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. 

Guest Post: Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms by Genuine Jenn

We’ve got a guest in our kitchen today… The very talented Jennifer of Genuine Jenn.

Hi! My name is Jennifer and I am a mom of two busy kids and one crazy hound puppy. I write two blogs and enjoy being online tweeting or blogging. Both of my children love to help out in the kitchen and I thought it would be fun to document our trials and errors in the kitchen on Genuine Jenn. My other blog is a review/family blog and is in the middle of a new redesign.
I have always loved mushrooms growing up but we usually only ate the white button mushrooms or gasp… canned mushrooms. My husband is a mushroom farmer and now we eat only fresh mushrooms and frequently. We love to include mushrooms with our meals from BBQ burgers to breakfasts like eggs, bacon and hash browns.
The recipe I am sharing today makes a great side dish to pork chops, chicken or even meatloaf. With summer here they can be cooked on the grill or in the oven. Enjoy!
Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

2 Tbsp. olive oil – (for grilling)
8 – 3-inch round Portabello or Café mushrooms, stems removed and hulled
Salt and pepper to taste
For the stuffing:
14 oz. tin artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped – (We prefer to rinse the artichokes as we find them salty but this is just our preference)
1/2 cup cream cheese, at room temperature – (garlic & herb is also good)
1/4 cup light sour cream
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 crushed or minced garlic cloves
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil or oregano
1 tsp hot sauce – such as Frank’s Red Hot or Tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup freshly Parmesan cheese

Combine stuffing ingredients, except Parmesan cheese, in a bowl. Divide and place stuffing on top of the mushrooms. Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese.

Bake 20 minutes at 350 or Grill on the BBQ until mushrooms are cooked through.


Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing this delicious summer-time recipe with us!

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Happy Birthday Canada!

Our nation is 144 years old today and Canadians everywhere are celebrating! If you’re celebrating with friends and family at outdoor barbecues, festivals, or at the lake, make sure you slather on that sunscreen because it’s going to be a warm one. Of course, you can always get your Vitamin D from the sunshine vegetable, mushrooms!

Mushrooms Canada has some great Canada Day recipes:
For a quick lunch before heading to the beach or Canada Day celebrations try this Marinated Mushroom Panini for a great meal-on-the-go.
Perfect for a backyard BBQ and the vegetarian in the group, this Grilled Mushroom with Tomato, Avocado and Feta Salad is a summertime treat!
You can never go wrong with weekend burgers and these Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms are no exception.
Happy Canada Day! Enjoy your long weekend and celebrate safely.
For more weekend recipes check out and find your new favourite!

Summer Salads for the Long Weekend

Another long weekend is here! Are you going to make the most of it? Canada Day weekend is always spectacular weather-wise. The end-of -June- first-of-July sunshine always makes this weekend one to be spent outdoors. I’ll be spending mine at outdoor barbecues on the lake.

Which of course, always brings me to the dilemma of what to bring – this weekend, I’m thinking salad! Looking through some of my favourite Mushrooms Canada recipes, I’ve narrowed it down to 3:
Help me decide which to bring by leaving a comment below.
Do you have a summer salad recipe that you can’t get enough of?


Weeknight Favourites

Summer is officially in full swing, despite this week’s slightly chilly weather. Everyone is heading off to the cottage or spending weekends at the beach, but me? I’m spending my time enjoying the quiet at home. At least this week I am! I’m a fan of HOT weather, so this week I’m catching up on my long list of movies I promised myself that I’d watch and I’m cooking up a bit of warmth with mushroom-y goodness. This week some of my favourites are:

Beef & Portabella Stew – This delicious dish takes only 20 minutes to prep and cooks while you’re watching your favourite flick. It’s also a good source of Iron and an excellent source of Zinc.

Lasagne with Slow Roasted Mushrooms and Goat’s Cheese by Kitchen Wench – Quite simply, it’s just delightful. It’s a lasagne with a creative twist and mouth-watering flavours.
Beef & Mushroom Spaghetti – Perfect for a night when you don’t have a ton of time. Spaghetti is a classic dish and this recipe just puts it over the top! Try this recipe with your favourite mushroom variety.
What meals are you most looking forward to this week?