Thursday, September 30, 2010

80--- California Bruschetta

Bruschetta is a classic hearty Italian appetizer consisting of grilled bread rubbed with olive oil and garlic and topped with a combination of tomato, garlic, basil, and onion.

MY bruschetta recipe has a little Cali twist to it by adding black olives and avocado and placing it on homemade flatbread chips.

Avocados are another one of the world's magic fruits. They have a lot of healthy monounsaturated fats, and also vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin E, lutein, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. WHOA. However, I often get the question, "So, avocados are good for me, right? So I can eat a lot of them?" My response is "Yes, they are good for you, but even though the fat they contain is healthy fat-- it is still fat which provides your body with extra calories." One 3" avocado contains approximately 300 calories. If you are eating one a day-- those calories can really add up. My suggestion is to eat 1/2 of an avocado a few times a week.

This bruschetta is a lovely light lunch (my hubby just had this and only this for lunch and said "This is one of the best things you have ever made", and he is NO vegetarian!). This is also a great summery appetizer or side dish! I have also used this bruschetta on top of a grilled chicken breast. Just top each breast when the chicken is ALMOST done cooking, and let it heat through.

California Bruschetta with Flatbread Chips

Serves 6 (1/2 cup bruschetta and 4 chips)


3 rounds whole wheat flatbread/ pita bread

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp Johnny Salt (or seasoning salt of your choice)


1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes-- lots of flavor, not a lot of seeds and pulp)

1 avocado, diced (not TOO ripe, you do not want it to end up looking like guacamole)

2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced

1 cup sliced black olives

1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tsp salt

For chips: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cut each flatbread round into 8 slices (like a pizza). Place slices onto baking sheet and brush on olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning salt. Bake for ~7 minutes, or until lightly brown and crispy.

For bruschetta: Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and gently fold to mix.

Add 2 Tbsp bruschetta to each chip.

Nutrition Info per 1/2 cup bruschetta and 4 chips: 217 calories, 11 g fat (HEALTHY fat), 7 g protein, 46 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber

1 comment:

  1. I made this for a light supper tonight and it was wonderful!