Bruschetta

Fresh tomato's make this a great summer snack!

Bruschetta (bruu skay ttah), an ideal way to consume the delicious fresh tomato’s off the vine, paired with basil and olive oil!

Can be made on Grill, or in the oven under the  broiler.

 

 

 

  • Baguette 1/2 inched round slices
  • Tomatoes Roma or Cherry ( diced. Season to taste with salt and pepper)
  • 3 Garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 12 Basil leaves shredded
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Place sliced bread rounds directly onto a warm fire on the grill and allow to evenly brown on both sides. Or, place sliced bread rounds onto a cookie sheet and evenly toast both sides under broiler (about 90 seconds per side).

Remove bread from grill or oven.

Take a whole peeled single garlic clove and rub it onto one side of each bread slice.

Arrange bread slices onto a platter and place one spoonful of freshly seasoned diced tomatoes onto each bread slice.

Generously drizzle EVOO over each tomato covered sliced bread

Top off each tomato sliced bread with generous amounts of shredded basil.

Get Creative and add roasted peppers, roasted eggplant or olives to your tomato’s or serve on separate

Tomato's combined with olives

toasted bread drizzled with olive oil.

Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis Diet Tips

 
Diverticula are small pouches in the wall of the digestive tract. They occur when the inner layer of the digestive tract bulges through weak spots in the outer layer. (This is similar to what happens when an inner tube bulges through a tire.) People who have these pouches are said to have diverticulosis. Sometimes one or more of these pouches becomes inflamed or infected, a condition called diverticulitis. Some people with diverticulosis become aware of the condition only when diverticulitis occurs.
Diverticulosis is a very common condition in the United States.
Diverticulosis is more common in developed or industrialized countries, such as the United States, England, and Australia, where the typical diet is low in fiber and high in highly processed carbohydrates, diverticulosis is common. Diverticulosis first appeared in the United States in about 1900. This was the same time that processed foods were first introduced into the US diet.
Diverticulosis is much less common in countries of Asia and Africa, where the typical diet is high in fiber. (For more information on diverticulitis, check with the Mayo Clinic at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticulitis-diet/HQ00548)

Most people recover from diverticulitis without problems if they receive appropriate treatment. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis can be prevented by changes in lifestyle and habits.

Diverticulosis is thought to be caused by increased pressure on the intestinal wall from inside the intestine. As the body ages, the outer layer of the intestinal wall thickens. This causes the open space inside the intestine to narrow. Stool (feces) moves more slowly through the colon, increasing the pressure. Hard stools, such as those produced by a diet low in fiber or slower stool “transit time” through the colon, can further increase pressure. Frequent, repeated straining during bowel movements also increases pressure and contributes to formation of diverticula.
Diverticulosis in developed countries is blamed largely on the typical diet, which is low in fiber. For more information on Diverticulosis.

Diet Plan for Diverticulitis

  1. Grains
    enriched refined white bread, buns, bagels, english muffins
    plain cereals e.g. Cheerios, Cornflakes, Cream of Wheat, Rice Krispies, Special K
    arrowroot cookies, tea biscuits, soda crackers, plain melba toast
    white rice, refined pasta and noodles
    avoid whole grains as the seeds can get add to the inflammation within the intestine.
  2. Fruits:
    fruit juices except prune juice
    applesauce, apricots, banana (1/2), cantaloupe, canned fruit cocktail, grapes, honeydew melon, peaches, watermelon
    avoid raw and dried fruits, raisins and berries.
  3. Vegetables:
    Vegetable Juices
    Potatoes no skin
    beets, green/yellow beans, carrots, celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, green/red peppers, potatoes (peeled), squash, zucchini
    avoid vegetables from the cruciferous family such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard etc
  4. Meat and Protein Choice:
    Well done, tender meat (lean), fish (wild caught) high in Omega 3 which will reduce inflammation within intestine. eggs
    Avoid beans & lentils
    Avoid all nuts and seeds, as well as foods that may contain seeds (such as yogurt)
  5. Dairy
    Two servings per day skim or 1% milk
  6. FATS
    Avoid saturated fats such as butter, margarine, Trans Fats, mealt high in fat content.
    MCT oil is most gentle on the intestine. You can also try plant oils. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, canola, avocado and peanut oils.

By: K. Crocker

Simple Spaghetti Basil & Tomato Sauce

Simple Spaghetti Basil & Tomato Sauce

1 medium onion

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil  (EVOO)

28 oz tomato sauce

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup milk

10 Basil leaves

120 grams Spaghetti

In a large pan bring 1 quart of water to boil.

In a medium size pan, sauté onion in olive oil for 5 minutes on medium low.

Add tomato sauce, salt, milk (helps to reduce acidity of sauce which comes from the processed seeds.)

Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Add basil leaves to sauce at end of simmering time.

 

Place Spaghetti in large pan of boiling water and allow to boil for time indicated. Drain water from spaghetti.

Serve Spaghetti with a 1/4 c of sauce

Add Parmesan cheese on top for a delicious bite of dinner!

 

 

Nutrition Facts  Cal 149  Cal from fat 125   Sodium 391mg  Carbohydrate 48g

Note: The fat in this recipe contains heart healthy alimentary fat made of  monosaturated fat (oleic acid) and polyphenols.

 

By:  Kimberly Crocker