Baked Italian Bruschetta

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Baked Italian Bruschetta makes for a great appetizer when you are entertaining guests, and it’s SO EASY to put together!

FUN FACT:
Tomatoes naturally contain a phytochemical called Lycopene, which is known for having both powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and for providing some protection against certain forms of cancer! It’s important to consume a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day, so you can reap the benefit of getting a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals into your diet!


Ingredients: 

  • 8 slices of whole grain bread
    (I used the Archer Farms 9-grain Tuscan loaf)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 medium tomatoes, seeds removed, chopped
  • 5 chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 cup olive oil + some extra for brushing the bread
  • 1 shake of iodized salt (optional)

Directions: 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and set it aside for now.

  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients except for the whole grain bread. Stir until the ingredients appear to be evenly dispersed throughout the mixture. Hint: For a more flavorful Bruschetta, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours – (Not required)

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  3. Place each slice of bread onto the baking sheet, and brush top lightly with a little bit of olive oil. Then, spoon the tomato mixture evenly onto each slice of bread until all of the tomato mixture has been used.

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  4. Bake the bruschetta for about 15 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat, and allow the bruschetta to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.fullsizeoutput_7ed.jpeg


ENJOY!!!

 

Nutrition Facts per serving / 1 slice

Total Calories: 216

Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g
Trans Fat: 0 g

Sodium: 340 mg
Potassium: 170 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 25 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 3 g

Protein: 6 g

Vitamin A: 6% DV
Vitamin C: 14% DV
Calcium: 8% DV
Iron: 13% DV