Tomatoes are not only delicious, but they have amazing health benefits to boot! Did you know that tomatoes are rich in vitamins A, B6, C, K, Folate , magnesium, phosphate, copper and potassium? They also contain beta-carotene and lycopene which help keep your skin looking young, and boost your skins protection against the suns harmful rays! A tomato a day keeps the dermatologist away!
Of all the summer veggies in the world, tomatoes are my absolute favorite! I blame my father for showing me that cutting up a tomato and simply sprinkling it with a little salt, creates one of the most refreshing and addictive snacks! He created a tomato eating monster! Since I was a little girl, snatching the tomatoes straight off the vine in my mom’s garden, I have anxiously anticipated tomato season.
As fate would have it, I now walk out my back door and have access to an entire field of summer tomatoes of all shapes, colors, and varieties! So basically, I’m in heaven. As I said earlier, I’m content simply eating a tomato raw with salt, or fresh off the vine; however, over the years I have discovered a few other delicious ways to enjoy this magical fruit!
Here are two of my go-to ways to devour this delicious healthy food!
3 basil leaves
1/3 of a french baguette
1 tbs of balsamic
salt and pepper to taste
1: Cut your piece of bread along the side, butterflying it but not cutting all the way through. Drizzle balsamic on both sides.
2: Slice your tomato and layer it along one side of bread.
3: Slice the fresh mozzarella into about 3-4 slices and layer along the other side of the bread.
4: Chiffonade the basil and sprinkle on top of the tomato. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
5: Turn broiler on Hi, and place sandwich in oven. Heat just until cheese melts.
VOILA! You just made yourself one of the most delicious sandwiches in just a few simple steps! This was one of my favorite college meals, and 6 years later I still can’t get enough!
Farm Fresh Tomato Salad
6 large tomatoes
1 cup of onion diced
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar which is also phenomenal!)
2 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs of honey
1 tsp of basil finely chopped (or more depending on preference)
salt and pepper to taste
1: Chop the tomatoes and place in a large bowl.
2: Add diced onions, and tsp of chopped basil.
3: Next add the balsamic, olive oil, honey and salt and pepper.
4: Toss it all together until all ingredients are well combined.
5: Cover and refrigerate for about 30 min so that the tomatoes can marinate in the balsamic mixture.
I have tomato salad in some form at least once a week! It is light, refreshing, quick to whip together, and the perfect addition to any dinner! Depending on my mood I swap the balsamic for red wine vinegar and it tastes just as yummy.
Next time you stop by the stand make sure you grab some tomatoes and try out one of these recipes! I guarantee you will love them! Plus, your body will thank you for all those amazing vitamins and nutrients you gave it from this amazingly healthful veggie!