Grilled Bruschetta

Grilled Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped and seeded plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons plus 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 16 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
  • Sea salt and grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 3 tablespoons, 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, shallot, basil, 2 teaspoons olive oil and garlic. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • Brush remaining oil over both sides of baguette slices. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
  • Top toasts with tomato mixture. Drizzle with balsamic syrup; sprinkle with sea salt and Parmesan. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 58 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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Creamy Corn and Chile Dip

Creamy Corn and Chile Dip

Level: Easy

Total: 30 min

Active: 30 min

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

 

Ingredients

 

 

Directions:

1. Cut the kernels from the corn. Cut 2 thin rounds of the Fresno chile and reserve them for garnish. Seed the remaining chile, if desired, then finely chop it.

2. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the scallion whites and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp tender, about 6 minutes. Add the heavy cream and chopped chili and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cream cheese until melted, then remove from the heat and season with salt to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the scallion greens and the chile slices. Serve hot or at room temperature with tortilla chips for dipping.


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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

 Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 30 min 

Prep: 20 min

Inactive: 1 hr

Cook: 10 min 

Yield: 12 servings

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  1. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir, lightly frying for about a minute, removing before the garlic gets too brown (it can be golden). Pour the garlic and oil into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly. 
  2. Add the red and yellow tomatoes, balsamic and basil to the bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and then taste and add more basil if needed, and more salt if needed (don’t over salt, though!) Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two if you have the time. 
  3. Cut the baguette into diagonal slices to allow for the most surface area possible. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet and grill half the bread on both sides, making sure they’re nice and buttery. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and the other half of the bread. 
  4. To serve, give the tomato mixture a final stir, and then spoon generously over the slices of bread. Serve on a big platter as a first course or appetizer.

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Southwest Quesadillas

Southwest Quesadillas

 

One of my favorite appetizers are Southwest Eggrolls, I order them all the time at Chili’s and The Cheesecake Factory.  I also make Southwest Eggrolls at home!

But Southwest Eggrolls are usually fried, that’s what makes them so good!  But anything fried pretty much means high in calories and everything else that aren’t the healthiest things to eat.  So I recently thought why not make Southwest Quesadillas?  After all Quesadillas aren’t deep fried, they’re grilled, so much healthier I think.

I usually make a batch of the Southwest Eggroll filling and using them in quesadillas works as well. Instead of rolling the filling burrito style I grill it on a tortilla, whole wheat of course!

You can make a batch of the filling and use it however you want.  You can freeze the filling and thaw it out when needed.  Or you can roll them into eggrolls and freeze until ready to use. However you choose to use it this Southwest filling is very versatile.  Did I mention it’s a pretty healthy choice too?

Yes the filling is pretty health.  It’s got fiber, protein, and other vitamins, and it’s fairly low in calories and fat.  So go a head make a batch today!

So here’s how to make Southwest Quesadillas!

Southwest Quesadillas

Southwest Eggroll filling click here

Whole Wheat Tortillas (you can use any type of tortilla)

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Chopped Cilantro

Cooking Spray

Toppings of your choice:  Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole, etc.

Spray a skillet with cooking spray.

Heat skillet and place 1 tortilla in it.

Sprinkle shredded cheddar all over the tortilla.

Spoon about 1/2 Cup of Southwest Eggroll filling on HALF the tortilla.

Lift the other half of the tortilla with a spatula and fold it over the filled half.

Press the top half down and cook about 1 minute.

Carefully flip the quesadilla over and cook the other side about 1-2 minutes or until it starts to turn crunchy and cheese is melted.

Remove from heat and cut into 4 triangles.

Serve hot with your favorite toppings.

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Tomato Salad With Bacon Vinaigrette

Tomato Salad With Bacon Vinaigrette

Everyone will be eating their vegetables thanks to this stunning salad.

This bright and beautiful salad is filled with flavor, thanks to fresh heirloom tomatoes and a homemade bacon vinaigrette.

 

YIELDS:8 servings                  TOTAL TIME: hours 15 mins

 

INGREDIENTS

4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 tbsp.  sherry vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. Heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 oz. blue cheese, crumbled

Fresh chives, chopped

 

DIRECTIONS
  1. Cook bacon in a medium skillet on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 mins. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon; pour off all but 2 Tbsp. grease. Add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add sherry vinegar and Dijon mustard; cook, scraping up any brown bits, until incorporated, 1 minute. Remove from heat; whisk in olive oil. Arrange tomatoes on a platter and drizzle with vinaigrette. Top with bacon, blue cheese, and chives.

 

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