Summertime Veggie Panini

Are you having a tough time with your weight this summer? It’s been hot scorching this summer and I’ve spent most of it in a bathing suit, which is great, until the BBQ fires up. I can’t help myself when I’m surrounded by delicious foods and I know I’m not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Canadians are either overweight or obese and feeling great can be difficult in summer swimwear.

Adding Fresh Mushrooms to your diet can really help make summer snacking and mealtimes far more comfortable to enjoy poolside. Mushrooms are 90% water so they help you feel full while you intake fewer calories. Feeling fuller, faster, will help prevent over-eating, with research showing that people who eat satisfying portions have greater weight loss success.

For last night’s dinner, I made a fantastic Veggie Panini using Fresh Crimini Mushrooms and I was full after my one sandwich! Not only did it fill me up, but just one of these Summertime Veggie Panini’s also filled my boyfriend, who can typically eat a lot.
Fresh Crimini Mushrooms, sliced
½ Avocado, sliced
2 slices of Cheese
4 Cucumber slices
Red Onion slices
1 small Tomato, sliced
2 slices of French bread
Butter the outside of your chosen variety of bread and add all ingredients to taste. Preheat panini press. Once press is heated, grill sandwich for approximately 1 minute or until golden. Slice and Serve. 

Father’s Day Favourites

This weekend is Father’s Day and by the looks of all the yellow on my weather app, it looks like one that is going to be spent on the patio! Hooray for sunshine!! My dad loves spending time on the deck with the grill going, so I rounded up some of my favourites that will even be easy enough for me to do, while dad relaxes for a change.

These mushroom dishes will make Dad’s Day a great and memorable day in the sun. Mushrooms truly are the Sunshine Vegetable!

How are you using Mushrooms in your Father’s Day cooking?


Varieties and Taste

If you are a Mushroom Lover like I am, chances are you eat as many mushrooms as you can! Growing up, my mom’s cooking was full of mushrooms and her favourite was always the Portabella. Mine was white button. White’s just seemed so easy- they were perfect on pizza and was always a favourite of mine on a veggie platter. Every person I know has that one go-to mushroom variety and until I began my time here at Mushrooms Canada, I wasn’t even fully aware of all of my choices! Here’s a brief breakdown of the 7 different varieties that our local Farmers grow in Canada.

White Button: The most popular mushroom variety in Canada. They are white in colour and have a woodsy flavour that becomes stronger with cooking.
Crimini: Similar to the White Button mushroom, but are brown in colour. Also has a more intense flavour than the White’s with a more meaty texture.
Portabella: Have a meaty texture as well, because these are full grown Crimini’s! They have the large brown caps and are packed full of flavour.
Oyster: These velvety mushrooms have a funnel shape and a mild flavour.
King Oyster: Very sweet with a woodsy flavour. They have a tan coloured cap and a thick, white stem.
Shiitake: Dark brown in colour with a flat cap. Woodsy flavour and a meaty texture and is great in Asian-inspired cooking.
Enoki: Long slender mushrooms with tiny caps. These are bright white and have a delicate flavour and a slight crunch, similar to a bean sprout. For that reason, Enoki are great in salads, wraps and stir-fries.
For a more detailed description of each variety, click here. Hopefully this will help you, as it did me, find your new favourite variety! Since I loved my White Button’s so much, I opted to try Crimini’s and am happy I did!
What’s Your Go-To Mushroom Variety?


Share the Good!

Yesterday was the 6th Annual Foodland Ontario Celebration of Local Food at Queen’s Park, Toronto. It truly was a farmer’s market of Ontario commodities and a celebration of the wonderful foods Ontario has to offer. It was such an excellent opportunity to Share the Good, especially with our Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ted McMeekin, who stopped by the Mushrooms Canada booth!

The day turned out to be absolutely wonderful, with very little (but welcome) rain! In the heat, our fresh Crimini Mushrooms with Spinach Dip were a hit along with the other samples of everything from ice cream, to hot dogs, to devilled eggs!
Enjoy your local foods because Good Things Grow in Ontario!


Long Weekend Recipes

Sunny?! Warm?! This is a Victoria Day weekend, is it not? Over the years, it has been rare that we see a May 2-4 weekend where we aren’t sitting around a campfire in long-johns and a winter coat, so LET’S CELEBRATE!
If you’re heading out, trailer-in-tow to a campground, packing up the cooler for an outdoor party, or getting the kids organized for an outdoor barbeque, Mushrooms Canada wants to help make the food part easy!
This is a great dinner dish if you’re heading to a campground. Simply alter the recipe to be cooked on a grill or over a fire by preparing each Baja Salmon Filet with Mushroom Salsa in a separate tin foil wrap.
If you’re on your way to a party, do up a large batch (it will go fast) of this Balsamic and Chili Glazed Mushrooms with Walnuts. It’s a dish that can be served hot or cold, so you can leave it out on the food table. The worst is trying to fuss with crock-pot or steamers when all you want to do is relax and enjoy yourself.

Porcupine Meatballs are an excellent snack for the kids and are easily prepared ahead of time. Just because your weekend plans involve the kids, doesn’t mean you spend your weekend cooking for them!
So sit back with a cold drink in hand this holiday weekend and soak up the sun, have some fun and indulge in the YUM!
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