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Appetizers & Side Dishes

Blueberry Ricotta Bruschetta

Blueberry ricotta bruschetta is the perfect simple, yet fancy appetizer for any occasion! Made with on french bread with blueberries, ricotta, honey, and lemon zest, each bite is delicious!

When it comes to appetizers, I love making something that looks a little fancy but it actually super simple to make like this blueberry ricotta bruschetta! They come together quickly and would be the perfect addition to your Christmas or New Years Eve line up.

Honey and lemon zest perfectly complement the flavors of blueberry and ricotta and I love that they’re bite sized!

Blueberries are a fridge and freezer staple of mine. I always have them on hand for snacking, adding to things like smoothie and oatmeal or using in a main dish or appetizer like this one! If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I love to add more nutrition to baked goods and meals and snacks in a variety of ways that is fun and easy. Blueberries definitely help me do just that!

Blueberries are a good source of 4 essential nutrients — fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, plus phytonutrients called polyphenols. Frozen contains just as much nutrition as fresh!

blueberry ricotta bruschetta

blueberry ricotta bruschetta ingredients

here’s everything you’ll need to make this simple appetizer!

  • a french or Italian baguette
  • fresh blueberries
  • whole-milk or part-skim ricotta cheese – whole-milk ricotta will give you a smoother texture as seen in the pictures!
  • maple syrup
  • honey
  • lemon
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Blueberry Ricotta Bruschetta

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Blueberry ricotta bruschetta makes for a simple and delicious holiday appetizer! Made with just a few simple ingredients, you’ll love how easy they are to make! 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 18 – 20 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 French bread baguette
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup whole milk or part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • zest of a lemon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven 300 degrees F. Slice the bread, drizzle slices with a little olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes until lightly toasted. 
  • While the bread is baking, add the blueberries and maple syrup to a small saucepan over medium to low heat. Stir occasionally as blueberries begin to bubble and you start to see juices. No need to mash any of the blueberries while cooking because you want them to stay intact. Remove from heat.
  • Use a small spatula to spread ricotta on the toasted bread. Spoon 3-4 blueberries on top of each.
  • Drizzle honey and sprinkle lemon zest over the top of all of the bruschetta bites and enjoy! 
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Easy Meals

Butternut Squash Flatbread Pizza

This butternut squash flatbread pizza is easy to make and delicious! Made on a flatbread with butternut squash, ricotta cheese, and greens, you’ll love it for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

butternut squash flatbread pizza

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. All opinions are 100% my own. I’m proud to partner with brands and organizations that share my mission of making healthy food more accessible to everyone.

Getting inspiration from seasonal fruits and vegetables is one of my favorite ways to answer the question, “what’s for dinner?”, especially in the fall! Squash, apples, pears and pumpkin is at the peak of freshness and so fun to use in different ways this time of year.

Another great thing about eating seasonally is that it comes with many health benefits too! Fall fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber, vitamin A, C and E, and many antioxidants that help to protect our bodies from free radical damage.

With fall and cold and flu season nearly synonymous, it’s important to nourish our bodies with whole food based meals as much as we can. Jewel-Osco is my one stop shop for seasonal produce and everything else that I need to make nourishing breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. 

This butternut squash flatbread comes together in just a few minutes and it’s perfect for the season! You can customize it with different veggies that you have at home too! A drizzle on top is a great way to really bring out the flavors, plus honey is 100% unprocessed. It’s a sweetener that’s always in my pantry. 

Ingredients for butternut squash flatbread pizza

Here’s what you’ll need to make these flatbread pizzas!

  • 2-3 O ORGANIC flatbreads 
  • Signature Select honey
  • Butternut squash
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Avocado oil 
  • Balsamic vinegar 
  • Baby kale 
  • Salt and pepper 

I’m excited to share this delicious butternut squash recipe and thankful that Jewel-Osco is my one stop shop when it comes to picking everything I need for baking, entertaining and more! With the start of baking season, I find myself at Jewel-Osco even more picking up all of the baking essentials! 

I feel good knowing that they strive for the highest quality and value possible with their wide variety of exclusive O Organics® and Open Nature® products that are carefully crafted without artificial ingredients, or additives, and minimally processed. All O Organics products are USDA Certified Organic too.

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butternut squash flatbread pizza

Butternut Squash Flatbread Pizza

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
This butternut squash flatbread pizza is easy to make and delicious! Made on a flatbread with butternut squash, ricotta cheese, and greens, you’ll love it for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 O ORGANIC flatbreads
  • 2 tbsp Signature Select honey
  • 2 cups butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • ½ cup cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 cups baby kale or spinach

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel and cube butternut squash. Toss with avocado oil and salt and pepper. Roast for approximately 15-20.
  • Prepare the flatbreads by drizzling a little olive oil on each piece and sprinkle with garlic powder. Top with roasted butternut squash, dollops of ricotta cheese, and a handful of baby kale on each pizza approximately. 
  • Return to the oven and cook for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and edges are golden. 
  • Let cool, slice and drizzle with honey to bring out the flavors. Enjoy! 
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