Massaged Kale Bruschetta

Do you like an easy recipe? Do you like to impress your family and friends? Do you want to stay healthy and eat great food? I thought so.

These crispy small toasts are loaded with awesome flavors and textures.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 large baguette (egg-free), or any other whole grain bread item.
  • 1 large bunch of green kale, stripped and washed
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-3 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Cannellini Bean Sauce
  • Option: 1/2 avocado
  • Balsamic cream for drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Slice the baguette or cut your other bread into hand-held size slices and place on large oven safe pan.
  3. When oven is hot, place bread in oven and toast for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the bread as they may toast faster depending on the type of bread and the thickness of your slices.
  4. Make the Cannellini Bean spread (can be made ahead of time). Option: mix in 1/2 avocado for a richer spread.*
  5. Place washed and shredded kale in a large bowl.
  6. In a smaller bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic powder and maple syrup.
  7. Pour the vinegar mix over the kale and begin to massage through the kale pieces. Really get in there and massage vigorously for at least 2 minutes. You’ll begin to feel the kale break down and soften. When it’s to your taste liking, stop the massage!
  8. Assemble your Bruschetta: line up your toast slices and spread about 2 Tbls. of bean spread on each.
  9. Top with massaged kale pieces to cover the toast.
  10. Place 2 halves of cherry tomatoes on top of kale.
  11. When all toasts have been covered with above ingredients, drizzle the balsamic glaze liberally over all the bruschetta toasts.

Stand back and admire your work of art!

*The avocado will add calories and fat to this recipe.