Spaghetti Squash with Meatless Mushroom Meatballs

This vegetarian meal is low in calories, fat, and sodium and is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! Meatless is the new delicious!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Brittany from My Daily Randomness.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins.

Ingredients

1 medium sized spaghetti squash
1 shockingly large portabella mushroom (or 5-6 medium crimini)
1 egg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp herbs de provence
1 tbsp feta cheese
sprinkle of pepper
1/2 cup spaghetti sauce (your choice)

Method

1. Cut spaghetti squash in half (without cutting your finger tips off). Place cut side down on a baking tray, and bake in the oven on 425C for approx 20 minutes, or until softened enough to scrape out easily.
2. Meanwhile, finely chop mushroom in a food processor. Combine chopped mushrooms with egg, breadcrumbs, herbs, cheese and pepper. If mixture feels too dry, keep mixing it with your hands as the moisture will be released from the mushrooms.
3. Form mixture into palm-sized balls. Place on a greased baking dish, and bake in 425C oven for approx. 10 minutes or until outside is slightly crispy.
4. Scrape spaghetti squash into bowl. Top with desired amount of spaghetti sauce & mushroom balls. Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese if desired.

Roasted Mushroom Tart with Bechamel and Fried Sage

I can’t imagine a vegetarian who wouldn’t welcome this roasted mushroom tart with béchamel and fried sage on their holiday table. While it makes an impressive vegetarian main course to complement the array of Thanksgiving sides, it’s also perfect as an appetizer for any mushroom lover.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Kathy from eatHalifax.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 55 mins. | Serves: 4-6 (as a main)

Ingredients

2 ½ lbs. mixed mushrooms*
1 head of garlic, cloves removed and peeled
½ small lemon, sliced in rounds
3 tbsp olive oil
5 sprigs each fresh thyme and rosemary
salt and pepper, to taste
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
béchamel:
6 tbsp butter
6 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
¼ tsp nutmeg + more to taste
½ cup grated Parmigianino Reggiano
fried sage:
¼ cup oil
bunch of fresh sage, stems removed
salt
*whole cremini, whole button, halved King oyster, whole enoki

Method

1. Preheat oven to 425. Toss together the mushrooms (except the enoki), garlic, lemon, olive oil, herbs, and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast until golden brown but still tender, about 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through. If using enoki mushrooms, add in the last 5 min. Remove the herb stalks and lemon slices.
2. Meanwhile make the béchamel: melt the butter in a medium saucepan until hot and bubbling. Add the flour. Cook for 1 min, whisking often. Whisk in the milk gradually. Bring to a boil. Cook, whisking frequently, until thick and smooth, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the nutmeg and cheese. Season to taste with salt, pepper and more nutmeg if desired.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into a larger square. Fold over the edges ½“ to create a border. Prick the center lightly with a fork. Bake 10 minutes. Pour the béchamel into the crust. If it all doesn’t fit without pouring over the edge, save it and serve with the tart. Bake an additional 10 minutes until set. Arrange the mushrooms and roasted garlic on top. Bake 5 min more or until the pastry is golden brown.
4. For the fried sage, heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add 1/3 of the sage leaves and cook until crisp, only 2-3 seconds. Transfer to paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining leaves. Crumble over the tart to serve.

Pizza “Fun-Due”

For a fun twist on supper or as an appetizer for a family birthday or celebration, this pizza-flavoured fondue is sure to be a hit. Let the fun begin.

Recipe and photo are courtesy of Foodland Ontario.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 13 mins. | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil
1 small Ontario Onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each dried basil and oregano
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) crushed tomatoes
2 cups (500 mL) shredded part-skim Ontario Mozzarella Cheese
Dippers:
4 cups (1 L) assorted Ontario Vegetables (mushrooms, greenhouse sweet peppers)
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) cooked meatballs or bite-size pieces of Ontario Chicken, Ham or Beef
12 multigrain breadsticks

Method

1. In deep saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion and garlic, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in basil and oregano; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes; increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, for 7 minutes or until slightly thickened.
2. Reduce heat to low. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the cheese at a time to saucepan, stirring constantly and adding next handful when cheese is melted.
Dippers: Place saucepan on heat-proof trivet on table or, if desired, transfer to fondue pot over flame to keep warm. Serve with vegetables, meatballs and breadsticks for dipping, using fondue forks if desired.

Tip

Cooked wedges of Ontario Sweet Potato or Potatoes make for tasty dippers.  Kids can grate the cheese on a box grater and wash the vegetables.

Nutritional Information

Per serving:
Protein: 10 grams
Fat: 10 grams
Carbohydrate: 12 grams
Calories: 172
Fibre: 2 grams
Sodium: 320 mg
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Pepperoni Mushroom Pizza Wonton Cups

It’s a simple recipe that even the kids can help you make, and they make a great appetizer for a party or game day, or you can enjoy them for lunch with a side salad or veggies.It’s a simple recipe that even the kids can help you make, and they make a great appetizer for a party or game day, or you can enjoy them for lunch with a side salad or veggies.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Chrissie from The Busy Baker.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 12 mins.

Ingredients

24 wonton wrappers
Canola oil cooking spray
1 cup dry mini pepperoni slices
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
8-10 white button mushrooms, chopped, plus 2-3 more for slicing
1 small jar of your favourite pizza sauce
chopped cilantro or fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

 

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with some canola oil cooking spray and line each muffin cup with 2 wonton wrappers, offsetting them to create a “flower petal” effect.
3. Layer some of the shredded cheese, the pepperoni slices, and the chopped mushrooms into each of the cups and spoon a tablespoon or so of the pizza sauce overtop.
4. Add another small sprinkling of cheese and a few more pepperoni slices on top of the sauce, and add one mushroom slice on the very top.
5. Bake the wonton cups for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese bubbles and the mushrooms brown, and serve immediately.

 

Mushroom Scallion Dumplings

Whether you’re celebrating the Chinese New Year or simply have a similar love affair with all things dim sum, making dumplings, or rather jiaozi, at home couldn’t be easier. Both the savory filling and soy-vinegar dipping sauce come together in minutes. 

Recipe and photo courtesy of eatHalifax.

Prep Time: 30 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins.

Ingredients

2 tbsp. oil
1 lb. (16 oz.) shiitake mushrooms, finely diced
1 tbsp. finely grated ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch scallions, finely diced
2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro (including stems)
4 tsp. soy sauce
4 tsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. hoisin
salt and pepper, to taste
40 dumpling wrappers
Dipping sauce:
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. sugar
1 scallion, finely diced

Method

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook mushrooms until liquid releases, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and scallions. Cook for another minute. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Stir in cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil, and hoisin. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow to cool.
2. To assemble the dumplings, get a small bowl of water. Starting with one wrapper, place a spoonful of filling in the center. Dip your finger in water and moisten the entire edge of the wrapper. Fold over, pressing to seal the center. Starting at one edge, make 4 pleats in the wrapper. Repeat on the other edge. For a visual of the process, head to Serious Eats. Repeat with remaining wrappers.
3. For steamed dumplings, set a bamboo steamer over a pot of boiling water.  Add dumplings, being careful not to crowd the steamer. Steam for 10-12 minutes.
4. For pan fried dumplings, heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the dumplings, being careful not to crowd the pan. Fry until the bottoms are crisp, about 4 minutes. Add ¼ cup water, cover and let steam about 3 minutes. When most of the water is evaporated, uncover and continue cooking until the bottoms are crisp again.
5. For the dipping sauce, whisk together the ingredients, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Serve alongside the dumplings.