summer crostini

Otherwise known as pesto goat cheese with fresh tomatoes on….crostini.

I thought the latter was a little long.

Few things scream summer like garden-fresh tomatoes and flavorful pesto.

And few things taste as good as summer tomatoes and pesto made from a fresh bunch of basil. Or you know, pesto from a jar – sometimes convenience rules.

It is the combination that never gets old: basil, tomato and bread. Cheese never hurts.

This summer appetizer is great because it can be made ahead of time and then just compiled when you are ready for it. If you are short on time you can always buy pre-made crostini or use melba toasts.

And I totally used jarred pesto – I just didn’t tell.

 

Summer Crostini

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: appetizer cheese July 4th Italian summer

 

Ingredients (12 servings)

  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • 8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4-5 Tbsp pesto
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 baguette
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

Prepare crostini: thinly slice bread, brush with olive oil and broil or grill until golden brown.

Let goat cheese and cream cheese soften in bowl.

Stir to combine until smooth.

Stir in pesto.

Spread mixture on plate or platter.

Layer chopped tomato on top of cheese mixture.

Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.

Serve with crostini.

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review: journey bars {and giveaway}

I’ve been doing fewer and fewer product reviews, but sometimes I come across something, or something comes across my inbox and I’ve just got to try it – and subsequently – share it with you all!

I’m definitely a savory/salty snacker and when the afternoon rolls around, its not sweets that I’m craving. Truthfully, I usually want cheese but I definitely don’t bring cheese to work with me. (That would NOT be a good idea). Ideally I’ll have something a little salty and hopefully crunchy.

Journey Bars are essentially a savory “granola/nutrition” bar with flavors like Coconut Curry, Pizza Marinara, Rosemary, Parmesan Romano and Hickory BBQ. They are made with grains like oats, buckwheat, flax, amaranth, and definitely fit the bill for a delicious, crunchy, savory and healthy afternoon snack.

You can currently find them at these retailers in your area or buy them online. They are also available on amazon!

Like:

  • made with whole grains
  • simple ingredient list
  • savory flavor without too much salt
  • nutrition stats: 200 calories, 8 grams fat, 4 grams fiber, 6 grams protein
  • no GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)

Wish:

  • there was a bit more protein in them, although I know that would affect the flavor/taste (in a perfect world!)
  • they were in thinner pieces (I guess more like crackers) but I guess that defeats the purpose of a “bar” :)

 

Want to try Journey bars yourself?

Comment below on your favorite savory snacks and I’ll choose two winners on Sunday July 1st.

(For extra entries, you can tweet about the giveaway – “I want to try @journeybar from @nutritionisteat http://www.anutritionisteats.com/?p=10728″ ,  like them and me on facebook, and then enter a separate comment letting me know you did so for each additional entry) US Shipping addresses only, please! 

daily eats: 6.25.12

Hello, hello!

So. I’m back to working full-time and it is AMAZING! I was getting pretty bored spending days at home and only working part time.

Anyway, I’m back to packing up breakfast, lunches and snacks and taking pictures of meals in tupperware. :)

A few notes about the day: lots of snacks and the pictures are horrible! (Sorry)

Workout 1: jillian’s 20 minute shred – level 1

Coffee: enjoyed on the bus!

Breakfast: my favorite summer breakfast lately: 1 serving greek yogurt + 1/2 cup frozen (but thawed) berries + 2 Tbsp sliced almonds + 1/4 cup kashi go lean cereal

Lunch: turkey + avocado + crackers + celery & carrots (lunch was supposed to be on sprouted bread, but I forgot it at home and thankfully there were some crackers at work)

Snack 1: thinkThin bar

Snack 2: mango slices (about 1-1.5 servings)

Workout 2: 35 minutes spin class – I was a little late so I missed the first 10 minutes. Better late than nothing, right?

Snack 3: crackers + curry chicken salad (+ more crackers + kale & spinach dip)

Dinner: baby kale, baby chard, baby spinach + 2 fried eggs + leftover salmon + miso sesame dressing

Dessert: 2 dark chocolate peanut-butter cups

To those of you who pack your breakfasts – what do you bring? I need some new breakfast ideas that travel well. 

 

add this: nuts

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I have to admit something.

I don’t always love nuts.

But then I remember that they are kind of a perfect snack, and can be pretty darn delicious from time to time. Everyone likes peanut butter, right?  I just recently came around to raw almond butter, and now I slather it on toast, celery and apples on a regular basis. I would never turn down pine nuts in pesto either. :)

If you are aren’t yet a fan, try adding some nuts in at snack time or nut butters for breakfast or lunch. Here’s the what, why and how…

What:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Pine Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • (peanuts are technically a legume but are usually fall into the nut category)

Why:

  • contain fat, protein and fiber
  • full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • can help reduce the risk of diabetes
  • nutrient dense: full of vitamin E, folic acid, niacin, copper, magnesium

How:

  • Raw Nuts are best and then roast at home so they don’t go rancid
  • Add some flavor to roasted nuts (like curried or herbed nuts)
  • As a snack, on salads, or part of trail mix
  • Nut Butter – look for natural varieties – the only ingredients should be nuts and/or salt.
  • Watch portions! Nuts, although good for you, are very calorie-dense. A serving is one ounce.
  • Recipes to Try: Almond-Honey Power Bar, Nut Recipes on Foodily, Nut Recipes on Gojee

Do you have a favorite nut or way to eat them?