Nordic Health Bread Crostini with Blood Orange & Balsamic Glaze

Not only are my ancestors Norwegian but, I LOVE Nordic cuisine. They truly have the "eat what comes from the earth" thing down pat. So this oat and seed "bread" is a great segway into eating mindfully. Its a super nutritious alternative to regular wheat toasts. Did I mention my obsession for blood oranges? Well #citrusseason is in full swing and I cant get enough blood orange flavor in my life. So here is yet another fancy toast recipe :)

Blood Orange Crostini

So I know what you are thinking, is this truly seasonal? No... my choice of fresh basil is purely for flavor. Blood Orange and Basil is a match made in heaven. It makes my mouth react like when Ratattouie first discovered the flavor of cheese and grapes combined. (I will be really sad if anyone has not seen that Disney classic) You can totally sub the basil for a winter herb or completely omit. But if you want a non-seasonal item out of season... here is the way to do it:

Foraging Real Tip: If you want a flavor that's out of season, find one that's locally grown hydroponically. Most grocery stores will carry out of season produce, but it may be at the expense of importation. Not only will it probably cost you more, but it will be half as fresh from having to travel far to get to our stores. Not to mention, its transferred hands so many times there's no telling where its been. Hydroponic gardening is sustainable for the environment and becoming much more common, even in rural areas. So read the labels of what you are buying or ask someone from the produce section where the herb comes from! HINT: Most hydroponically grown herbs will be sold as a small plant with their roots attached sitting in water. (not the herbs in plastic clam shells in the refrigerated section) This is a win win because not only do they have clear markings of where they were grown but you get a whole plant for the price of some plant cuttings that wont last nearly as long! In short; When buying out of season herbs, local Hydroponic is the way to go.

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Fermented Yogurt Cheese is super easy to make and loaded with yummy probiotic goodness, but if you want to substitute here you can totally use goat cheese. Goat cheese has almost the same flavor but with a little more funk. Click the link above for the super simple recipe.

If you haven't made balsamic reduction/glaze before you have no idea what you are missing! It's got all that yummy Modena tang but its thicker, sweeter, richer and ready for the perfect drizzle. You can find this in the dressing/oil/vinegar section at the grocery store OR you can make it easily at home; In a pan or medium pot bring balsamic vinegar to a boil and add 1-2 tbsp sugar. Cook until it's reduced down to syrup consistency. store in a jar in the fridge for use! #balsamicreduction = cheese board game changer

Nordic Health Bread just might be your new favorite Gluten Free, Vegan, all REAL food vessel to use for avocado toast, super nutritious carb side, crackers, or a quick energy boost snack. Its made from oats and seeds that are packed with nutritious goodness so you really cant go wrong. Best of all it has no preservatives (besides salt) or mystery ingredients. You can make the loaf and slice as you want to use it or slice and bake for crisp crackers. It even comes out great it you throw them in the #dehydrator to preserve longer! As bread or crackers, keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If dehydrated it'll last much longer.

Print the recipe, do the thing, tag me @theconcreteforager and let me know what you think!


KARA'S
COOKING TIPS

#1 

Recipes are never rules!

Use your judgment; if you've made it before and it has worked by shaking not stirring, try it! If the recipe says something will brown after 12 minutes in the oven and your's hasn't browned yet, leave it until you think its brown enough. 

 

#2

Taste, taste, taste!

Any good chef will tell you to taste your food multiple times as you cook. Stick your spoon in and see if it tastes good. Is your food seasoned well? Can it use more salt or pepper? Would you like it if it were a bit sweeter? Everyone's palate is different, if you think it needs something; Go for it!

 

#3

Remember

Its just food... so have some fun!

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