Lime Bruschetta

SONY DSCShockingly you might have guessed that today’s recipe includes tomatoes. My garden is crazy productive right now and I have six tomato plants. This recipe has been a favorite of mine this summer. It’s quick and easy to make and it just tastes like summer to me. Mike and I eat it on a fairly regular basis. We also LOVE the bread I make it on. It’s a garlic roasted ciabatta bread baked fresh every three days and found at my local grocery store. I always hated “garlic bread” growing up. You know that cheap bread with the bright yellow garlic-y super oily sauce that covered the cheap bread? That stuff made me gag. In fact it’s because of that bead that I always thought I HATED garlic. It wasn’t until I went vegan and started using it in recipes that I realized that I actually love the taste of garlic.

This recipe is my take on a classic recipe. Not only is it incredibly easy and delicious, but it’s healthier than traditional bruschetta. I make mine sans olive oil and salt, which is considered a traditional part of burschetta. Can I even call it bruschetta then? That’s up to you. Let me know what you think!

Word Origin: Bruschetta is a noun derived from a Roman verb bruscare which means “to roast over coals”.

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Summer Squash Bread

This was my first time ever growing my own vegetable garden all by my self. And honestly, I wasn’t expecting so much of it to be successful. I planted too much ofSONY DSC everything expecting most of it to die. Instead it all lived and it’s producing enough vegetables for a family of six, and it’s just Mike and I. Since I don’t want to waste any of it, I’ve been working hard developing easy recipes that use these vegetables in new and unique ways. Hey a girl can only eat so much grilled squash right? In particular I’ve been making things that can be frozen easily so that in a couple months when the garden is dead I can enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Horticulture Fact: Summer squash is a cultivar of cucurbita pepo. Huh? Yeah I know, It’s a species with cultivars so different that many of the sub-species have been mislabeled as other species. Things like pumpkin, winter squashes, and summer squashes areĀ all cultivars from the same species of plant.

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