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Healthy Seasonal Recipes with PAM | Warm Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

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Something exciting happened this past weekend…TOMATOES! Yes finally our local farmers market vendors have tomatoes and I am seriously in heaven. You would have thought the two huge heirloom tomatoes and three pints of heirloom cherry tomatoes would have lasted us all week but since I have been on a crazy tomato kick we are already out of them….four days later.

I am hoping that this baby makes his/her appearance very soon but I am also hoping that we can make it to the market to stock up on super sweet and juicy local tomatoes. I am salivating just thinking about buying more. Lately my favorite way to enjoy them has been on top of toast. Sometimes simply raw and sliced up with a little salt and pepper and other times I like to saute them up with a little onion or shallot and serve warmed.
Healthy Seasonal Recipes with PAM | Warm Cherry Tomato Bruschetta Warm Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Warm Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Serves 4-6

  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • PAM Organic Olive Oil Spray
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion or shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 slices of sourdough bread

Directions:

  1. Toast up your sourdough bread; you can simply do this in a standard toaster, under the broiler in your oven or if you have a grill try grilling up your bread (my favorite method).
  2. Heat a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Spray to coat the bottom with PAM Organic Olive Oil Spray <– this spray keeps things light and healthy plus clean up is a breeze. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until onion is soft.
  3. Add in the cherry tomatoes and garlic and cook until the cherry tomatoes start to break down; this should just take a few minutes.
  4. Season with red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
  5. Top each slice of toasted sourdough with the warm cherry tomato topping.

Healthy Seasonal Recipes with PAM - Warm Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

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Summer Entertaining with Blue Diamond // Antipasto Plate with Almond Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond Tastemakers. As always all opinions are my own. 

Neil and I have always enjoyed entertaining whether it’s a pizza party, a potluck or our annual pumpkin beer tasting dinner. My favorite time to entertain however is during the summer when the days are longer, the sun is out and there is little need to do much cooking. I prefer to whip up some salads, grill veggie burgers and of course set out a few snack plates to start off any gathering.

Blue Diamond Almonds - Stuffed Peppers

I am particularly partial to antipasto platters because there is little work involved for me and they just look beautiful. I head to the grocery store pick up a few varieties of olives and various other antipasto bar items including peppers (hot and sweet), artichokes, roasted garlic, marinated tomatoes and basically anything else that looks good. I will finish off my platter with toasted bread, pita chips, crackers and hummus. Since I don’t like to do everything store bought I usually add in my own little treat and this time I made almond cheese stuffed peppadew peppers.  Blue Diamond Almonds - Stuffed Peppers 2

What you’ll need for the almond cheese:

  • One 6oz tin of Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds, soaked in filtered water overnight
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (this provides the cheesy flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons sweet white miso
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Simply toss all of the ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor and process until smooth and then stuff your peppers and enjoy!

Blue Diamond Almonds - Stuffed Peppers top Share you summer entertaining tips below! One of my top tips is to keep it fresh and simple so that you can also enjoy the party!

 

Sunshine Burger Recipe + Giveaway | California Burger

Disclaimer: I received Sunshine Burger product to review without monetary compensation. All opinions are my own. I was given the opportunity to review through the Sweat Pink Ambassador community. 

There was a time when we ate veggie burgers all the time at our house but over the past few years we have been diversifying our meals more so now when we do have burgers we like to go all out. It also happens that summer time is our favorite time to indulge in veggie burgers because it’s grilling season and there is also a summer bbq party to host or attend.

While the standard burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard and onion) are fine a burger is always better if there is upgrade to toppings. Some of my favorite combinations include bbq sauce, sauteed mushrooms, crispy onion rings and vegan cheese slices. I also love a good “cheese” burger with lots of banana peppers and pickles and of course your standard toppings. When I’m feeling a little crazy going a more Tex-Mex route is always fun with toppings such guacamole, salsa and refried beans. However, while all of those are great combinations my current favorite is what I like to call the California Burger.
Sunshine Burgers: Cali Burger

Ingredients:

  • Tomato, sliced
  • Red Onion, super thinly sliced
  • Micro Greens or Sprouts
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Vegan Cheddar
  • Whole Wheat Bun
  • Garden Herb Sunshine Burger – cook based on instructions on the box
  • Herbed Vegan Mayo (1 tablespoon each freshly chopped basil, chives, parsley and lemon juice with 1/3 cup vegan mayo)

Sunshine Burger: Cali Burger top and bottom

Simple and easy to put together! I like to slather a healthy serving of mayo on each side of my bun and then I place the micro greens on one side and the tomato, onion and avocado on the other. I make sure to melt the “cheese” onto the burger and then that goes in the middle. Then it all gets smooshed together and I gobble it up. P.S. this is messy so get the napkins ready or just lick your fingers like I do.  Sunshine Burger: Cali Burger Finished

Now I have been a Sunshine Burger fan for years now so I was thrilled to work with them.  My favorite way to eat them (besides the recipe above) is either on top of a salad or in a wrap. They are seriously delicious and they are free of gluten, wheat, soy, corn, oats, dairy, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts AND Non-GMO project verified. <—All the more reason I love these burgers. My favorite flavors are the Garden Herb and the Hemp & Sage Breakfast but now that I see there is a Loco Chipotle one I am going to have to try that one out because I love chipotle flavored foods.

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