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Brussels Sprouts Sliders

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017



  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 large sweet or yellow onions, sliced thin
  • Salt to taste
  • 20 large brussels sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • a dash of liquid smoke (if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces tempeh, cut into thin slices
  • 5 teaspoons grainy mustard


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, heat for a minute, then add the onions and a sprinkling of salt. Stir frequently, making sure to stir from the bottom of the pan up, to dislodge any sticking onions. They will begin to yellow and shrink in volume, as they darken from yellow to more of a caramel color, lower the heat. Keep cooking until they are at the desired state. This usually takes between 25 and 35 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Cut the brussels sprouts in half from top to bottom, keeping the two halves close together. If you don’t , you will have to search for a pair that fits well together after they have roasted. Mix together two tablespoons olive oil, tamari, pressed garlic, cumin, cayenne and liquid smoke in a bowl to make the marinade. Taking one complete brussels sprouts pair at a time, dip both halves in the marinade. Remove and let sit cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, then turn the sprouts and bake 7 more minutes.
  4. Prepare a second parchment lined baking sheet. Pour the marinade into a baking pan and let the tempeh sit in it for 20 minutes, then turn all the pieces and let them marinade another 10 minutes. Remove the tempeh and set them up without touching on the baking sheet. If there is any reserved marinade, brush over the remaining pieces.
  5. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes, gently turn, and bake for 5 minutes more. Cool onions, brussels sprouts and tempeh for assembly.
  6. Take one half of a brussels sprout, smear with mustard, add a piece of tempeh cut to fit the size of the sprout, add some onions (I used a melon baller for this). Take the other half of the brussels sprout and position it so the two spouts are like the buns on a burger, with the cut sides facing each other, and secure with a toothpick.
  7. Warm on a baking pan in a 325 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Courtesy of The New York Times


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Portobello mushrooms 101

Chatelaine | posted Saturday, Jun 20th, 2015


Large portobello mushrooms are almost always on my weekly grocery list. A perfect stand-in for meat, they are really mature cremini mushrooms which can have caps from four to six inches wide. Their deep umami flavour (the fifth basic taste after salty, sweet, bitter and sour) is so robust that they don’t need as much salt. It’s a substantial vegetable – perfect for use in vegetarian dishes.

Select portobellos with firm, unblemished caps, then turn them over to check the gills (the dark brown feathery structure underneath). If they are dry, it means they’re fresh. If moist (or slimy) they’ve begun to spoil. Take them home and keep them in a paper bag before refrigerating. The bag will keep them dry up to 5 days.

Before cooking, cut off and discard the stem, which can be woody. Use a spoon to scrape off those gills because they can discolour other ingredients. Wipe the cap with a damp paper towel or just brush off any dirt. Cut in half, then thinly slice for stir–fries or keep whole if roasting or grilling.

A single portobello mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana, plus other nutrients such as vitamin C & D, iron and selenium. They are also low in fat, calories and carbs. They’re great stuffed or in fajitas and salads.

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Grilled portobello mushroom burgers

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jun 25th, 2014


Grilled portobello mushroom burgers


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grainy Dijon
  • Salt
  • 4 large Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
  • Sliced red onion
  • 2 handfuls baby arugula
  • 4-8 tablespoons Boursin cheese
  • 4 buns


  1. Heat BBQ to medium heat.
  2. Whisk oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Brush on both sides of mushrooms. Toss arugula in leftover vinaigrette, set aside.
  3. Grill mushrooms, stem side up, until liquid starts to bubble in the centre, about 4 minutes. Flip mushrooms and grill for 1 minute. Remove and set aside.
  4. Grill buns until toasty.
  5. On the bottom bun, place dressed arugula, sliced red onion and grilled mushroom (stem side up) and 1 to 2 tablespoons of Boursin. Cover with top bun and enjoy!

Courtesy Kary Osmond, www.karyosmond.com

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The Perfect Sandwich Duo: Roasted chicken & Grilled portobello mushroom

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Oct 17th, 2013


Roast chicken with pear & brie sandwich

Serves 1

Prep Time: 10 min; Total Time: 10 min


  • 2 slices Dempster’s Healthy Way Double My Fibre!
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) prepared caramelized onion jam
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) mixed salad greens
  • 3 thin slices bartlett pear
  • 2 thin slices of brie cheese
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and sliced


  1. Spread one slice of bread with caramelized onion jam and Dijon mustard.
  2. Top with mixed greens, pear, Brie cheese, chicken and remaining bread slice to form sandwich.

Grilled portobello mushroom with pesto aioli sandwich

Serves 1

Prep Time: 5 min; Cook Time: 10 min; Total Time: 15 min


  • 2 slices Dempster’s Healthy Way Say No to Fat & Sugar!
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) prepared pesto
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) reduced fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp (1.25 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium Portobello mushroom, cut into thick slices
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) Shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Packed alfalfa sprouts


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Mix together pesto, mayonnaise and mustard, set aside.
  3. Toss mushroom slices with oil. Place on grill and cook for 5 minutes per.
  4. Spread pesto aioli over one slice of bread.
  5. Top with cabbage, mushroom, alfalfa sprouts, and remaining bread slice to form sandwich.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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