potatoes, or asparagus) as a side!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Marsha says

    my favorite 30 minute meal is spaghetti squash tossed with diced tomates, and a bunch of roasted veggies, topped with shredded parmesean cheese.

  5. Josie says

    My favorite 30 minute meal is flower hamburgers.

    It is steamed rice with a hamburger patty ( ground meat, grated zucchini, grated carrots, and minced water chestnuts) on top…and a sunny side up fried egg on top of that. Serve with some sliced avocado and whatever fruit on hand. My kids like ketchup on top!

  6. says

    I have Cybele’s book (which is awesome, by the way), so don’t enter me in the contest, but I wanted to comment on how wonderful these mushrooms look. I’ve never made roasted whole mushrooms. Now, I’m wondering why it never entered my mind. Thank you for the inspiration. These truly look amazing, not to mention the nutritional value of mushrooms, which is high-end as well. All around great recipe, Alta!

  7. Gail says

    These mushrooms look amazing. My 30 minute meal is a chicken stir-fry over buckwheat noodles. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. elizabeth says

    I can’t wait to try these mushrooms! definitely will be making these for Christmas! My favorite 30 minute meal is Thai Basil Chicken. It’s delish and so easy.

  9. says

    Mr. GFE will love these, Alta–thanks! Don’t enter me in the giveaway as I already have Cybele’s new book, too, glad that some other lucky Tasty Eats At Home reader will get to win it! :-)


  10. Denise Fedor says

    My favorite 30 min meal is just Thin Polish Ham rolled up with cream cheese with raw cut up veggies on the side. No gluten, LOW carb, and fast!

  11. EMC says

    I’m not a mushroom fan, but my hubby LOVES them. I might have to make this as a surprise for the holiday.

    Meanwhile, my favorite 30 minute meal? Lots! But one that jumped to mind is the gluten-free pancakes I make fairly regularly… Very easy to blend up, gluten-free, vegan, etc., and even my carnivorous step-daughter thinks they’re great! :-)

  12. Courtney says

    What a great give away! I love a big kitchen sink salad…it is ready in less than 30 minutes and super delicious!

  13. Jess says

    This book looks amazing! My favourite 30 minute meal to whip up is a quinoa stir-fry with lots of veggies and some tamari on top!

  14. says

    I love that you called them stupid easy. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that expression but it makes perfect sense. And they look delicious!

  15. says

    Your mushrooms look tasty. And I would love to get my hands on a copy of Cybele’s new book!! That’s a trick question, because with two small kids under 5 all my meals seem to be 30 mins or less. :) I would say lately a favorite has been cellophane noodles with a sunbutter terriyaki type sauce that I can actually whip up quicker than the noodles boil. We throw in some spices and veggies and we have a tasty 5 min meal.

  16. Miriam Kearney says

    I’m with the person who said they could eat a pound of mushrooms themselves! But my favorite gluten-free, dairy-free meal is butter chicken served with rice or rice noodles. It takes about 20 minutes to put it together, let it simmer for about 20 minutes and voila!

  17. Lisa Alexander says

    My favourite 30 minute meal has got to be a good stirfry, but to get it in that time, frame, you have to be organized! Chopping the vegetables beforehand make for a quick meal, with only really 15 minutes of actual cook time.

  18. Alethea Gaukel says

    Our Favorite 30 minute meal is Chickpea Tacos with a cabbage lime mayo( Sometimes I use runny Cashew Cheese) cilantro slaw. The Cabbage slaw takes the place of my kids wanting cheese and it adds just enough flavor.

    Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway. This cookbook is in my amazon wishlist. I am waiting for my hubby to read my wishlist and take a hint. *wink-wink*


  19. Stefania says

    My favorite 30 min meal is Thai buckwheat noodles with coconut milk, green/red curry paste, peas, edamane, spinach and cremini mushroom. Thanks for sharing.


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