Bruschetta with Garlic and Tomatoes

Bruschetta with Garlic and Tomatoes
(Makes about 20-24 pieces)

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Cheers to a New Year. I celebrated a blogiversary recently and I plan to blog about it while highlighting some healthy recipes from 2015.
Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers. The typical recipe and preparation of bruschetta is so simple in itself, I kick the ease factor up by using canned diced tomatoes (I use Hunt’s), and yeah I know cheating a little maybe? This recipe is delicious; the fresh basil along with the garlic in this recipe always gets me. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 (14.5oz can) Petite Diced Tomatoes
1 (14.5oz can) Fire Roasted Tomatoes
3 Tbsp Minced Garlic (I know it seems like a lot… I love garlic!)
1 bunch fresh Basil, chiffonade
Salt/Pepper to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Fresh Baguette

Directions:
-Preheat oven 350 degrees to toast bread. Slice baguette and place on baking sheet.
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Drizzle with olive oil (picture below). Bake for 10-15 minutes until bread is toasted.
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-While bread is toasting. Drain tomatoes very well. Toss tomatoes and garlic in a bowl to combine, add salt/pepper to taste.
-To chiffonade basil: Remove basil leaves and rinse. Stack leaves about 10 then roll together tightly. With a sharp knife slice into ribbons.
-To Serve: Place tomatoes on toasted bread then top with basil pieces.

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Notes:
-If I’m traveling on making ahead, I prepare the tomatoes and refrigerate ahead of time. Then toast the bread and chiffonade the basil last before serving up.
-I also try and use up as much of the basil as possible, so the tiny piece that you cannot roll up to chiffonade just chop with a very sharp knife.

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We toasted to the New Year with Absinthe prepared traditionally with water and sugar cubes. I look forward to 2016 which is sure to be busier than last year as I continue with our family life and routine, work, college, cooking and blogging. Aside from the aforementioned “the usual”  our plan to publish a book this year (my husband’s book), so many things to toast to…Cheers!
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Bruschetta with Garlic & Tomatoes

  • Servings: About 20-24 pieces
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
1 (14.5oz can) Petite Diced Tomatoes
1 (14.5oz can) Fire Roasted Tomatoes
3 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 bunch fresh Basil, chiffonade
Salt/Pepper to taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Fresh Baguette

Directions:
-Preheat oven 350 degrees to toast bread. Slice baguette and place on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes until bread is toasted.
-While bread is toasting. Drain tomatoes very well. Toss tomatoes and garlic in a bowl to combine, add salt/pepper to taste.
-To chiffonade basil: Remove basil leaves and rinse. Stack leaves about 10 then roll together tightly. With a sharp knife slice into ribbons.
-To Serve: Place tomatoes on toasted bread then top with basil pieces.

Notes:

-If I’m traveling on making ahead, I prepare the tomatoes and refrigerate ahead of time. Then toast the bread and chiffonade the basil last before serving up.
-I also try and use up as much of the basil as possible, so the tiny piece that you cannot roll up to chiffonade just chop with a very sharp knife.

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Wilted Iceberg Lettuce and Peas

Wilted Iceberg Lettuce and Peas braised in Olive Oil
(Serves 8) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
Wilted Iceberg & Peas

Yesterday was Taco night…who says Vegans can’t enjoy a good taco night. Anywho, I had left over lettuce since I only used ½ head for the tacos (I stopped buying the bagged lettuce long ago). Certain produce, like iceberg, I don’t like letting it linger around in the fridge too long. This recipe is quick and easy, ready in about 15 minutes or make a Iceberg Wedge salad with leftover lettuce. This is a very simple recipe and makes a great side or main dish and is even perfect for lunch. I served this up with Quinoa (more on Quinoa) on the side. For a Round 2 leftover recipe, I tossed the remaining braised Iceberg and Peas with the leftover quinoa, pictured below!
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Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Peas, thawed (or sub fresh peas)
½ Head Iceberg Lettuce, shredded, washed/dried
1 ½ Tsp Salt, divided
1 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper, divided
½ Tsp Tarragon
½ Tsp Dill

Directions:
-Remove outer leaves and core of Iceberg Lettuce, chop (shred up) with a knife. Rinse under cool water and dry (I use my salad spinner).
-Heat Olive Oil in sauté pan over medium heat and add onions. Sauté for about 3-5 minutes until onions are translucent.
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-Add: Peas, Tarragon, Dill, ½ Tsp Salt/Pepper and continue to warm through for another 3 minutes.
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-Add lettuce and continue to warm through until slightly wilted. Add remaining salt/pepper and serve. Enjoy!
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Note: You can finish with or add 1 Tbsp of Earth Balance during cooking if you wish also to add another layer of flavor. I was out so this time I used only Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Wilted Iceberg Lettuce and Peas braised in Olive Oil

  • Servings: 8 ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: VeganRescue.com

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
1 (16oz Pkg) Frozen Peas, thawed (or sub fresh peas)
½ Head Iceberg Lettuce, shredded, washed/dried
1 ½ Tsp Salt, divided
1 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper, divided
½ Tsp Tarragon
½ Tsp Dill

Directions:
-Remove outer leaves and core of Iceberg Lettuce, chop (shred up) with a knife. Rinse under cool water and dry (I use my salad spinner).
-Heat Olive Oil in sauté pan over medium heat and add onions. Sauté for about 3-5 minutes until onions are translucent.
-Add: Peas, Tarragon, Dill, ½ Tsp Salt/Pepper and continue to warm through for another 3 minutes.
-Add lettuce and continue to warm through until slightly wilted. Add remaining salt/pepper and serve. Enjoy!