Ok, so when I made this recipe I was making it for one, but turned out that it made enough for two (or leftovers!) So if your making it for one person I would still stick to the amounts shown, but feel free to adjust it according to how many people you want to serve. So what you will need for your "Fake & Cheese" is:
- 1 Portabella mushroom, cleaned and stem removed, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced into half strips
- 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- Bread of your choosing
- Cheese of your choosing (provolone is delish!)
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Garlic Powder, to taste
- Tupperware container (or anything to marinate in)
So the first thing you want to do is to clean the mushroom. Remove the stem since the tend to be a little tough. Then use a damp paper towel to wipe off the mushroom, not running water, since it tends to make them rubbery and not delicious. Then just slice it into strips. I like bigger strips to make it "meaty-er".
Next, mince the garlic, and add both to the tupperware container. Add the balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. It sounds like a lot of garlic, but I promise it won't overpower. If your less of a garlic fan, you can omit one of them or even both. Cover the container, and give it a good shake to coat the mushroom. Then, I let it marinate for at least a couple hours, but whatever time you have will suit just fine.
When the veggies are tender, you can add the mushroom, and the marinade. The vinegar will start to evaporate ( as pictured below. Don't worry, that's not smoke!) I usually turn the heat down to medium-low just to allow a longer cooking, and evaporate most of the vinegar off. This takes probably another 5-8 minutes. Depends how cooked down you like your veggies.
Now the nutritional changes of the original steak and cheese and this recipe is pretty much the replacement of meat. The recipe pictured has around 190 calories per serving. While a regular steak and cheese can have from 300-600 calories, roughly. So in the meat alone 2 oz of steak has about 100 calories and 7 grams of fat. 2 oz of portabella mushroom has about 30 calories, and trace amount of fat. The amount of cheese you put on the sub will affect the calorie and fat content, so try using less, and find a happy medium where you don't feel deprived. Hope you enjoy!