Watermelon Crostini Recipe

Hey there, friends. I hope you all are staying well. It’s an interesting time in history we are all walking through. Amidst all the crazy and chaos, I do find a sense of normalcy in my kitchen. I think it’s little things like our morning cup of coffee or cooking up something delectable, that keeps us afloat. A sprinkle of hope.

I haven’t worked on the craft of recipe production in quite some time. However, sometimes you get inspired and these things write themselves.

Awhile back, I had the most delicious appetizer at a restaurant. One of those that has you snapping a pic to post to your Instagram stories. It was so delicious, that I decided to recreate its deliciousness to enjoy at home.

Enter, Watermelon Crostini.

Mind you, the version of this appetizer was slightly different at the restaurant I first had it at. I tweaked it and made it quick and easy to whip up on a humid summer night.

I’ll stop the rambling and present you with this ridiculously easy recipe, in all of its impressive, gourmet glory!

Watermelon Crostini Recipe

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • French bread, sliced thin
  • 1 cup watermelon, petite diced
  • Fresh basil, sliced
  • 3 TBS balsamic reduction

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice French bread or a baguette the desired amount of crostini.
  2. Brush with extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees till crispy and golden.
  4. Dice watermelon and spoon onto toasted bread.
  5. Sprinkle with fresh basil.
  6. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.

Note: You can either make your own balsamic reduction/glaze or you can buy it pre-made at the grocery store. I buy mine already made to keep this recipe quick and simple for hosting guests.

I hope you find this recipe delightfully refreshing, for both body and soul. If you make this recipe, be sure to tag me! Happy cooking!

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A Trip to Trader Joe’s 

Aaaaahhh Trader Joe’s.

You know…going to Trader Joe’s feels less like an errand, and more of an event. In fact, you could make a whole girl’s night or date night out of it. Start in the flower section (they have the best, fresh florals) and work your way up each aisle, picking up whatever strikes your fancy. Take home your unique goodies, have a “tasting”, and watch some Netflix. Bam. Consider your Saturday night planned. 👌🏼

I typically do most of my grocery shopping at Publix, and then get fun speciality items at Trader Joe’s. But this past week, I decided to do something I’ve never done before. I bought a week’s worth of food soley at Trader Joe’s. Not only was it a delicious success, but we came in well under budget. Win!

Even though Trader Joe’s is a relatively small market, it is fully stocked with unique foods. You wouldn’t know it by looking at it. But once you start perusing the aisles, you’ll find yourself reaching for item after item. Curiosity and adventure fill the shelves. I’m really quite obsessed.

Sooooo how about I cease the rambling and oodling, and simply share my favorite Trader Joe’s goodies that you need on your grocery list.

1. Mini Blueberry Tea Scones

Deliciously moist, I tend to crave these! With coffee or tea, you’ll feel like you’re at a coffee shop right in your own abode.


2. Organic Roasted Vegetable Pizza

This pizza is hands down the best frozen pizza ever! It legit tastes like it’s from a restaurant. They don’t skimp on the veggies and the crust is just the right thickness. Why am I not surprised that this pizza is imported from Italy? 🇮🇹

3. Organic Popping Corn

I love making homemade popcorn on the stove. These kernels make for crispy snacking and numerous batches of the favorite movie night treat. I make mine with olive oil, and no butter. A sprinkling of salt and parmesan cheese is all you need. #healthysnack

4. Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Slices

Ohmygoodness. These are a delight! They’re great when you need a bite of chocolate! They’re rather refreshing too! Find these in the frozen dessert aisle.

5. Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread

This is Billy and I’s latest obsession. I know, we are a little late to the game. But, seriously. Bread that tastes good, and isn’t loaded with sugar. Protein? It’s got 3 grams per slice. Fiber? 2 grams per slice. It’s based off of the Bible verse Ezekiel 4:9. You can find this at Trader Joe’s in the bread section, or at other natural food stores.


6. Eucalyptus 

No trip to Trader Joe’s is complete without some fresh eucalyptus. I simply can’t help myself. Fragrant and beautiful. Arrange some in a large jar, or hang a bundle from your shower head for some aroma therapy during your shower.

That’s all for now, folks! I could go on endlessly, but I thought I’d keep this list concise.

Remember, fall is just around the corner! Trader Joe’s will soon have pumpkin everythang! They’re pumpkin spice flavored coffee is a personal fav. The wait will be hard, but it will be worth it. 🍁