Featured Recipe: Guacamole bruschetta
By: Nancy Blackmer, a registered dietitian at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill.
An easy to prepare, delicious low-fat, appetizer. The bruschetta can also be used as a topping to grilled chicken or fish, too.
Nancy enjoys adding avocado to her salads and sandwiches. Avocados are incredibly nutritious, containing heart healthy monosaturated fats and fiber, and as a result, can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They are delicious and easy to incorporate in your diet.
- ½ loaf French bread
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 medium avocados
- 2 medium sized tomatoes
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice the French bread on a diagonal into ½” rounds and place on baking sheet.
- Toast in oven for 3 minutes, then flip each piece over and toast an additional 3 minutes.
- Remove from oven and immediately gently rub one side of each slice with garlic clove.
- Brush the tops of each slice of the garlic rubbed toasts lightly with olive oil. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, onion, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. Mix together gently, making sure the avocado is well coated in the lime juice.
- When ready to serve, place a spoonful of bruschetta mixture on each piece of bread and serve.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 6 minutes
Yields 12 servings
Calories: 80 kcals
About the Author
Jennifer Benson, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs for Advocate Aurora Health. She has 10+ years of community development and communication experience for non-profits and has a BA in Architecture from Judson University in Elgin, IL. Outside of work, you can find her planning the next adventure near water or rocks, re-organizing spaces, working on her Master’s in Public Health, caring for her senior citizen cat, keeping to healthy moving and eating disciplines and growing green things wherever she can find room.