Whether it’s cold for breakfast or ordered at 2 o’ clock in the morning, nothing spells college cuisine quite like pizza. However, it’s no secret that having Papa John’s number on speed dial could contribute to the dreaded Freshman 15 and put a strain on your wallet. To spice up your diet, try making bruschetta. It even includes your two favorite foods: bread and cheese.
Bruschetta is the perfect snack or meal to make in your dorm room. It only uses 6 ingredients, a cutting board and a knife to prepare. It’s also a fresher, healthier version of pizza that will delight your taste buds, without adding to your waistline. After seeing how delicious and easy bruschetta is to make, your love affair with pizza may just become a thing of the past. Since this is such a cheesy dish, make sure you clean up when you’re done or you’ll need a strong rodent repellent to get rid of any mice that come looking for scraps.
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 baguette (a roll, slices of bread or chips will work also)
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinaigrette
- 1 ½ tablespoon of chopped basil
Makes enough for you and your roommate
- Chop your tomatoes into small pieces and put them in a bowl.
- Mince 1 clove of garlic and 1 ½ tablespoon of basil, place them in the bowl along with the tomatoes.
- Pour 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinaigrette over the tomatoes, garlic and basil. Stir until all ingredients are mixed and evenly covered with the vinaigrette. Set aside.
- Cut your baguette into 8 slices that are ½” wide, place on plates.
- Spoon bruschetta onto baguette slices, top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Bruschetta is a very versatile dish and can be served on baguette discs, tortilla chips, pita or even slices of bread, if that’s what you have in your dorm room. Store all of your ingredients, except for bread in your mini-fridge. If you have made more than you can eat, the tomato, basil, garlic and vinaigrette mixture can be stored in your fridge for 2 to 3 days and still taste fresh.
Bruschetta is a great meal to get creative with as well. Play around with the ingredients to find your favorite balance of mozzarella, vinaigrette, basil and garlic. Also, for different flavors, try adding chopped onions or parmesan cheese. You can also try lightly topping your bread with olive oil or use other dressing instead of vinaigrette.
Diversifying your diet and eating less pizza seems like an impossible feat for any college student. It seems even harder than making it to class on time after a late night of “studying”. However, substituting pizza for bruschetta will make this easier and more delicious, not to mention healthier. So, the next time you’re in your dorm room studying and need a snack, reach for the fridge and not the delivery menu. Make