Roasted Peach & Goat Cheese Crostini

Let me just start by saying that this might be one of the best appetizers that I’ve made in a really long time.  I realize that’s a tall statement, however this Roasted Peach and Goat Cheese Crostini is SO good.  I’m thankful I found my inspiration in the lovely white peaches I saw at the grocery store this afternoon because it’s the perfect topper to this beautiful crostini.

I admit, I’m a “carb-a-holic” so I’ll eat just about anything piled on a slice of toasted bread.  But the balance of flavors and textures in these particular toppings are out of this world and that makes this something special!  It all starts with a layer of rich creamy goat cheese.  Then it’s covered with a warm slice of roasted peach, drizzled with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze, and then topped with crunchy pecans and fresh thyme leaves.  Sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy, clean, and fresh…Need I say more?

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Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette

Now that the holidays have come and gone it seems like we’re all trying to start off the new year with some healthier meal options.  I’m one of those people.  I’m looking to fill my plate with things that are light and nutritious but are still packed with comforting winter flavors.  This salad checks all those boxes!

One of the things I love about this salad is the contrast in flavor, texture, and temperature.  The spinach pairs nicely with the sweet pear, tart craisins, and the smokey bacon.  The pecans add a great crunch and the goat cheese is perfectly tangy and creamy.  However, the star of this salad is the warm roasted sweet potatoes piled on top.  It’s absolutely delicious finished with a quick balsamic honey vinaigrette.  I could eat this salad every day!  Continue reading