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Recipe: Tomato and Basil Bruschetta


WRITTEN BY: BodyChangers
Monday, September 29th, 2014

Low in calories and fat, but packed with vitamin C and lycopene, tomatoes are a perennial favorite in salads, sauces, and other dishes. Although they’re typically thought of as a vegetable, tomatoes are actually classified as a fruit. While tomatoes are a staple for many cooked dishes, never underestimate the healthy, wholesome deliciousness of a fresh tomato. Looking for a quick and easy tomato basil appetizer to share at your next gathering of friends and families? Try out this healthy alternative to pizza or chips and queso. Make use of fresh tomatoes packed with nutrients to create this quick, simple, and delicious appetizer.

Serves

20 (1 oz portions)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 2 oz. diced plum tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 2-1/8 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/8 teaspoons ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Serve with baked pita wedges or bruschetta toast.
  2. Hold refrigerated at 40 degrees F or below for use.
  3. Use within 24-48 hours.
nutritional facts tomato basil bruschetta

We hope you enjoy this delicious, heart-healthy recipe. Do you have a favorite tomato-based recipe? Share it with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

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UPMC BodyChangers is a weight loss management and support program that helps members achieve their weight loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle through an array of exercise classes, education and support groups, and group outings. Based at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, UPMC BodyChangers creates a supportive community of like-minded individuals who want to be happy, healthy, energetic, and fit by taking better care of themselves. Read More