Artisan Asparagus Flatbread

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With hearty toppings, a warm crust, and the gooey goodness of cheese, pizza is everybody’s favourite! It’s also a food for every occasion –the perfect movie night companion, an ideal party starter, and the most reliable post-breakup buddy. Yep, pizza does it all. But as versatile and delicious as it is, you can’t indulge in it at every opportunity (even though your taste buds may say otherwise).

So when the craving kicks in, bake a delicious artisan asparagus flatbread instead. It’s a healthy alternative, free of all that dough and filled with green veggies.  This recipe takes minutes to make, and just seconds to eat. Can’t believe it? Give it a try:

Ingredients:

1 bunch of asparagus, ends removed

1 leek

1 ready-made flatbread

1/2 cup goat cheese

1 tbsp basil pesto

1/2 cup mozzarella

1 tsp salt

Red pepper flakes (optional)

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Instructions:

1. Sautee your washed and sliced leeks over medium heat until softened, and steam your asparagus until bright green.

2. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.

3. Lay out your flatbread on a baking pan, and start layering the ingredients. Begin with a coat of basil pesto as your base, then the goat and mozarella cheeses, the leeks, finally followed by the asparagus. Sprinkle the salt on top.

4. Pop in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, take out, and let it cool before indulging.

If you’re one who can handle the heat, sprinkle a few red pepper flakes for an extra kick! They definitely add a nice layer of flavour to an otherwise mild recipe.

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Big Game, Small Snack: Guacamole Crostinis for Super Bowl Sunday

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Score a touchdown with the crowd at your Super Bowl party by making delicious crostinis. Sure, you can serve the regular chips and dip, but where’s the fun and flair in that? These bite-sized snacks are a deconstructed version of everyone’s favourite Mexican treat(guacamole), artfully presented in layers. Not to mention, they are a fresh alternative to all the fried, calorie-clad, and sugary snacks you’re going to be tempted by!

With a twist to tradition, these guacamole crostinis are sure to be a hit so even if the team you’re rooting for loses, there’s still something to cheer about. Here’s there recipe for the small snack that’s big on flavour:

Ingredients:

1 baguette (you can choose white, whole wheat, 12 grain, etc.)

1 ripe avocado

1 tomato

1 shallot

1/2 lime

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp olive oil

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Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Slice your baguette 1/4 inch thick and place the pieces evenly across a baking pan. Brush each of them with olive oil. Put them into the oven for approx. 10 minutes or until they become golden and crisp.

3. Prepare the vinaigrette by combining the remaining olive oil (2 tbsp), juice of 1/2 lime, salt, and minced cilantro. Stir until well combined.

4. Slice the avocado, tomato, and shallots. Lay one on top of the other on the freshly toasted baguette slices. Pour a tsp of vinaigrette on each, and enjoy!

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Bite-Sized Walnut Brownies

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Baking brownies is always a good idea! But baking a big batch is not. Why? Because once they’re fresh out of the oven, chances are you’ll eat your way through until there isn’t a crumb left. If that sounds like something you would do, then there’s a solution: bite-sized portions.

These mini-muffin tin brownies are ideal for controlling cravings, and even taking them on the go. Not to mention, they’re loaded with walnuts and perfect for heart health! So you’re guaranteed to get the best of both words –an indulgent snack without the guilt.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of sunflower oil

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour

2  full tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

peel of 1 orange

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Mix the oil and sugar until well incorporated, then add the eggs.

3. In a separate bowl, mix your sifted flour, baking powder, and cocoa. When finished, add them to the egg mix.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of the mix to each section of a greased mini-muffin pan. Bake for approximately 24 minutes, and enjoy!

There you have it: portion-perfect brownies that are sure to please!

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Cooking with Couscous: A Savoury Spring Salad

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If you’re a frenzied fan of pasta and rice but want to cut down on the carbs, couscous is a great alternative. It’s quicker to make than the time that it will take you to eat it (because yes, it’s that delicious), and works well as a side or main dish. So here’s a fresh recipe for a spring salad that’s not only full of flavour, but also of health-boosting ingredients:

Ingredients:

1 cup couscous

2 cups water

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp sesame oil

1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers

1/2 cup minced parsley

1 tbsp grated ginger

2 tbsp lemon juice

Putting it together:

1. In a medium pot, combine the couscous with 1 tbsp of olive oil and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the water, and cook according to package instructions.

2. Once the couscous is cooked and cooled, toss it a few times so that it’s not stuck together.

3. Add the olive and sesame oils, toss. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix it all in and enjoy!

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Tasty Tilapia Burgers

TilapiaburgerBurgers are great, right? But you can make them even better with some simple substitutions, and maybe have a second serving because they’re that healthy — only 390 calories (so you’ll never choose fast-food alternatives again). With less bread, and no meat this one is sure to satisfy most tastes, diets, and picky eaters!

Ingredients(makes 2):

4 tbsp olive oil

1 cup bread crumbs

2 thawed tilapia fillets

1 tomato, sliced

1 cup mixed greens

2 pickles,sliced

2 tbsp Hellman`s low fat mayo

1 ½ tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp fresh dill

2 flat-bread buns, each sliced in half

Steps:

  1. Pour the olive oil in a medium pan, and heat
  2. Take your thawed& rinsed tilapia fillets, and dust them with a generous coating of bread crumbs. Place them in the pan, and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until crisp and golden brown.
  3. In the meantime, toast your flat-bread.
  4. When the fish fillets are done, place them on the slice of bread.
  5. For the sauce, stir the mayo, lemon, and dill in a cup and pour over the fillet
  6. Add the rest of your toppings(pickles, mixed greens, tomatoes) and bite in!

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Zucchini Bruschetta/ Halloween “Frankenstein Fingers”

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To close out Veggie Month on ThePoshDish, here’s the third recipe! And because it’s also Halloween, why not use it as a healthy treat for a party –kids and kids-at-heart will be equally happy to taste it.  Sure, it’s not candy but it’s the most fun way to avoid a sugar rush. Not to mention, an excellent bread-free alternative to bruschetta for any occasion to come.

Ingredients

2 medium zucchinis

2 tomatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

Basil

1 green onion

½ cup goat cheese

3 tbsp Parmesan

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Wash and cut the zucchinis in half, horizontally
  3. Wash and dice your tomatoes, basil, and onions
  4.  In a small bowl, mix the tomatoes, with the olive oil, green onions, and
  5. Place spoonfuls of the mix onto the zucchini halves.
  6. Crumble the goat cheese and Parmesan cheese on top.
  7. Bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, and enjoy!

So whether you savour them as a Halloween treat or an everyday snack, keep this recipe on the ready for a bread-free alternative to bruschetta.

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