Simple Pleasures

Keeping it simple goes a long long way when you A. live by yourself B. are between living situations C. are ballin on a budget and D. when you are craving something fresh & delicious but aren’t sure what. Since I fall into EVERY one of those categories, I have been a real simple girl lately. So I decided to share some of my most simple recipes in an effort to be your guide when you just can’t figure out what to eat. When in doubt, KISS [keep it simple stupid!]

And since it is hump day and generally we all get a little weary around Wednesday, I figured this would be a nice mid-week pick me up to prevent you from having to commit to cooking a full meal or worrying about dropping money on a meal out.

Caprese

Caprese is one of the easiest, most delicious, and elegant dishes you can throw together. All you need are some ripe tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and a handful of fresh basil. Although most of us already know and love this dish, it is actually a quite healthy choice – even with the cheese.

Mozzarella cheese is actually a great source of calcium, protein and a handful of other vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, biotin and vitamin B6. But if you are still skeptical about mozzarella, or any cheese for that matter, read the labels at the store to determine what type of milk is used. Skim milk will cut fat down by up to 15%.

I like to use roma tomatoes, however any good looking tomato will work for a caprese dish. When buying any produce, especially the thin skinned variety, I always shop organic to cut any potential pesticides from being ingested. Herbs – in my opinion – are best grown right in your own backyard. Basil plants are readily available at most grocery stores, and do very well in most regions of the country (if you live somewhere colder, you will want to keep yours inside in front of a window to get the light they need to flourish without exposing them to the severe cold).

Stay tuned for even more tasty simple dishes from my kitchen, up next I’ve got my Yellow Curry in a Hurry 🙂

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