I have recently been on a meat-free eating spree (thank you, thank you, I know I'm good at rhyming!). I never thought that I would be able to function without meat. Honestly! I thought that I was addicted to meat! Quite literally. So when I decided to make the change (I don't want to tell you why I started this... not for the feint of heart), everyone - particularly my sweet husband - thought it wouldn't last one meal, let alone the three weeks that it has lasted already! Now I do have to disclose that I am not going vegetarian. I could NOT survive without fish in my life. I am definitely addicted to sushi, and my life just wouldn't be complete without seafood of some sort. I have also made the decision that if the situation comes up that there is meat around and nothing else, I won't not eat. And besides, I will NOT be able to turn down a pepperoni pizza when we get back to the states! It is already calling out my name. I just want to be a slight bit healthier, and this is the way that it is working for me.
One thing that has stood out to me since my meat-free adventure started, is how little vegetables and fruit I was eating before. Lunch and dinner usually consisted of some sort of sandwich, pasta or other dishes that really didn't have much, if any veggies inside it, but plenty of meat and carbs. I didn't like that, and since I have started this new eating plan, I have been eating mostly veggies, fruit for breakfast (and snacking on tiny apples throughout the day), and all-in-all, just feeling better about the way I am eating. It is also making me more adventurous in the kitchen, which is where the bruschetta comes in.
I had a craving for bruschetta the other day, so I thought about it, realized I had the ingredients on hand, and just went for it! This recipe is so easy! It doesn't even require that many ingredients either. Lets have a go at it.
Once all of the bread is fried up and cooled down, take a whole garlic clove, cut in half, and rub it over the pieces of bread, using the amount desired. Don't overdo it. It will be strong.
Then you are ready for assembly! Pretty easy huh!?
- 1/2 package of cherry or strawberry tomatoes, sliced to desired size
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
- 1-2 tsp dried basil (or handful or fresh basil, chopped)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus a lot extra for frying the bread
- salt and pepper, freshly ground, to taste
- 1/2 loaf crusty bread or baguette (desired amount of bread), sliced on the diagonal
- 1 large clove garlic, cut in half
- Add the diced tomatoes, bell pepper and mozzarella cheese to a bowl and combine.
- Add the oil, basil, salt and pepper to the fresh mixture and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Heat about 4 Tbsp oil in a skillet over medium heat, and carefully add some slices of bread to fry. Fry on each side until golden brown, a minute or less. Set aside to cool. Add more olive oil each time you add bread to skillet.
- Once the bread is cooled enough to touch, take the cut garlic and rub desired amount on one or both sides of the browned bread.
- Assemble and enjoy.
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