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Grilled Portobello Loaf with Basil Hummus

Grilled Portobello Loaf recipe

Toasted bread envelops mushrooms and protein-packed hummus in this unique vegetarian sandwich.

Recipe Ingredients


4 large Portobello mushroom caps, wiped clean

    with damp cloth


3 tablespoons canola oil 45 mL

3 tablespoons cider vinegar 45 mL

3 medium garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 60 mL

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 10 mL

1/4 teaspoon dried pepper flakes 1 mL


1/2 can (15 oz/426 mL) no-salt-added navy beans,

    rinsed and drained

1 ounce (1/4 cup/60 mL) chopped pine nuts, toasted 30 g

1 tablespoon water 15 mL

12 ounces whole grain or multigrain Italian loaf bread,

    halved lengthwise 350 g

canola oil cooking spray

2 medium tomatoes (8 oz/250 g total), thinly sliced

3 cups baby spinach 750 mL

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions 125 mL


  1. Place mushrooms on dinner plate.
  2. In blender, combine canola oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, mustard and pepper flakes. Secure with lid and pureé until smooth.
  3. Brush both sides of mushrooms with 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of pureéd mixture. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add beans, pine nuts and water in blender to remaining pureéd mixture in blender. Secure with lid and purée until smooth and set aside.
  5. Hollow out top and bottom halves of bread, leaving 1/2-inch-thick shell; reserve torn bread (4 oz/125 g) for another use.
  6. Coat grill pan or grill rack with cooking spray, place over medium high heat until hot. Cook mushrooms for 5 minutes on each side or until tender.
  7. Place mushrooms on separate plate.
  8. Coat both sides of bread halves with cooking spray and cook 1 minute on each side or until beginning to lightly brown. (Be careful not to burn bread halves).
  9. Place bread on cutting board.
  10. On bottom half of loaf, arrange mushrooms, overlapping slightly.
  11. Top with tomatoes, baby spinach and onions.
  12. Spread puréed mixture evenly on cut side of remaining top half and place on top of all.
  13. Cut crosswise into 4 equal pieces.

Yield: 4 servings (1 loaf)

Serving size: 1/4 slice of loaf

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: Calories 490 Total Fat 19 g Saturated Fat 2 g Cholesterol 0 mg Carbohydrates 64 g Fiber 9 g Protein 15 g Sodium 600 mg

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