I'm on a Caprese kick.
Part of the reason is because I'm following the Blood Type Diet and mozzarella is one of the only cheeses I'm "allowed" to eat. I must be honest and say that I do cheat here and there and snitch a piece of Brie or raw Herbed Monterey Jack once in a while. The occasional snitch isn't a problem, it's the regular partaking that's a no no. There aren't a whole lot of things I "can't" eat so it's not too hard. I'm focusing on the "beneficial" foods for my blood type and that's where I think the Blood Type Diet is really good. It's helping me eat more greens and good fish.
Back to "our story."
I'm still holding out for summer tomatoes. Local summer tomatoes. They just won't grow in my shady garden so I've given up. But there are plenty of places to buy them locally which supports my local farmers.
Meanwhile, I'm happy with tomatoes on the vine.
I'm SO not complaining.
I don't have to worry about radiation in my food.
Ahhh. Fresh Mozzarella. Fantastico!
My 11 year old L.O.V.E.S. mozzarella.
I make this for him frequently when I remember.
Basil. The taste of summer.
I admit I cheated here and used a "before" picture of my basil plant. It's not quite this..uh...lush shall we say?
It's much longer and the leaves are a bit smaller. But IT'S ALIVE and that's a major accomplishment for me.
Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella and arrange on a pretty plate.
It's all about pretty, folks. Pretty plates, pretty food. Presentation.
Presentation is half the battle. It helps your kids eat stuff when it looks nice.
Jullienne the basil. If you don't have fresh, just sprinkle some dried basil over the whole thing.
I'm constantly substituting ingredients. Use what ya have!
Grind some salt and pepper over the top.
Drizzle the cheese and tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, or with my easy dressing.
I often serve this as a side dish with dinner since we are only eating vegetables and protein for dinner.
There are never leftovers,
The Lunch Lady