Basil Scalloped Tomatoes and Croutons

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Hi there!

Today has been a great day. I attribute this to a few things: 1) Not having to chew my Green Monster this morning, 2) A great 4 mile run in between downpours of rain, 3) I finished all my Farmer’s market prep, and 4) I got some very exciting travel news (info to come later).

I do believe today’s run was quite possibly the most HUMID and uncomfortable run I have ever experienced in my life. I guessed the humidity to be about 99%. Eric’s words regarding this humid day were, ‘It was like walking through a waterfall, only much, much less fun than that sounds.’

The sticky run:

  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Time: 35:04 mins
  • Avg Pace: 8:46 min/mile
  • Max pace: 6:52 (sprinting at end)

 

Mile splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:14
  • Mile 2: 8:42
  • Mile 3: 8:42
  • Mile 4: 8:24

 

A beautiful negative split! With each negative split, they become a bit easier. For my post on how to run negative splits see here.

I was very thankful for two things: 1) Camelbak (I would not have been able to run today without a constant supply of cold water), and 2) Eric gave me his old Shuffle mp3 player (mine broke!) so I had my music.

Favourite running song today: ‘One Life Stand’ by Longo & Wainwright. It is a GREAT running song with a fun beat.

I had high hopes for tonight’s dinner recipe. Do you ever see a recipe and you say to yourself, ‘If this is as good as it looks my world will be forever be changed?’ That is how I felt when I saw Scalloped Tomatoes With Croutons. The only thing I had to do was veganize it- no problem, right!?

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Basil Scalloped Tomatoes and Croutons

This is hands down one of the best recipes I have ever made. You will not believe your taste buds when you try this casserole. Two notes: Do not remove sugar as it brings out the wonderful flavour in the tomatoes and two, don’t even think about leaving out the fresh basil. It made the entire dish! One thing I love about this recipe is the short ingredient list…it was so easy!

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s Scalloped Tomatoes With Croutons.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (reduced from original)
  • 3 slices Ezekiel bread or french bread, chopped into 1/2-inch croutons
  • 2 1/2 pounds tomatoes, diced (I used grape)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Sucanat or regular sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons Kosher salt (I used 1 tsp kosher sea salt)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly slivered basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup 3 minute vegan parmesan cheeze or regular Parmesan cheese

 

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bread cubes and mix well with oil so that they are evenly coated. Cook bread, stirring frequently, until crisp on all sides for about 5 mins.While the bread is toasting, combine tomatoes, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. When the bread cubes are crisp, add the tomato mixture to the skillet, stirring frequently for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the basil. Pour into a 1.5 qrt/1.4 litre shallow baking dish and top with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 35 minutes until the top is golden. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving as the tomatoes are VERY hot! (Yes, I burned my tongue! haha). Serves 2-4.

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The cooking process in pictures…

Instead of French bread I used 3 slices of Ezekiel bread and kept the crusts in. This simple switch added 3 servings of whole grains!

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For the tomatoes I used organic grape tomatoes. If you can get your hands on some grape tomatoes, I highly recommend using them in this dish. They had the most amazing flavour that went so well with the basil!

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To speed up the process, I tossed the tomatoes into the food processor and pulsed for 3-5 seconds. I left some whole and some diced. It worked perfectly!

The tomatoes, kosher sea salt, Sucanat, pepper, and garlic:

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After adding it to the crisped Ezekiel croutons:

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Look at the fresh basil Eric gave me last night!

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He went to his coworker’s in laws house and they sent Eric home with bags and bags of fresh produce from their garden. Wait until I show you the pictures tomorrow! As soon as he walked into the door last night I said, ‘Is that fresh BASIL I smell?’

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Yes, yes it was. I loved that this dish called for a 1/2 cup of it. The more, the merrier.

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There is honestly no better smell than fresh basil.

After the above cooks for just 5 minutes, stir in chopped basil and scoop into a 1.5 qrt./ 1.4 litre casserole dish. This size fit perfectly, but of course use whatever you have on hand.

