(NC) There’s no better way to spend time with friends and family than entertaining with a delicious patio barbecue. A new trend popular with foodies is blending finely-chopped, umami-rich mushrooms with a portion of ground meat in classic family meals.

Including fresh mushrooms is a great way to add tasty nutrients to any meal. One hundred grams of fresh mushrooms counts as a full serving of vegetables. Plus, mushrooms are low in calories, carbs and fat and provide vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants. They’re also the only vegetable with vitamin D and have no cholesterol or sodium.

By blending ground meat and mushrooms together, you help to bring another serving of vegetables to the plate, add volume to meals, and extend portions. You’ll also lower calories, saturated fat and cholesterol content.

Try blending mushrooms into your grilling favourites this summer, like a juicy blended burger, perfect for picky eaters and those looking to cut calories for swimsuit season. For vegetarians, grilled portabella mushrooms are a filling and flavourful substitute for the meat portion of the burger.

Find more mushroom-meat blend ideas online at mushrooms.ca.