broiled caprese tomatoes
alternate post title: just a mom day with yummy food
Yesterday we didn’t have much planned. No places to go, people to see or things to do. After breakfast Hunter, Norah (the 8 month old l I watch 3 days a week) and I walked to the park. It was a little bit sunny, but the grass was still damp from the dew overnight. Although I laid a blanket out, no one stayed on it. Why would they, there’s so much to explore at the park! So many sticks and pine cones to pick up! Some pictures:
It was so much fun. I spent most of the time chasing after Hunter. He was all over the place! Once home they both went down for naps and I started cutting out bibs. Around 11:30am I began to feel hungry for lunch, so instead of sitting down for that I made myself a little snack to tide me over for a bit (I like eating lunch with Hunter). I have tons of tomatoes from my sister in law Chelbe, so four of them got put to good use.
Caprese salad was on my mind, however, I didn’t have fresh basil or fresh mozzarella. No problem! I had dried herbs and
not fresh grated mozzarella on hand. There’s really no recipe for this – just more of a process.
Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper + a little drizzle of olive oil. Lay your tomato slices on top and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Add about 1 tbsp grated mozzarella on top of each slice, then generously sprinkle dried basil over them.
Broil at 500 degrees for about 5 minutes. I kept a close eye on them to make sure my cheese didn’t burn. Once the cheese was melted and beginning to slightly brown in a few spots I pulled them out.
The tomatoes were warm and everything was cooked perfectly together. Totally an acceptable snack to stand over the stove and eat straight from the pan. Actually, I highly encourage that. They make a great side and would be a wonderful appetizer to share as well. Just eat them when warm since they’re best then.
The rest of the day was pretty mellow. We played, I baked these pumpkin spice honey cookies (delish) and hung out as a family at home the rest of the evening.
Today it’s back to reality with BodyPump this morning, then sculpt and tone a little bit later. I’m excited to get a bit more moving in today and share the cookies I baked yesterday with a class.
How do you spend your day when you have nothing on the agenda? Are you a caprese fan?
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