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Roasted Broccoli and Turmeric Goat Cheese Crostini + One Day at a Time
October 10, 2016 in Appetizer · Gluten-Free · Nut-Free · Vegetables · 18 Comments

Roasted Broccoli and Turmeric Goat Cheese Crostini {heartbeet kitchen blog}

I’m in the midst of a busy month of work travel. The days have been incredibly exciting and long at the same time, trying to complete projects while on and off the road. At the moment I’m home, thinking about the zillion things on my plate (which I did to myself) while sitting outside the CVS Minute Clinic….. as I’ve woken up the last two days with pink, itchy, and watery eyes. Pink eye, it has to be, as I vividly remember the situation when I was young, unable to go to school because it’s contagious.

What I know is only something annoying rather than serious, a pit in my stomach surfaced as I drove here. My fingers clutched the steering wheel harder. Thinking the worst can be an issue for me, as we commonly do when things don’t feel quite right. “What if my vision is going? What if there’s an infection in my eye that has caused permanent damage? What if I won’t be able to see, and do LIFE?”

Uncertainty. Answers, or results that are out of my control. These types of situations are what I’ve come to realize have a domino effect for me, leading to racing thoughts and anxiety. Generalized anxiety, yes. But a real thing. Maybe it happens to you too. I’m more aware now than I ever have been (through lots of work with myself and therapist), to recognize when this journey down the rabbit hole starts to shift. When I’m aware, I can stop and evaluate, to find the beginning of the thoughts that were the culprit of the spiral, but hide amongst all the emotions. This time it’s the excitement and energy of my schedule, covering up the overwhelmed feelings of actually accomplishing everything it’s composed of….. that then led to a case of “must be the worst” with the pink eye, and complete distraction from what was on actually my mind. See how it plays tricks like that?

So I go to the mantra that always helps me, that sounds so cliche, yet it works. ONE DAY AT A TIME, one task at a time. If I have one focus each day, my thoughts can’t race to the next 6. And when I do that, I can go from start to finish. Instead of stalling and starting, stalling and starting, and sitting there at 9pm deciding how early I need to get up the next day to finish. 

Maybe you can relate, maybe this helps you too. And maybe not. But thank you for letting me feel comfortable enough to share everything about life in this space, not just really wholesome food. xo

Roasted Broccoli and Turmeric Goat Cheese Crostini {heartbeet kitchen blog}healthy appetizer: Roasted Broccoli and Turmeric Goat CheeseThese Toasts:

Are made with a classic flavor combination in mind: broccoli and cheese sauce. Except! they have several more layers of flavor and textures, and are a bit more sophisticated.

First starting with the olive oil toasted bread, the crunch component.
Moving onto to the creamy, peppery, tangy, goat cheese.
Topped with earthy, crispy roasted broccolinni (regular broccoli works too, but the thinner stalks and smaller florets make it easier to eat on a crostini).

I find turmeric has a taste that is best eased into, kind of like whiskey…frequently hearing“ I tried turmeric in a golden milk latte (or curry), but didn’t care for it. Too strong and bitter, for me.” Which it certainly can be if your tastebuds aren’t used to that profile. So my thought was to tame down the turmeric flavor without using less, I’d combine it with goat cheese, which is tart and tangy, thus absorbing some of the bitterness. (I like using a combination of MegaFood’s Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder because it has even more components like holy basil leaf, as well as their harvest fruit and fresh fruit blends, plus a little more ground turmeric for a deeper orange color.) And because black pepper must be used in conjunction for turmeric to release its full health benefits,* that would be the forward flavor punch of the spread.

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The end result was these golden tartines, easy to make as well as quite stylish. I see them being the perfect appetizer for a dinner party, or family feast. You can make the turmeric goat cheese and broccoli the day before, then toast the bread right before serving. As the toasts on the plate dwindle, I’ll bet you’ll have some friends ready to jump on that golden bandwagon, trust me. Xo

Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by MegaFood as part of my participation in their Ambassador program. I am a strong believer in their farm to tablet philosophy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Roasted Broccoli and Turmeric Goat Cheese Crostini {heartbeet kitchen blog}Roasted Broccoli and Turmeric Goat Cheese Crostini {heartbeet kitchen blog}

Roasted Broccolini and Turmeric Goat Cheese Crostini
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small bunch of broccolini (or broccoli), trimmed into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 1 scoop MegaFood Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Gluten-Free or Regular Baguette, cut in ½ inch slices on the diagonal
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut broccoli into small florets, and toss with olive oil and salt. Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway through, until tender and browned.
  2. Meanwhile, add goat cheese, turmeric boost, turmeric, garlic powder, black pepper. Mix together in food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  3. When broccoli is done, set aside and place pan of bread in the oven. Bake for 6-10 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool.
  4. To assemble, spread goat cheese mixture (a good tablespoon or more, don’t skimp) on top of toasts, then top with broccoli. Serve.

Roasted Broccoli and Turmeric Goat Cheese Crostini {heartbeet kitchen blog}

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18 thoughts on “Roasted Broccoli and Turmeric Goat Cheese Crostini + One Day at a Time

  1. Ruby

    What a classy little crostini! I think I need to whip up a batch of this goat cheese spread and keep it on hand for emergency snacks. Also I completely feel you with blowing little things out of proportion- I do the same thing EVERY time I start to feel sick. It definitely helps to locate the reasoning behind the anxiety- and to not google symptoms. Just never.
    Good luck with all the exciting things you’re doing!!
    xo

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  2. DessertForTwo

    I hope you’re feeling better! And I think we all need to remember this mantra. There’s a special kind of chaos that comes with blogging…balancing an online life with a real life. It’s mega hard. No guilt.

    Love you (almost as much as I love these cheesy little toasts topped with all of my favorite things!)

    xo

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  3. Em

    These are the most charming little toasts. I think I’m in that turmeric-skeptical camp. I REALLY want to like it, but I haven’t found *the* thing that makes it sing to me. Which saddens me because I like to think I’ve got a pretty badass palate. These have me convinced to have a run at it again. And I feel you on taking a minute. The to-do list can become such a burden. Let it go, sister. You’ve go much greatness going on!

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  4. Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    Ugh I know that scenario all too well – I always let my mind take over and escalate situations into something way more than they are. Hope you are feeling better and slowing down when needed. Also, the gif you posted on socials for this recipe was mesmerizing and gorgeous – I couldn’t stop watching! <3

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      Our minds work against sometimes, but they can also be trained. :) So glad you liked the GIF! Had to capture myself noshing on these as I photographed. Too good.

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  5. Tessa | Salted Plains

    I can totally relate. 100%. I actually have a sign up in my office for the kids I see that says ‘ONE DAY AT A TIME’. It is certainly a good reminder for me and I hope for them as well. Love these creative power toasts! I have been trying to help my mom boost her diet with healing foods and this is going on the list. xoxo

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