A Simple and Light Caprese

pexels-photo-96616-large (1)We say this often and it’s so true. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. I have a small herb garden on my back patio and since space is a premium commodity in that area, the plants are grown in colorful pots of different sizes. I keep it simple with lettuce, tomatoes, chives, parsley, basil, rosemary and sage. That’s where a lot of the “flavor” for my dishes originates.

I didn’t select those particular seed packets and starters by chance. I sat down with my recipe book and made notes of which herbs/spices I use most often in my cooking.

If growing your own herbs and a few vegetables sounds time-consuming, it’s not. Begin small with just one or two large pots or containers and a couple seed packets. Basil and chives are both easy to grow and flavorful. When next year comes around, you will want to experiment with a few more.

foodiesfeed.com_basil-in-bucketEating light and healthy isn’t always easy. 5 mornings out of 7 I eat a simple breakfast of eggs and yogurt and my lunches every day are light and flavorful. I work from home and that makes it easy to want to skip a meal or grab something that isn’t on my meal plan. It’s easier to stay true to the menu, when the flavors we love are on our plate. So when it comes to creating a meal plan, don’t choose your favorite dishes, look to your favorite “flavors” and begin from that point as you move forward creating lighter options.

Simple Caprese

capreseIngredients

  • Cherry Tomatoes, a couple of hand-fulls, cut in half or 3 large tomatoes, cut in 1/2 inch slices
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • Fresh Basil
  • Herbs of your choice
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey

Method:

  1. In small saucepan stir balsamic vinegar and honey together over high heat. Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, about 10 minutes, until vinegar has reduce to approx 1/3 cup. Set aside to cool.
  2. Arrange alternate slices of tomato and mozzarella cheese decoratively on a serving platter.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper, spread fresh basil leaves over the salad, and drizzle with olive oil and the balsamic reduction.

food-healthy-meal-grain-largeTip of the Day: When you are on the road, it is sometimes necessary to head to the drive through line. Don’t feel guilty, it happens and burgers and fries aren’t the only thing on the menu. Take a moment and peruse your options. Some places offer lighter fare, yogurt, smoothie, fruit, etc. While they may not as “fresh” or wholesome as what you have in your refrigerator, they are closer to your meal plan than traditional fast food.

Please feel free to comment, ask questions or join the conversation. My email is KarieGiffin@gmail and please follow us on Facebook! Basil & Salt Magazine.

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