Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tomato Basil Salad with Balsamic Drizzle

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It's Day 2 of Tomato Week.    I really did not plan on doing a whole week of tomato dishes, but then I got this bounty of tomatoes from the grocery store so I had to think of ways to use them up and really enjoy them.  Today's salad is so simple to put together.  You can eat it as a side salad, on top of fish or chicken or even on top of crusty garlic bread (similar to bruschetta  ).   I used three types of tomatoes in the dish (yellow, heirloom and roma red).  Of course it would be just as delicious with simple red tomatoes or grape tomatoes that have been cut in half.


Ingredients:
2lbs of ripe tomatoes cut into chunks
small handful of basil torn
salt and black pepper ( to taste)


 Balsamic Drizzle
1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbs of brown sugar (substitute splenda for low carb)

Directions:
To make the Balsamic Drizzle: In a saucepan simmer the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes until it is thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Then wash and cut tomatoes.  Season tomatoes with salt and black pepper to taste.  Place tomatoes on platter or bowl and tear basil leaves on top.  Then drizzle with as much balsamic drizzle as you like.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.   I like to let the tomatoes sit for about 1 hour to develop and absorb more flavor. 

 


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Monday, July 28, 2014

BLaT: Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato Sandwich

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I'm patiently waiting for the tomatoes that I planted to turn red so I can eat them.  Then, I went to the grocery store and saw all these beautiful tomatoes for a total of $5 so I had to get them.  I knew one of the first things I would make with them would be a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich).  I saw the avocados near the tomatoes and decided to try to add something instead of mayonnaise on the sandwich for some creaminess.   This was an amazing sandwich and avocado will be a must on my next BLT... or BLat!  If you haven't tried an avocado on your BLT before... it's time to try it. 


Ingredients:
2-3 slices of baked bacon per sandwich
3-4 slices of tomatoes
Sliced ripe avocado
lettuce
Toasted bread

Directions:
The easiest way to make bacon is to bake it in the oven.  You will get perfectly crispy bacon every time.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  You will need a baking tray and some cooling racks placed on top of it or you can use your broiler pan that is slotted
Yummy BACON!!
with a drip pan.  Lay your bacon across the cooling racks.  Place them in the oven for 15 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked and ready to crumble.  The bacon will be crispy, perfectly straight and all the oil will have dripped to the lower tray.  I love this method. 


Then slice tomatoes and season them with a little salt and pepper.  Slice avocado and squeeze some lime juice on them to keep them from browning.  Toast bread.  Assemble with lettuce on the bottom, then tomato slices, bacon and finally the avocado.  Enjoy.








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