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Confession: I tried a bite because it smelled so good and I burned my tongue on a tomato with a sizzling hot core. Ouch! It was worth it though. So much so that I burned my mouth again when it came out of the oven!

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I wish I could give you some right now so you could understand my delight.

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Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 35 mins at 350F.

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It was so good I had two bowls and I probably would have had more if I could have fit another bite in my belly.

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This recipe is definitely in my top 5 dinner recipes! It is a perfect summer casserole.

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Eric loved it too and asked me to ‘make it once a week’…lol.

Winner of the HLS Charity Raffle

First up, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in my Healthy Living Summit charity raffle for the Canadian Cancer Society. This raffle raised $220! I surpassed my goal of reaching $6,500.

I numbered how many tickets the person purchased beside their name and then I used Random Number Integer to draw the random number. Odds were 1 in 31.

random thumb   Basil Scalloped Tomatoes and Croutons I am happy to congratulate Dawn W. as the winner of the ticket!

Congrats Dawn, I am looking forward to meeting you in August! Please email me (angela@ohsheglows.com) and we will take care of the ticket transfer.

 

 

See you tomorrow morning before the market for an Oatmeal Cookie Vegan Overnight Oats recipe and pictures of our 1st food collage!

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Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete July 23, 2010

That looks absolutely gorgeous and great tasting!

i hate humid runs myself, but you are such a trooper for running in it! I bet you drank a huge glass of water afterwards too!!

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Patti July 23, 2010

That looks delicious! I’m making it as soon as I can! I don’t know how you ran today in that humidity! It was so humid, it fogged up my glasses every time I went outside from the air conditioning!!!!!

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Callie July 23, 2010

That dinner looks so tasty. :)
I tend to give in and skip my workouts on sweaty humid days. Then I’ll have that guilty feeling all day. Nice run, even in the heat.

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Jessica @ Rawtumn July 23, 2010

Yum! That looks fantastic and really similar to something my mom always made growing up actually. Now I want it! Love your use of Ezekiel bread and vegan parmesan cheeze! <3 Can't wait to see how your first food collage turned out! And Congrats Dawn! =D

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Krystina July 23, 2010

Few thing are better than fresh basil! Mmm, herbs.

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christina cadden July 23, 2010

I hate runs like that! But that food looks amazing!

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Jennifer July 23, 2010

I have been thinking about this recipe ever since I saw it on the Smitten Kitchen website. Definitely going to make it now!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) July 23, 2010

going out and buying tomatoes TONIGHT just for this! :)

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tanyasdailyproductreviews July 23, 2010

tomatoes and basil….perfect match

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Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 23, 2010

The smell of fresh basil makes me weak at the knees. This kind of reminds me of my favorite pizza: margharita…only casserole-like :)

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 23, 2010

Alrighty! I bookmarked the page and I will hopefully be able to make the casserole next weekend. I’m excited :)

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Chantal July 23, 2010

This has very little to do with your post (except maybe the last sentence, which made me look forward to tomorrow) but just tried your chocolate cherry bomb VOO for the first time today and WOW. Yum :) Thanks for sharing as always!

I even tried to make them as purdy as yours:
http://eatdancelive.blogspot.com/2010/07/his-hers.html

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holly @ couchpotatoathlete.wordpress.com July 23, 2010

I can’t wait to see your collage! I bet it is beautiful.

Grape tomatoes are my favorite tomatoes — they are so cute! I will have to try that recipe, all I need are grape tomatoes, basil, and a few other things. :) I have the ezekial bread though!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 23, 2010

I just saw this recipe on smitten kitchen and yours looks just as good as hers!

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Julie @SavvyEats July 23, 2010

Oh my goodness. I MUST make this.

And yes, fresh basil is the BEST. That’s why I have 12 plants of it in the garden… 4 Thai, 8 Genovese basils ;)

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Rachael July 23, 2010

Delicious looking recipe! I just got a ton of tomatoes from a Vermont farmer’s market’s last call, and now I have an idea of what to do with them. Tomato and basil, you can do no wrong!

