Bruschetta

Bruschetta! I love it. I always make way too much it. We always eat ALL of it. What can I say, we love our carbs. ┬áThis recipe compliments the delicious Celery Soup I made! Try them together, it won’t disappoint. My only complaint…I probably shouldn’t have made it on a day where the humidity was 90%. Whoops. Sweating while eating is NEVER preferable.

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1 baguette; sliced evenly
1 large tomato; chopped into small cubes
3 tbl olive oil
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
5 basil leaves; chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients (except bread!) in a bowl and whisk together. Give it a taste and add seasoning as needed. I ended up adding a touch more garlic and salt and small drizzle of olive oil.
*This recipe is great because you really can’t mess it up! Too salty? Add more olive oil. Needs more flavor? Add more seasoning. Easy!IMG_1415IMG_1416IMG_1417
Place bread slices on a foil-lined baking sheet (for easy clean up!)

Top each slice with a spoonful of tomato mixture. Use as much or little as you want. We used a lot and got 12 slices out of it.

Drizzle the remaining olive oil in the bowl over each slice of bread. Top with a small sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
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Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, broil for another 1-2 minutes until cheese gets melty and bread is crispy. Enjoy & eat it all!IMG_1421

Cold Red Potatoes

Looking for an easy side dish? Well, I’m looking for an easy post today! ┬áMy mom used to make red potatoes for dinner, but I always asked for mine cold. I’m not really sure how that started, but it feels like a nice mix between a baked potato and potato salad to me. Give it a try! Simple. Easy. Delicious.

Cold Red Potatoes

3 large red potatoes
2 tbl olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
5 basil leaves, chopped (more or less is fine)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Fill a large pot with salted water. Add potatoes and bring to a boil. My potatoes were HUGE so it took me more than 25 minutes to cook them. Cook yours until fork tender.IMG_1364

Drain and allow to cool in refrigerator for at least 1 hours.

Cut potatoes into cubes. Incorporate olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and basil into potatoes. Return to refrigerator until ready to eat or enjoy as is!

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Sweet Potato Fries

French fries are absolutely, 100% my favorite food. Yep, could I have picked a worse one for you? I love every french fry, in any way, shape or form. I don’t discriminate. With that being said, sweet potato fries are NOT the same. Not even close. Don’t me wrong, I love a good sweet potato and I thoroughly enjoyed the following recipe; but they’ll never hold a candle to my french fry obsession. Nope. Never. Alright, fry ramble over, let’s move on.

I promise, these sweet potato fries are incredibly easy to make a fabulous healthy side dish. They might not be my guilty fried pleasure, but they’ll get the job done. So here ya go!

Sweet Potato Fries

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 tbl olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with tin foil.
IMG_0935Slice sweet potatoes into even “fry-sized” slices. Put into a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
IMG_0937Distribute fries onto prepared baking sheet and put in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and flip fries over. Put back in the over for another 15 minutes. Be sure to check on fries intermittently, as mine got a little toastier than anticipated!IMG_0938-1-1