Portabella Burger with Russian Dressing and Onion Rings

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I finally prepared a meal that did not upset my tummy. I am 12 weeks pregnant and have been really nauseous and sick to my tummy. The past 2 days have been filled with emptying the tummy and going to sleep with just fluids. Not good, I know.

When I woke up this morning I felt queasy and immediately stuffed 1/2 a banana in my mouth before getting ready to drop Ryan off at school. The banana definitely helped for a bit but then I had a bagel and later had an egg. Blech….my stomach rejected these foods today even though I had been enjoying them the last few weeks.

After a choir rehearsal, I decided I would try a green monster smoothie. I knew I needed greens and protein so I packed in coconut milk, water, spinach, blueberries, protein powder, flaxseed oil and blended away. My tummy was soothed! Yay!

The key then was to know what to make for dinner. When I quickly went grocery shopping in the morning I saw items to make veggie egg rolls. As the morning went by I was not feeling that anymore but I was still debating it because then I ran across a post at Clean Green Simple’s website talking about portabella burgers! I have become so indecisive lately especially since I have been really nauseous, so menu planning has been so hard!

Thank you Facebook fans for helping me make up my mind for tonight’s dinner. It was perfect and it settled really nicely in my tummy. Sigh…

I made some crunchy baked onion rings for the FIRST time! I am so sad I just tried making them because I could have been making them all this time. Nevermind that. Now I can make them often. It was a quick and savory recipe thanks to Isa Chandra’s recipe.

I also made a Russian sauce to add to the sandwich that kind of reminded me of a Thousand Island dressing. Since I did not add too much spice on the portabella cap, I decided to make a sauce. Ryan thought it was flavorful and interesting. I am glad I have leftovers because I have 2 more mushroom caps left!

Enjoy this quick dinner!


Portabella Burger with Russian Dressing

makes 2 sandwiches

For the Burger:
Two portobello mushrooms, stems removed
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 hamburger buns
2 romaine leaves
1 tomato, cut into 1/2 inch slices
4 Tablespoons of Russian Dressing

Russian Dressing

adapted from All Recipes

makes 1 1/2 cups

1 cup Vegenaise (vegan mayo)
3 teaspoons minced onion
1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder (or prepared horseradish)
1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried parsley
3 tablespoons sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup


Oven-Baked Onion Rings
2 large vidalia onions (about a pound)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (I have used brown rice or amaranth flour to make this GF)
2 tablespoons arrowroot starch (or cornstarch)
1 cup cold So Delicious coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine flour, arrowroot starch, coconut milk, and apple cider vinegar in a medium bowl.

Slice onions into 3/4 inch thick rings. Separate the rings and place in a bowl. In the other bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and salt. Drizzle in the oil and use your fingertips to mix it up well.

Line up each bowl in order:
  1. Bowl of onions
  2. Bowl with flour mixture
  3. Bowl with breadcrumbs
  4. Baking sheet
Dip onions into flour mixture with one hand, shaking excess, then place the onion in the breading. Using a fork, sprinkle breadcrumbs onto onion until fully cover. Place onion ring on baking sheet. Repeat process with the rest of the onion rings.

Bake for 8 minutes on one side, flip, and bake for an additional 6 minutes on the other side, or until they are golden brown and crisp.


While the onion rings are baking, heat your grill to medium and brush your portabellas with balsamic vinegar. Oil your grill and cook them for 3-5 minutes per side or until they are slightly softened and browned. You can also toast your buns by putting them on the grill for about 30 seconds, if you want.

