Blueberry Prosciutto Flatbread
Living in New England for the last 3 years, I finally understand why people get so excited over the prospect of spring. Don't get me wrong, the snow is absolutely beautiful and so dreamy to look at as it is coming down. But the minute temperatures start to creep above 55 degrees F, it a free for all! I first made this super simple flatbread when I was in my senior year of undergraduate back in California. It doesn't take much to make at all, but it is a total show stopper.
We made this flatbread on a late summer evening with a glass of chilled rose and skipped dinner all together. Have you heard this idea that people tend to eat less in warmer temperature seasons compared to others? Well, that's 100% true for me! There is an absolute creaminess to the goat cheese and the salty-fattiness of the prosciutto is a must. You cannot substitute the prosciutto, it cannot be fried bacon! To all my vegetarian followers, feel free to omit the prosciutto-- just don't replace it with another meat because it won't be the same. What I will say, is that 550 calories is a lot! About 270 calories come from the naan bread, which is good because it's not only a carbohydrate but a whole grain. This whole wheat bread is a complex carbohydrate which means it has added fiber and vitamins (such as energy-releasing B-vitamins!), so yes, it will be higher in calories.
Last thing I will say (because recipes aren't for blabbing, that's what my RD Rebuttal page is for--have you checked it out yet?) this recipe is so easy to make! For me, "easy recipes" need to have less than 10 ingredients and be made in less than 30 minutes. Would you agree with that assessment? I hate coming home from work after a 8-hr (who am I kidding, more like 10-hr) day and then having to wait forever for my meal to be cooked. What's worse than cooking forever... doing dishes forever! Therefore, I strive to make mostly "one-pot meals" or in this case, one-parchment paper meal!
2 pieces Whole-Wheat Naan (I got mine from Wholefoods, but you can get them anywhere)
2 oz. Goat Cheese
Zest of 1 fresh Lemon
1/2 tbs. fresh Lemon Juice (1/2 lemon)
1/2 tbs. fresh Rosemary
4 oz. thinly-sliced Proscuitto
1/2 c. fresh Blueberries
1/4 c. micro-green Arugula
Yields ~ 2 serving
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 deg. F. In a small bowl, mix together the goat cheese, zest, lemon juice, and roughly chopped rosemary sprigs. Spread 1 tbs. over each piece of naan. Layer on ~2 oz. prosciutto (~2-3 slices) and a 1/4 c. of the blueberries. Bake for 15 minutes on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. The blueberries will become plump and may seep out over the goat cheese a bit—yum! Take out of the oven before sprinkling on the arugula micro-greens!
I will say, I set the servings here for 2 because there are 2 flatbreads. However, the naan bread is a decent size, therefore you could very easily cut the calories in half by enjoying only half of a flatbread and still getting all the tasty deliciousness. Maybe pair it with a nice large salad full of leafy greens and veggies and you have yourself a meal!