By Angela Wallace, MSc, RD, PTS

I love nothing more than fresh local tomatoes during the spring and summer months, and a meal that can turn into two!

Since prepping your meals ahead of time can make all the difference in a busy week, why not try creating some two in one meals that help make leftovers a little more exciting. Below are two recipes that use fresh tomatoes and herbs for bruschetta inspired meals.

The first step to these two meals is making the bruschetta mix (and lots of it).

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole cherry tomatoes or 3 medium to large tomatoes
  • ½ cup fresh basil, minced
  • ½ large red onion, minced (you can also use white onion)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Slice tomatoes into small pieces or cut cherry tomatoes into quarters.
  • Mince red onion, garlic, and basil.
  • Mix everything together, add lemon juice, salt and black pepper to taste.

The lazy (aka quick) version: throw everything into a food processor and pulse for 15-20 seconds!

Set bruschetta aside, half of it will be used for recipe one and half for recipe two.

CHICKPEA BRUSCHETTA PASTA

Serves 3-4

INGREDIENTS:

  • Half the bruschetta mixture
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (can be canned, rinsed and drained)
  • 350 g pasta of choice (can be rice pasta, tri-colour pasta, chickpea pasta for some added fibre and protein).

DIRECTIONS:

  • Bring water to a boil in a pot and cook pasta according to package directions.
  • In a medium pan heat olive oil. Add bruschetta mixture and sauté for 5-6 minutes. Once warm and slightly bubbling remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
  • Once pasta is cooked, add to bruschetta mixture, toss and enjoy! 
Recipe_Chickpea bruschetta pasta

BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN

Serves 2-3

Recipe_Bruschetta chicken

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • Half the bruschetta mixture

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Toss chicken breast in olive oil, salt, black pepper, and oregano.
  • Bake for 22-26 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Top with bruschetta mixture and enjoy.

ABOUT ANGELA WALLACE, MSC, RD, PTS

Angela Wallace bio pic

Angela Wallace is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, family food expert, and canfitpro certified personal trainer. She specializes in women’s health, with a focus on weight loss and family nutrition. She uses a ‘non dieting approach’ with her ultimate goal being to help people find a balanced lifestyle and healthy relationship with food. www.eatrightfeelright.ca

These recipes align with the guidelines found in canfitpro’s Heathy Eating & Weight Loss (HWL) certification program.  Learn more about how this program can help you and your clients fuel for optimal health.

The Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Coach course has changed my outlook on my lifestyle choices. I have a different mindset when I go grocery shopping and I am already making healthier choices, I can’t wait to use my new found knowledge to help my friends and family improve their lives as well. My PRO TRAINER was wonderful, she made sure that the course was very interactive and was able to answer all of our questions. The online course and manual are well structured and easy to follow.  I would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who is interested in making a positive change in their life.

----  S Mackie