A Caprese salad is a classic comfort food of mine, so I decided to kick it up a notch and add avocado…and then roast it. So yummy. A combination like this is always my answer for a quick snack or an easy light lunch. As an advocate for plant-based eating, I think it’s so important to be very purposeful in having meals that feature only plants.
Let me tell you a few advantages of eating this way:
- You learn to really taste your food. You learn what good avocados and good tomatoes taste like. Most people who say they don’t like tomatoes may be only eating winter grocery store tomatoes – yuck. But, when you eat good, ripe, summer tomatoes…yum! When you can’t have summer tomatoes, go for the cherry or grape tomatoes, they will give you the best flavor.
- You will fill your body with phytonutrients. I know, that’s a fancy word. Sure, you could pop a multivitamin, but you’ll never get the real benefits from plants if you don’t eat them. You see, scientists have never been able to extract and box up all of the phytonutrients that have all of those health-promoting properties – only whole foods give you that.
- It may just encourage you to eat more plants. Getting in the habit of making plant-based meals increases your knowledge and comfort level of cooking vegetables and fruits.
This yummy dish comes together in just minutes, but don’t try and make it early, you need this to be fresh. It also might be fun to add any other toppings you like, such as capers, olive, or herbs. Once you get the hang of a recipe, you can add anything you want.