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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Taste the Rainbow, Stay Healthy!

Our garden has been a tomato producing machine this year, and we couldn't be happier! I've long said a fresh garden tomato is like a taste of sunshine! Though it gets a bit tiresome to pick 50 - 100 tomatoes a day (not counting the cherry tomatoes) it is wonderful to have such healthy, tasty goodness to eat each day, to share, and to store up for the cold winter months.

Did you know that tomatoes are a good source of vitamins A, B6, C, E, & K? They also provide fiber and protein, particularly when served my favorite way - with some basil, oregano & cheese! Speaking of oregano, Self Magazine classified it as a superfood, full of antioxidants!

Here are some of my favorite ways to eat tomatoes, in case you're craving them, or maybe looking for a little variety. (and maybe sprinkle on a little oregano for good measure!)

Caprese salad

Sliced with cottage cheese
Sliced and sprinkled with goat cheese, herbs & a drizzle of olive oil
Cherry tomatoes sauteed on medium high until they "pop", then reduce heat & caramelize
Pasta e Fagioli
Stuffed with chicken or tuna salad
Roasted with eggplant, squash, olive oil, herbs & crusty bread (all together in a casserole dish!)
Nestled between a piece of crusty bread, a slice of cheese, under the broiler

How do you like your tomatoes? What is your favorite variety?

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Nina said...

sliced with salt and olive oil, fresh basil and mozzarella.

Marva said...

So glad you had a good season of tomatoes! Ours was not so good and went quickly! We had about 2,000 plants this year.

My fav thing is a good ole tomato sandwich. White bread, salt, pepper and Bama mayo with a good hearty slice of mater! :)

We like Brandywine for sandwiches.


Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

I love tomatoes that way, Nina!

What is Bama mayo, Marva? You have me very curious! :) Oh my goodness, how did I forget BLT's?!? I love a tomato sandwich too, but oh, with bacon, and a bunch of lettuce to give the illusion of making up for that yummy fattening bacon... *drool*