Sunday, March 27, 2016

Quick & Easy Tomato & Red Pepper Bruschetta Topping #HealthySnack for #Nutrition

At the end of summer when tomato harvests are overflowing, or whenever your local grocery store puts trays of over ripe tomatoes on clearance - make this vitamin C rich, low calorie family favourite.

If you've ever had a few tomatoes that you forgot about sitting in your vegetable crisper - this recipe is for you!  Don't let them go to waste, create a yummy and healthy snack!  

If you are going to go buy the ingredients for your homemade Bruschetta topping - Please consider buying Ugly Produce.  It's simple really - don't discriminate & don't waste. Farmers have put time, energy and resources into growing vegetables for us. #UglyProduce is just as nutritious & delicious.  Best of all, no one will no what the original fruit or vegetable looked like once you've worked your home cookery magic!

It's so easy to make - as long as you can stand waiting for it to develop it's beautiful flavours. (If you can't, you're not alone, we've dug into it many times as soon as we finished chopping.  Our favourite recipe is the one below, I've developed it over years of trial and error.  We really like the red pepper in it, but have made it with green, even jalapenos, I've made bruschetta - pesto fusions when the basil in the garden when wild one year, and we've eaten it as an appetizer, and as a side dish.  If you haven't made this before, try out my recipe, tweak it and make it your own ... and please, let me know how it turned out.  Are you a Bruschetta aficionado? Do you opt for tradition, or do you mix it up?  I'd love to hear your food stories.

You can serve it over whole grain toast, rolls, garlic bread (truly this is the 'Bruschetta' part of the appetizer, not the tomato topping).  

Here's what Wikipedia says about Bruschetta:  
Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [bru╦łsketta]) is an antipasto (starter dish) from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Variations may include toppings of tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese, a popular dish is Bruschetta pomodoro; the most popular recipe outside Italy involves basil, fresh tomatogarlic and onion ormozzarella. Bruschetta is usually served as a snack or appetizer. In some countries, a topping of chopped tomato, olive oil and herbs is marketed under the bruschetta name.

You could dip into a bowl of it, or spoon it onto tortilla chips (the scooping doesn't work too well). Or toss it with some freshly cooked al dente pasta and serve either hot with some Parmesan or cold as a salad, either way it compliments pasta perfectly.


(per serving)
*Makes approximately 6 servings*
3 Cloves




1 1/2 tsp Basil, Dried


Lemon juice from 1 fresh lemon


1/4 cup Olive Oil


- Very Easy to make, but a bit messy.
- Start by chopping the onion and garlic very finely, then the red pepper - also quite fine.
- Put these ingredients into a plastic or glass bowl (avoid using metal bowls because these acidic foods might cause a chemical reaction)
- Now to chop all of those tomatoes, 1/4 inch cubes is the goal, but don't worry about perfection - no one will be focusing on that, they'll be too busy enjoying the taste!
- Toss all of your chopped tomatoes into the bowl. Add spices (If the season is right for fresh herbs, by all means use those instead - double the amounts, at least)
- Drizzle with olive oil & the juice of 1 lemon. Stir it all up - I know, it's smelling delicious already.
- Now add some or all of the white vinegar, if you prefer use balsamic or apple cider. How much you add will depend on how much juice came out of those tomatoes. You want to have about a total of 1 cup of liquid for this amount of tomatoes.
- Now, the hard part .... cover your bowl with plastic wrap, put it in the fridge, and leave it until tomorrow.
- If you make it early in the morning, it would be good to go for dinner, but you definitely want it sitting for at least 5-6 hours. This will allow the lemon juice, tomato juice, vinegar and salt to work their magick. They will pull out rich flavours from all of the ingredients, making this your new family favourite!
- Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Serving 270 g
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 128
Calories from Fat 77
Total Fat 8.6g13%
Saturated Fat 1.3g7%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 127mg5%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 10.9g4%
Dietary Fiber 2.6g10%
Sugars 6.4g
Protein 2.0g
Vitamin A 43% · Vitamin C 115%
Calcium 5% · Iron 8%

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