roma tomatoesUPDATE: Bruschetta  (pronounced “brusketta”) is a healthy snack or appetizer and easy to make. (Chopping tomatoes required, but can be therapeutic.) If you’re so lucky to have vine-ripened tomatoes and homegrown basil on hand, this refreshing Italian dish promises to be extra flavorful. The tomatoes add a rich source of lycopene making it a red-hot antioxidant that’s protective against aging and a growing list of cancers.

Here’s how…
1.  Chop the following and mix in a small bowl:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 red onion
  • 5 Roma tomatoes
  • 9-10 fresh basil leaves

2.  Add the following and stir:

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Sea salt to taste

3.  Slice the following into 3/4″ diagonal slices and place on a baking sheet:

  • 1 whole grain baguette

4.  Broil the bread on “HIGH” on top rack for about 90 seconds until golden brown. Flip over and broil 1 minute on other side.

5.  Remove bread to a platter and brush slices with:

  • Basil pesto

6.  Brush slices of bread with:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Spread the colorful tomato-herb mixture on top of the warm toast and enjoy!
Makes approximately 32 pieces.

Buon appetito!

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