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burrata and tomato toasts

22 Jul

photo (3)The best things in life are often the simple pleasures.

With the heat of the summer comes the opportunity to cool down in the kitchen.

With the stove turned off and less options at your fingertips, we have the opportunity to think simple, cool, refreshing meal thoughts.

This recipe is just that. 5 ingredients to a blissful lunch.

We used burrata for our cheese, a mozzarella stuffed with cream and a bombshell of flavor and deliciousness. You can use regular mozzarella, or other fresh cheeses you may have on hand.

We paired it with fresh tomatoes, basil, a smidge of olive oil, and added it to toasted gluten free bread. If you aren’t gluten free, try this on toasted ciabatta for a satisfying crunch!

Here’s how:

Serves 2 Prep Time: 3 minutes Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ball of burrata, sliced
  • 4 pieces of toast
  • 1/2 medium tomato, sliced
  • a few fresh basil leaves
  • drop of olive oil
  • a few grinds of pepper
  • 4 slices of gluten free bread, or ciabatta

Directions:

1. Prep your ingredients: Toast your bread, slice your burrata, rinse and slice your tomato, rinse your basil.

2. Assemble: Layer your toast with a few slices of burrata, some tomatoes, basil, drop of olive oil and some pepper.

3. Enjoy this simple meal and take in the summer breeze

cooking as beauty remedy

18 Mar

4361629413_9a561a3fcf_zCooking is a necessity, something we all have to do a few times a day to fuel our bodies.

Not only is cooking a method of fueling ourselves, it’s also a calming and centering activity, ultimately adding beauty to our lives.

Have you noticed that when you cook, you are in a constant flow of concentration? This feeling is often times called “flow,” a psychological theory coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who wrote a National Bestseller book on the topic.

According to Mihaly flow is defined as, “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

So if cooking provides us with fuel, and allows us to engage in “flow,” can you think of another benefit cooking bestows?

How about soft hands…

If you’ve ever made kale chips, roasted veggies or baked scones, your hands would have undoubtedly come in contact with some olive, coconut or canola oil, resulting in some very soft and healthy hands.

No need for store bought moisturizers, just get in your kitchen and cook up some food with your own two hands!

Remember, cooking not only brings about soft hands, but also encourages a clear, calm and centered way of life, enabling us to give, share and indulge in many of life’s simple pleasures.

Photo courtesy of letorri