Posted by: Kara @ The Foodie Dietitian | July 26, 2011

Guest Post: Simple Sensations

I am happy to have my friend Bethany, RD, LMNT (@BethanyFulmer) guest post today on Peace, Love, and Food. Once a Boston dietetic intern like myself, now a savvy RD in Nebraska. Take it away Bethany…

The summer months are filled with lots of my favorite things including sunny weather, outdoor get-togethers and waterskiing. One new activity I’ve recently added to my “favorites” list is gardening. It is an endeavor that my husband and I began this year for the first time. Being apartment dwellers, gardening can seem impossible, but we didn’t let that stop us from creating a new hobby we can enjoy together. With the help of a community garden plot and several pots on our porch, we have reaped some sweet rewards of spring labor. With this influx of fresh produce, it has been an adventure to discover new and delicious ways to enjoy each one. The recipe I’m about to share with you is simple and easy with a burst of flavor you are sure to crave well after the last bite. It incorporates our very own garden-grown basil and tomatoes. However, even if you don’t have your own little plot of wonder or gardening isn’t your thing, the farmer’s market is a great place to find equally delicious locally-grown produce to tantalize your taste buds.  Simple Bruschetta 

8 fresh basil leaves, diced

3 fresh small tomatoes or 1 large

¼ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella

8 slices baguette

Chop tomatoes, but do not discard seeds and juice. Combine basil and mozzarella with tomatoes until all ingredients are well combined. Toast baguette slices until golden brown. Top with tomato mixture and serve.

Makes enough to top 8 baguette slices

Tip: This recipe can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. However, if you are making it ahead of time, add the mozzarella right before serving so that it does not become soft and liquid-like.

  

Make this for a perfect snack or appetizer for entertaining or a relaxing Saturday afternoon. By using fresh and flavorful ingredients, there is no need to complicate things by adding additional ingredients such as oils, salts or dressings. Plus, keeping things simple when entertaining enables you to enjoy every minute with those you love. 🙂

Happy Eating!

Bethany Fulmer, RD, LMNT

@bethanyfulmer

What new hobby have you started that has led to sweet rewards?

Bethany lives in Lincoln, NE with her husband of 2 years. Her career as a dietitian is currently focused on cardiovascular disease prevention and management, weight loss for adults and children, sports nutrition, and digestive difficulties. She is employed at a medical fitness center, Madonna ProActive, and also privately consults for Body Innovations, a gym that specializes in boot camps and personal training. In her free time, Bethany is an avid runner with a love for experimenting with ethnic cuisines and all things outdoors.

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Responses

  1. Bruschetta is one of my favorite traditional italian recipes. It is packed with so much flavor with so few ingredients. I describe it as indulgent yet fresh and crisp! That’s awesome that you were able to use a garden plot in the city. I also live in the city and have been working on pot gardening this summer. Great guest post, the bruschetta looks delicious!


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