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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Skewers


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!


How are you doing with the New Year New You challenge? Are you on track both exercise wise and clean and healthy eating wise?

I've been dipping into the Salad Library over the last two weeks and there are some delicious meals in there. I came across the Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction pick that Natalie Langston chose, and decided to modify it for today's recipe!

I'm at a lot of events that have pass hors d'oeuvres and whenever the skewers of tomato with basil and mozzarella come by I get excited. They're such a clean crisp and refreshing bite that I can feel good eating, and I figured they'd be perfect for house parties and get togethers. No mess, one bite/mouthful, and most importantly: TASTY!

And honestly like the salad recipe says, the balsamic reduction makes the whole thing 10x better, and is simple to do.


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Make sure when you're getting the mozzarella for this dish that you look for the 100% Canadian Milk symbol on the package. I learned a while ago that if this symbol is missing it means that the cheese "can contain modified milk ingredients or milk ingredients imported from Europe, the United States and even as far away as New Zealand". Not only does buying cheese with the symbol guarantee that you'd getting a product from Canada exclusively, it also means you're supporting our farmers. It's great to know exactly what you're putting in your body!


Click through for recipe!...



INGREDIENTS:

-container of grape or cherry tomatoes (organic and BC grown preferred!)
-organic fresh basil leaves
-mozzarella (look for it in ball-shape with the 100% Canadian Milk logo)
-olive oil
-1 cup balsamic vinegar
-toothpicks or small skewers

INSTRUCTIONS:

To Make the Balsamic Reduction:

Take one cup of balsamic vinegar and place into a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil over low/medium heat and cook for 20mins (this will cause it to reduce and become thicker), partially cover pot.

Cool and drizzle at room temperature. Store excess sauce in fridge (covered).

To Make the Skewers:

Place one slice of cheese, a leaf of basil and a tomato on a toothpick/skewer.
Arrange on serving tray and drizzle LIGHTLY with a small amount of olive oil (optional) and the balsamic reduction.
Serve immediately!

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all photos by Christine McAvoy


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