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Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana July 23, 2010

Is it odd that the only thing that’s sticking in my head is wondering how many ants may have crawled into your delicious looking meal while it was on the grass? ;)

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Casey @ Insatiably Healthy July 23, 2010

Love the short ingredient list of that recipe! It looks super easy and best of all super affordable! :)

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Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' July 23, 2010

What a beautiful casserole! I wish I could taste it through my computer screen right now!!!

I’ll definitely be making this soon! Thanks for sharing!

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Emily July 23, 2010

Wow, this recipe looks INCREDIBLE. Soooo going to make this with my mom on one of your girls nights…she and I are obsessed with tomatoes and our basil plant outside it taking over!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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Sabina July 23, 2010

Awww… I was hoping this post would contain your travel plans. Tease! ;-)

That tomato recipe looks AWESOME! We have SO MUCH fresh basil in our garden, I just might try your recipe this weekend. We’re banning oven use during the summer/heat, so I’m going to try it on the BBQ (if possible). I’ll keep you posted!

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Jaime July 23, 2010

We have a lot of tomatoes and a lot of basil… I think I will be making this soon. :-)

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Allison @ Food For Healing July 23, 2010

uh i’ve just got one word *drool* lol

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Noelle July 23, 2010

Yum! That DOES look good. I showed it to the hubs and he said, “Wow, anything with croutons and cheese sounds good!” I am trying tomorrow! Thanks!

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Jessica July 23, 2010

It’s so weird to see a recipe from one blog I read on another blog I read! I will definitely have to try this now, I already had it bookmarked after I read Smitten Kitchen the other day.

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Diana @ VEGeneration July 23, 2010

Yum!! I wonder if this would also taste good with eggplant instead of tomatoes! It could be a twist on eggplant lasagna. :D

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Wei-Wei July 23, 2010

Did you sprinkle it with vegan cheese? This looks so delicious. Bookmarked, truly!

Wei-Wei

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April Nguyen July 23, 2010

I started reading your post and thought…hmm…that looks familiar, is it…yes! It’s from smitten kitchen! I love her website, also! And I totally want to try this recipe now that it has been approved from a trusted source :) Have a great night!

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Katy S. July 23, 2010

This is on my menu plan for tomorrow. I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to make it. I secretly hope that my husband doesn’t like it so I will have it all to myself (evil cackle)…

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Natalie S. July 23, 2010

I just wrote an entry about this recipe too! Sooo delicious, and is enhances the flavor of these vegetables beautifully. Can’t wait to make it again :)

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Chelsey July 23, 2010

Okay, so this is definitely going to be a recipe I make for FH after we get married to impress him with my mad skills (there i go again) in the kitchen! This looks soooooooooooooo good!!! You just totally made my day – and I had a really great one!

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Lynna July 23, 2010

ahh when i saw that recipe on smitten kitchen, i thought the same thing you did. so glad you gave it a good review and showed a vegan variation. i’ll have to make it as soon as i can get my hands on some really good tomatoes!

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Anne July 24, 2010

That looks so unbelievably good! I remember making tomato sauces and soups with a bit of bread in them…wauv. Trying to wrap my brain around a version that I could eat – otherwise I’m making it for the bf just to watch him eat it, hahaha…Beautiful pictures too!

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Rosey Rebecca July 24, 2010

This recipe may change my life. The pictures have already made me hungry! Can’t wait to try it. :-)

I hate humidity. Glad you had a great run though!

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 24, 2010

I’m heading out on a run in the humidity soon…it’s going to be killer! I love the scalloped tomatoes idea. I used to love scalloped potatoes, so these look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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Kendel July 24, 2010

I’ve added this to my Recipe Wish List! Looks and sounds delicious!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 24, 2010

This looks amazing! My basil has literally taken over my garden, so this is a perfect way to use it up.

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Kelly July 24, 2010

oooo! I have to make that soon! All of my favorites in one dish, how could you go wrong?? :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet July 24, 2010

That dish looks delicious and I’m not even a huge fan of tomatoes.

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Amber K July 24, 2010

That looks beautiful! I hate it when I burn my tongue though, I can never taste things right for the rest of the day! If I get myself good, two days.

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