Try this easy bruschetta recipe as a pre-dinner nosh.
In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup chopped and seeded plum tomato, 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (you can substitute red wine vinegar, if you prefer), 1 teaspoon capers, 1/2 tsp. raw sugar, 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper, 1/8 tsp. salt, and 10 thinly sliced basil leaves. Set aside.
Melt 2 teaspoons vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup sliced cremini mushrooms, 1/3 cup sliced shiitake mushroom caps, 1/3 cup sliced baby portobello mushrooms, 1/4 cup sliced green onions and 1 minced garlic clove; cook for 5 minutes. Combine the mushroom mixture and the tomato mixture.
Spread evenly over 8 (1/2-inch) thick, toasted baguette slices (that works out to about 2 tablespoons of topping per baguette slice; toast them real quick in a skillet for about a minute on each side). Top the slices evenly with 1/4 cup shredded or shaved vegan cheese in place of Parmesan - I used the vegan mozzarella from Galaxy Foods.
2 baguette slices are 150 calories.
plum tomato $0.90
cremini mushrooms $3.99
shiitake mushrooms $0.64
baby portobello mushrooms $0.56
vegan cheese $3.39
On another note, I attended a book launch tonight for the amazing Inner World of Farm Animals by Amy Hatkoff. If you do not already know of or own this book, run out and buy a copy now! A must-read for any animal lover.
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html