Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sometimes I just need a snack.

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Let's talk about snacking.

We all do it.  Some of us more than others.  I find myself raising my hand sheepishly on this one.  Sometimes cooking a "real meal" is the last thing on my mind.  All I want to do is snack.  This recipe is just the right thing for those occasions.

I made this recipe last night to take to our church home community pot luck.  It was nice to have a food option that wasn't chips or brownies, but still not quite as boring as a basic crudite platter....because let's be honest...I really only like my crudites with plenty of dip, so the health benefits sort of get outweighed.  Anyway, here is the recipe.  Quick and easy.

Here is me showing you how much 
I love this stuff:


Oh...and I hope you all still like me after I posted this weirdo picture of myself mid-bite with nasty hair and zero makeup.  I contemplated not putting this up, but for the sake of honesty and being real I decided to keep it up.  Hope you'll still want to be friends with me on my grubby days.

Baked Feta with Marinara

INGREDIENTS:

*1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
*1 tsp. bottled minced garlic (-I chopped mine fresh - personal preference.)
*1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
*1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano drained
*1 (4 oz.) package crumbled feta cheese (I use the reduced fat version, to cut a bit extra and it's just as good.)
*chopped basil (whatever amount your little heart desires)
*32 (1/2 inch thick) slices French bread baguette (about 1 lb.) toasted

DIRECTIONS:

*Preheat oven to 350
*Combine first 4 ingredients.  Sprinkle feta evenly into a 6" gratin dish or small shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Top with Tomato mixture.  Sprinkle basil on top.  
*Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

*Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 2 bread slices and 2 Tbsp. spread)

Calories: 107
Fat: 2.4 g.
Protein: 4.1 g.
Carb: 16.9 g.



This is delicious and hit the spot.  Perfect for when you're feeling snacky.  Another option would be to spread this on Melba Toast or Rye Krisps which are also good low cal options.  

Hope you're all having a lovely week and making good healthy choices (hopefully you've been making enough for the both of us because my week has been total crap.  Ooops!  There's always tomorrow right?)!

xo

9 comments:

Katie said...

Lauren- These look REALLY good. And I love the grubby picture of you. :)

Kathy Haynie said...

Yum! Did you add extra basil? I see the package of fresh basil in the "ingredients" photo.

I agree about the raw veggies - I can never make myself get excited about them. I like this alternative!

Jenni said...

TOTALLY trying these this weekend!!!!

Micaela said...

OH YUM!!! i'm going to have to try this :)

Elizabeth said...

Yummy. Snacks are meals in my book.

Cherry Tree Lane said...

This looks so great and would be perfect for a get together I'm having soon!

Lisa Lou said...

YUM! need to try this. and I'm glad that you put that picture up. natural beauty!

dandelion daydream photography said...

mmm i love bruschetta.. and i LOVE feta! mm thank you!

grant + brittany said...

can't wait to try this! yum!!! thankyou so much!

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