Chicken Bruschetta with Crispy, Garlic Cauliflower

Something amazing happened tonight, my 6-month old played contently by himself on the floor long enough for my husband and I to eat dinner – at the same time! This has pretty much not happened since he was born as one of us usually has to entertain Max while the other eats.  Luckily, I had planned something simple, yet delicious for tonight!

Which is where this bruschetta comes in. There is nothing better than fresh bruschetta. Tomatoes, basil and balsamic is the best combination ever – and this meal captures that perfectly.

The bruschetta can be made in advance and only gets better with time. You can of course make extra to top pizza, eggs, pasta or just about anything else you have in your fridge.  Or you can make extra to eat straight out of the bowl.

bruschetta chicken with garlic cauliflower

Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves of minced garlic
4 small tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
8 basil leaves
3 cups cauliflower florets
salt & pepper to taste

Begin by heating the oil in a pan and browning the garlic. Remove from heat before the garlic burns.

Chop tomatoes and basil leaves – place in small bowl. Pour half of the olive oil and garlic into bowl. Toss with balsamic vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

bruschetta

Pre-heat a grill pan and lightly season chicken to your preference. Simply grill chicken until cooked through.

For cauliflower, sauté over medium heat until tender – about eight minutes. For the last few minutes, add remaining garlic and oil. Adding the oil and garlic at the end ensures that garlic does not burn and become bitter.

Serve chicken with bruschetta on top, cauliflower on the side.

bruschetta chicken with garlic cauliflower

Enjoy!

Strawberry S’mores and Peanut Butter S’mores

S’mores are one of my all-time favorite desserts and luckily for me we usually have everything on hand to make them. And while the classic graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow combination is delicious – I like to mix mine up. In place of a fancy dessert this New Years Eve we made two kinds of s’mores, peanut butter and strawberry.

You can of course make any combo you’d like – PB&J, cinnamon and chocolate chips, cinnamon sugar, bacon (my husband’s suggestion), apple pie….

s'mores

Note, this is what happens when you have a fussy baby and can’t go out to a party. You get excited about something as simple as s’mores and cheap champagne.

And if you are talking about s’mores…

Ingredients:
4 sheets graham crackers
4 marshmallows
1/2 dark chocolate chocolate chips (this is what we had on hand)
2 sliced strawberries
2 tablespoons peanut butter

Set your oven to broil.

On a baking sheet lined with foil, layout the graham cracker halves. Four halves with marshmallows and the other four with the chocolate or peanut butter combo you prefer.

s'mores

Set the baking sheet under the broiler until the marshmallows have turned golden and the chocolate begins to melt. Pull from the oven and assemble the s’mores – don’t forget the sliced strawberries!

s'mores

Enjoy!