Exploring Fresh Mushrooms with CTV’s Pauline Chan

Did you happen to catch the news tonight? If you did then you would have learned a thing or two about fresh Canadian Mushrooms!

Our home economist and nutritionist Clare Jones had the opportunity to host a little get together with CTV’s Health Reporter Pauline Chan, to explore all the different varieties, and to cook up some big, juicy portabellas for her Grilled Mushroom Tomato and Avocado Feta Salad.

You can watch the full interview on CTV’s website here.

Grilled Mushrooms with Tomato, Avocado, and Feta Salad
Preparation Time: 10 mins. Cooking Time: 8 mins.

Portabellas take a trip around the world with this interesting topping. Great as a luncheon dish or first course for a dinner party.

Ingredients
1 large ripe tomato, quartered and seeded
1 large ripe avocado peeled and pit removed
3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled (3oz/90g) 175 mL
1/4 cup olive oil 50 mL
2 tsp cider, white wine or rice vinegar 10 mL
1/4 tsp salt 2 mL
1/8 tsp pepper 1 mL
4 large fresh Portabella Mushroom caps

Method
Dice tomatoes and avocado into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces. Place in small bowl; stir in feta cheese. In small screw top jar or bowl combine 2 tbsp (25 mL) oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; shake or whisk well to combine. Pour dressing over the tomato mixture and toss gently to coat. Set aside. Brush mushrooms on both sides with remaining olive oil. Barbeque mushrooms over high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until tender and heated through. Place the mushrooms, stem-side up, on serving plates; top with tomato mixture.

Makes 4 servings

TIP: Instead of barbecuing mushrooms, roast on a baking sheet in 425º F (220º C) oven.

Variation: Spread 1 ½ tbsp (22 mL) prepared hummus on each mushroom cap before topping with tomato mixture.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 344, Sodium: 473 mg, Protein: 8.4 g, Fat: 31.3 g, Carbohydrates: 12.4 g, Dietary Fibre: 6.9 g

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