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A Better Bruschetta

An oil-free appetizer that celebrates the fresh flavors of veggies and herbs without the added fat.

  • Author: Chef AJ
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 2 cups tomato, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, rinsed, chopped
  • 1 cup basil, fresh, chopped
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sun dried tomato powder
  • 3 tsp garlic, fresh, minced


  1. Place all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well. Serve with baked whole wheat pita chips or toasted bread.

Notes: You can chop the ingredients by hand, or you can place ALL of the ingredients in a large bowl and use a chopping tool like an ulu or mezzaluna and chop them all together at once. A food processor is not recommended.

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Chef AJ

Chef AJ

Chef AJ has followed a plant-based diet for over 36 years. She is a chef, culinary instructor, professional speaker, and author. She is the author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight. The book is half confessional memoir, half delectable recipes. It chronicles her journey from junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that heal the body. Many of her recipes can be seen on her YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian.