One of my favorite (foodie) things about late summer in New England is tomatoes. The problem with tomatoes though, as any tomato growing gardener knows, is that when it rains, it pours, and it’s pouring tomatoes right now! Every shape, size, color, and variety. I keep buying more than I need every time I go to the farmers market, or Whole Foods, or just to the regular grocery store because they are just so pretty. And while I’m contemplating what to do with them, I thought I’d share a favorite recipe, and some reasons to love this fruit (yes, tomatoes are technically a fruit, although the Supreme Court declared them a vegetable in 1893).
Tomatoes are the ultimate Superfood, which means that they exceptionally nutrient dense, and may provide numerous health benefits. They are a rich source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and potassium, which can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, help reduce your blood pressure and boost your immune system. They’re most famous, however, for their lycopene. Tomatoes are one of the richest dietary sources of this potent antioxidant, which has been correlated with a reduced incidence of cancer (especially prostate, breast and lung), cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. All of this, for less than 30 calories per one cup serving!
Health benefits aside, you can’t beat the tomato for its versatility, and that makes it a super food for anyone who wants to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Unlike most other foods, tomatoes taste great whether they are raw, cooked, sliced, chopped, pureed, or juiced. They can also be canned or frozen for a fresh taste of summer in the middle of winter. Whether you pick your own, or stock up at the farmers market or grocery, try a few new recipes before the season is over, and enjoy their great taste and many health benefits.
I love this recipe as a light summer dinner, with a salad, or as an elegant appetizer with a glass of wine. I’ve also been known to polish off any leftovers for breakfast. Kinda like cold pizza. 🙂
Do you have any favorite tomato recipes? Please share!