University Eating

It’s getting to be that time of year again, where students are packing up their lives at their parents places and moving out into the world. These University and College bound teens are filled with the excitement of new housing, new studies and new friends, but often there is a lack of excitement surrounding their new responsibilities.

The former “mom-jobs” are now theirs to embrace and hopefully conquer. The cleaning, the laundry and of course the cooking isn’t always second nature and may not be the easiest for all students to tackle, but we have some solutions. No one wants to live on KD forever.
Single-Skillet Spaghetti

1lb. (500g) ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken
2 cups (500mL) sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 can (28oz/796mL) diced tomatoes
1 cup (250mL) water
1 ½ cups (375mL) spaghetti pasta noodles (broken into pieces)
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
Optional: Your choice of cheese
In a large skillet, combine the ground meat, mushrooms, onions and green pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until the meat is browned and the veggies are soft (approx. 10 minutes).
Add tomatoes, water, spaghetti noodle pieces, , oregano and salt. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low.
Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is tender, stir occasionally. Remove from heat, add optional cheese and serve.
Serves 4
Some of my other easy favourites:
Encourage your scholar to share recipes and cooking duties with roommates! This will help cut costs and will introduce new recipes and ethnic dishes. Happy eating and good luck to all the new students!

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!

It’s Summer! What are you Bringing to the Party?

It’s officially the first day of summer! Boy oh boy has it felt like summer this week too with temperatures reaching 34C and feeling even hotter! I also know its summer because wedding season has hit and the back yard parties are in full swing.

I’m attending my cousins wedding this weekend and had to turn down a backyard barbeque and a pool party invitation! Everyone is excited to dive into summer entertaining. I’ll be hosting a few relatives in between the ceremony and reception this weekend so I hit the recipe collection for great appetizer and finger food ideas that will hold everyone over in the afternoon.
Crunchy Peanut and Mushroom Spring Rolls are always a party favourite and look beautiful on the table! An app that’s easy to prepare ahead of time is the Chicken and Mushroom Strudel with Cucumber Sauce, which has a light summery appeal. If there are children in the group or if you have “big kids” like my family does, these Crunchy Portabella Fingers will fly off the plate!
Here are some of my other favourites:
Whatever the occasion is this summer, Mushrooms Canada has the recipe for you! Don’t forget to include raw mushrooms in your veggie trays this summer! Fresh mushrooms have high water content, are low in fat and contain some fibre, so they help you feel full without the extra calories. A great tip for those of us concerned about how we look in our party dresses 😉
What do you have planned this weekend and what dish are you bringing?


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?


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!