Once your onion strings and portabellas are done, assemble your burger – Add 1 Tablespoon of Russian dressing, portabella,lettuce, and tomato and serve with crispy onion rings.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05640887063339305700 Elisabeth

    The burger looks great! I love portobello mushroom burgers, they have a very satisfying texture and flavor.
    Eggs? Yuck! No wonder why your tummy rejected that. If I ate eggs now after 4 years not eating them I would probably get sick, too :-) Have your tried to drink ginger tea or eat ginger candy for the nausea?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15219446419339557321 LittleHouseofVeggies

    Portabello burgers are my absolute favorite thing ever! And this could not GET any more delicious looking!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08873080530639686787 HiHoRosie

    I saw this on CGS and looked so good and yours looks just as good! Gotta make this. Glad you found something that agreed with you. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12263599459026161950 Veronica Gantley

    What a great lent recipe. I like that you baked the onion rings. My tummy can no longer handle greasy fried foods.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16128794234940676903 Rochelle

    Glad to hear this dish worked with your tummy rather than against it! It must be so difficult to deal with that, and feel like such a blessing when something comes out both tasty and doesn’t make you queasy :)

    Love the baked onion rings and portobello mushrooms make an awesome burger 😀

  • http://www.dairyfreebetty.com/ Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    YUM!!!!!!!!!!! This whole meal sounds delish!!

    Hope you start to feel better soon!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10953934856050968428 Vegiegail

    OOh, YUM! I’m making this for dinner tonight! Brushing the portabellas with balsamic sounds perfect! I love the idea of adding wasabi to the Russian Dressing recipe. And I make Isa’s Oven-Baked Onion Rings with So Delicious Coconut Milk, too! Aren’t they incredible?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14013804866186597496 Rhonda

    If that bun is gluten free I need to know who made it. The meal sounds scrumptious, but I’ve yet to find a gluten free hamburger bun that I can eat. Most are so heavy that I can barely get through half before I’m stuffed!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle

    @Elisabeth-No Elisabeth, I have been eating eggs for a while. Evidently my protein and iron levels are low so my naturopath has me eating them. Not to say I enjoy them every day. I failed to mention that I am tired of ginger at this point. :(

    @Little House of Veggies-Hi Morgan! It was delish, thanks!

    @HiHoRosie-Yes, I am too!

    @Veronica Gantley-I agree with you. Ever since I had my gallbladder removed, greasy foods hit so heavy, thisis a perfect sub!

    @Rochelle-It was a perfect balanced meal I’d say! :)Thanks!

    @Dairy Free Betty-Thanks girl!

    @Vegiegail-Yes, this onion ring recipe is staying for a long time! So yummy!

    @Rhonda-no, the buns are made locally. I agree with you, GF buns are so heavy might as well eat the burger bunless. :(


  • http://www.spicytasty.com/veggie-entrees-sides/pulinkari-spicy-tamarind-sauce-with-veggies/ Nithu

    Oh! Onion rings and a nice burger is perfect for my hunger.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01927088446382658853 Tasha – The Clean Eating Mama

    This looks freakin amazing!!!! Congratulations on the growing babe! =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10526209428409988896 Conor @ Hold the Beef

    Thank goodness your tummy liked this, because it looks truly delightful! You poor thing, I hope you find some regular relief from it soon.

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/ Monet

    I have been thinking and praying for you. I hope that the sickness goes away soon. I’m glad that you were able to eat this…bless your sweet heart! Thank you for infusing your posts with your kind spirit, your thoughtful words, and your beautiful photographs. Even in the midst of sadness, I find such solace visiting the blogs that I’ve grown to love this past year. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, my friend. A big hug from Austin!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01681732058311386672 Beth

    What a delicious meal! It looks fantastic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07398846510990660291 Jess – The Domestic Vegan

    These pictures are seriously making my mouth water. Those onion rings are awesome, and I loveloveLOVE portobello burgers!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14502661336533003529 Jennifer

    Ohmygosh this looks and sounds fantastic! bookmarked!!! <3 it all sounds PERFECT! <3 glad your tummy was soothed!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • http://gingerbreadcake.wordpress.com/ Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

    My mama would absolutly love these, she adores mushrooms! I would gladly eat all of those onion rings for you. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00265482581165683185 Frieda Loves Bread

    Egg rolls are on my to-do list! Congrats on being pregnant! Love your blog!