Watermelon Sandwich

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Ingredients:

  • round slices of watermelon
  • fresh mozzarella cheese (round slices)
  • reduced balsamic vinegar*
  • fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Take two round slices of watermelon. Lay 1 slice of cheese between the watermelon slices.
  2. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the watermelon.
  3. Top with basil and serve.

*How to make reduced balsamic vinegar: Boil 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar for 10 minutes. The 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar should be reduced to 1-2 tablespoons.

**Sandwiches may be warmed (to melt the cheese) if desired.

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Eggplant-Parmesan Toast

Eggplant-Parmesan Toast

Eggplant-Parmesan Toast

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized eggplant
  • 1 slice fresh mozzarella cheese (any type of cheese besides cheddar works)
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 slice tuscan/sourdough bread
  • 1 tbsp marinara sauce
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Wash the eggplant. Wrap it in aluminum foil drizzled with oil and bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  2. When cooked, remove the skin of the eggplant and mash with a fork in a bowl.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a pan, and sauté the onion and garlic.
  4. After a few minutes, add the tomatoes and cook for five minutes.
  5. Add the eggplant to the mix and cook for 5 more minutes.
  6. Sprinkle the salt and pepper atop the eggplant.
  7. Spread the eggplant on top of a slice of bread so the eggplant covers the entire slice.
  8. Next, spread the marinara sauce atop the bread. Place the cheese slice on top of the bread.
  9. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on the bread and toast until the cheese melts. Serve when hot.

*Remaining eggplant can be used to create more eggplant-parmesan toasts.

Spicy + Sweet: The Ultimate Apple

Ingredients:

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  • Tuscan Bread (any sourdough bread works)
  • 1 apple, peeled and sliced
  • Jack-Pepper/Jalapeño cheese (any spicy cheese works)
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard (sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Marinate the apple slices in agave syrup, olive oil, mustard, and lemon juice for at least 1/2 hour.
  2. Place the marinated apple slices on a piece of bread.
  3. Top the apple slices with any (spicy tastes better) cheese slices.
  4. Toast the bread slice in the oven until the cheese melts completely.

*Serve hot.