Real Foods: Bruschetta

With this series, I debunk, review, and actually try to make those pretty Pinterest recipes that claim to be simple, easy, fast, and budget friendly. As someone who is clueless when it comes to food, really cheap, and really impatient, this should be a fun series for me. It will definitely push me out of my comfort zone, but hopefully it will be valuable to you!

When I get bored (and hangry) at work, I scan Pinterest for that new recipe - the one that I can whip up in a minute, that tastes gourmet and like fast food at the same time. I find myself pinning recipes that seem fast and easy, but in reality, take 2-3 times longer and usually make a mess. I'm here to try these recipes for you, so you know really which recipes are fast, simple in ingredients, and easy to prepare.

It's back to Pinterest for this week's Real Foods recipe test.

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I had a BBQ last week with my husband's co-workers, and, as always, felt super awkward the entire time, and had no clue what I was doing there. I am the only spouse in the group, and even the only significant other, so I'm always the outsider at these events.

I tend to feel like I'm leeching off of the host at these kinds of gatherings, mainly because I'm never expressly invited. So I go, I sit quietly, I try to throw in a few sentences here and there, eat all of the food, and then leave early. Recently, I've tried to take things with me to feel like I am contributing to the event in some way and not a complete mooch.

Bruschetta is the perfect summer-grilling-snack to me. It's light, it's fresh, it's quick, and it looks very.... posh.

Plus it helps you feel a bit healthier about the massive braat and beer you will consume next.

Overall, I think this took me a total of 15 minutes.... fur realz. And here's why:

Need a quick snack that isn't Doritos? - #Adulting | cheap easy food recipe budget quick simple snack adulting adulthood

I cheated. I cheated big time. 

Instead of creating my own tomato/garlic/basil topping, I just used a pre-packed Pico De Gallo. So if you follow my version, it's more of "assembling" than "cooking."

Here's all that I did:

  • cut the baguette into uneven slices - totally not intentional, but, I have absolutely no skills
  • smeared olive oil onto each piece
  • space evenly on a baking tray
  • baked at 350 degrees for 12 minutes
  • sprinkled mozzarella cheese on each and popped them back in the oven for about 2 minutes
  • spoon the pico de gallo on 
  • "drizzle" on balsamic
  • sprinkle on some garlic salt

That's it! Sure, it might look like a lot of individual steps, but it is truly one of the simplest recipes with the greatest outcome - besides the good old blue-box Mac and Cheese.

Overall, this is a slam-dunk in my book. It will knock the socks of your friends at your next spring outing and make you look (and feel!) like a real adult. #killinit

What are some of your go-to warm-weather snacks for BBQs and gatherings?

This is really for you. I am perfectly happy eating the same two things for dinner every night. So let me know If you have any recipes that you would like me to try, or if you don't agree with me! 

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Don't forget to check out my other Real Foods recipe attempts and fails