Bruschetta for two

Can’t get over how easy and delicious this bruschetta was to make. I roasted the garlic to give it a full, instead of bitter taste, and a splash of balsamic vinegar REALLY brings all the flavours together. Wish I had fresh basil when I was making  this, but it’s still quite good without! I’ve been tempted to buy a tub of bruschetta at the bulk barn lately and I am really glad that I opted to make my own. I can see this becoming a staple around here come the end of the summer when I am overloaded with tomatoes from mum’s garden 🙂

Bruschetta with a twist

  • 3 plum tomatoes coarsely diced
  • 1/8 cups fresh basil or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/8 cups shredded parm. cheese.
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic, roasted and minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon oil from roasted garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground salt and pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dill
  • Splash of good balsamic vinegar
  • Loaf french or Italian bread drizzled with garlic oil, broiled and sliced [I made do with less than superior bread. If you only have sliced bread, lay each down on the counter and with a sharp knife slice from top to bottom to produce very thin slices. Cut in half. 4 slices = 12 pieces of bread]
  • OPTIONAL: Shredded cheese
  1. In a bowl mix together tomatoes, basil, cheese and garlic.
  2. Add in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and dill.
  3. Serve on toasted bread slices.
  4. If you enjoy your bruschetta warm, simply spoon mixture onto bread slices, sprinkle with cheese and broil for an additional 1-2 mins.
Roastd garlic, balsamic bruschetta

Roastd garlic, balsamic bruschetta

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Zucchini bread and muffins

Chris has been bugging me for a couple weeks now to make him some zucchini bread because of an episode of ‘How I met your Mother’ that we watched. In the episode one of the main characters Marshall goes for Brunch with another guy and has some zucchini bread that he exclaims is “ridonkulous”.  If you haven’t seen the show yet I would definitely recommend it. It’s almost like a funnier, cruder version of Friends, except they hang out in a bar instead of a coffee shop.

Sorry, off topic 😛 Anyways, I wanted to ‘Feed two birds with one scone’, so to speak, and make Chris some easy to transport zucchini muffins, and a delicious [healthy] loaf that I could bring for dinner to our friends house the following evening.

The muffins and loaf were such a huge success that I’m not going to change the recipe AT ALL. I even got a certain someone who “doesn’t like zucchini or any vegetables” to reach for seconds!!!

I started with a recipe that I found on allrecipes.com and went from there. I wanted to make the recipe as healthy as possible so I used apple sauce in place of half the oil. I used a ground flax seed mixture in place of the eggs which made the loaf and muffins even lighter, whole wheat flour instead of all purpose and added some freshly grated nutmeg. I filled my bread pan first and then started on the muffin cups and near the end of the batter I threw in a few chocolate chips so we could test what those would taste like as well! That’s the beauty of muffins, you don’t have to have 12 of the same thing as it is really easy to portion your batter and add different optional ingredients to each.

So moist, fluffy and delicious… and gone already. I think I might have to make another batch this weekend!

Healthy Zucchini Bread & Muffins

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg (yum)
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed mixed with 9 tablespoons water, let stand 3-5 minutes
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups grated zucchini (around 3 zucchinis)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • optional: chocolate chips, raisins, an additional 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  1. Grease and flour one bread ban and line muffin pan with paper cups.
  2. Sift flour, EXTRA ground flax seed, salt, baking powder, baking soda, grated nutmeg and cinnamon in large bowl.
  3. Beat ground flax seed mixture with, oil, apple sauce, vanilla and sugars together in another large bowl.
  4. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared bread pan.
  5. I poured about 6 regular muffins and then added some chocolate chips and filled the rest of the cups.
  6. Bake loaf for around 50-60 minutes depending on your oven [when a toothpick inserted deep into the middle comes out clean] and muffins for 15-20 minutes [or until toothpick inserted comes out clean].
  7. Cool on racks.


Delicious zucchini loaf

Delicious zucchini loaf

Delicious Zucchini Loaf

Delicious Zucchini Loaf

Delicious zucchini bread slices

Delicious zucchini bread slices

Delicious zicchini muffins

Delicious zucchini muffins