Heather

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I'm Heather, a Registered Dietitian from Vancouver, Canada. Welcome to my blog. I'm so excited to share my favourite recipes and chat about nutrition with you! 

Garden Bruschetta

Garden Bruschetta

 
 

Serves 6 (As an appie)

Bruschetta - simple, fresh & amazingly flavourful. It's also one of the healthier "dips" or appetizers out there (depending on what you serve it with). I make my bruschetta pretty traditionally with fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic, but I use cherry tomatoes - they make it extra sweet and flavourful. I'm serving my bruschetta with a quinoa baguette from Lemonade Bakery - in my opinion easily the best gluten-free bakery in Vancouver! If you're Celiac and you haven't checked it out yet, add it to your list. 

As you can tell if you've been following my posts it's tomato season. The end of summer is the perfect time to get fresh local tomatoes for all of these dishes. Check out all the fresh tomatoes we picked from my parents garden for our bruschetta! 

Lets get to it!

Tools:

  • Knife and cutting board
  • Garlic press
  • Bowl (for mixing/serving)
It never hurts to have a glass of wine in the sunshine while you're prepping away :)

It never hurts to have a glass of wine in the sunshine while you're prepping away :)

Ingredients: 

  • 2 pints of fresh cherry tomatoes
  • Very generous handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional, but highly recommended: Top with freshly shaved parmesan or balsamic reduction - yummm

Instructions:

  1. Slice the tomatoes in half (or in quarters - depending on how chunky you want your bruschetta). I actually love using my manual food processor for this - it saves a lot of work!
  2. Chiffonade the basil leaves. If you're not sure how to do this check out this video
  3. Press garlic cloves into the bowl with tomatoes and basil. 
  4. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss and serve!

For the Baguette: 

  1. Cut into thin slices and put under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, until warm and slightly toasted. 

Serve right away with the optional toppings of parmesan and balsamic reduction 


Nutrition: 

Nutrition info is just for the bruschetta part, based on 6 servings. The baguette part will vary depending on the kind you use!

Bruschetta Nutrition

Nutrition Highlights: 

  • Bruschetta and salsa are two of my favourite "dips" and appies, because you're getting some veggies, fiber and nutrients along with a ton of flavour! So many dips are just loaded with salt and fat and offer next to nothing nutritionally (other than calories, which can add up quickly). 
  • If you're looking to go healthier and less decadent, try having bruschetta on Mary's crackers.
  • Make your bruschetta into a meal by tossing it with shrimp, using it as a topping for fish, or pouring it over poached eggs on high fiber toast with a  bit of avocado. All topped with balsamic oil and parmesan are really yummy!
Homemade "Sun-dried" Tomatoes

Homemade "Sun-dried" Tomatoes

Fresh Lemonade with Mint (Vodka optional!)

Fresh Lemonade with Mint (Vodka optional!)