Quick, healthy snack for students on the go


As college students, our time and resources are limited when it comes to making healthy decisions about what we eat. It’s easy to fall into the trap of eating macaroni, cheese dip and spaghetti for every meal because they are so cheap and quick to make. However, there are many ways to add healthy foods to your everyday diet that are both affordable and easy.
This recipe is one that I love to make because it’s tasty and fresh. I worked at a restaurant a few years ago, and they served something similar to this. I thought it would be easy to recreate, so I went to the grocery store and adapted it to my own kitchen. All of the ingredients together cost less than $10, and it only takes a few minutes to make. It’s a great thing to have on hand for a snack, quick meal or for an appetizer at a party.

Tomato Caprese
1 large fresh French baguette from the grocery store bakery
4-5 medium-size Roma tomatoes
1 package of Cacique mozzarella cheese
1 package of fresh basil
Olive oil

Cut the baguette into 1/4-inch thick slices and toast them. Slice each Roma tomato into about six slices (they should be about 1/4 inch thick) and place one slice on top of each of the toasted breads. Slice cheese into small, flat chunks (they should be about the size of the tomato and 1/8 inch thick) and add on top of the tomatoes. Rinse basil and add 1/2-1 leaf to each stack. Drizzle with olive oil, season to taste with salt and pepper. It makes 24 or more slices, depending on the size of the baguette.