It’s a challenge to fit in enough servings of vegetables each day. My family goal is a veggie 1-2-3 model, which means eating one serving of veggies for breakfast, two for lunch, and three for dinner. It’s an ideal we often don’t meet, but it motivates me to devise the quickest vegetable dishes.
Bruschetta for Nutrition
Homemade bruschetta is an easy and delicious way to add a solid dose of vitamins to your meals. Most people just think of it as a snack or appetizer, but I want to present bruschetta as an everyday food that you can whip up and serve all week. And count as a serving of vegetables!
Tomatoes are a nutrient-dense vegetable. They have plenty of vitamins A and C, but are most celebrated for containing lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant and is what makes tomatoes (and watermelon!) red. Research indicates that eating food high in lycopene may reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, and age-related eye disease.
Even if your kids aren’t big tomato fans, have them give this bruschetta recipe a try. There’s something about the scrumptious combination of garlic, tomatoes, fresh basil, tomatoes, and olive oil against crunchy toast that I’ve seen win many kids over.
I once served a big plate of bruschetta as a snack to a backyard full of younger and older kids. I was thrilled that the kids inhaled every bit of it, fighting over the last piece! Due to popular demand, I even made a second round.
Bruschetta Without the Toast
The definition of bruschetta specifically refers to tomato relish atop toast. But I recommend making the tomato relish part ahead and having it as a “ready to scoop” quick shot of vitamins.
To make the bruschetta a little healthier, we use a whole wheat baguette and toast thin slices. But this tomato relish makes just about any food tastier. June’s favorite way to have bruschetta is on her scrambled eggs, but we also use it atop chicken or fish or as a garnish for rice or quinoa pilaf.
Add bruschetta to your sandwiches, salads, and soups. Once it’s in your fridge, you’ll find plenty of occasions to use it up.
Try bruschetta as your instant serving of vegetables!