The Pleasure of Tomatoes

…especially those that you can pick out of your own back yard!  We are enjoying our first tomato harvest of the summer.  I’m not sure that there is much better in culinary goodness than getting your food simply by stepping out your door into your own garden.  Of course, this goodness doesn’t go without work and much water, especially with the dry summer we’re experiencing.  It makes the food taste even better, though, in my opinion.

Beyond the palate pleasures of tomatoes, they pack a powerful health punch.  The health benefits of tomatoes is not much different from other super foods, but it never hurts repeating.  Research shows a relationship between tomatoes and lower risk of certain cancers.  Other health problems are also lowered by consuming tomatoes, such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive dysfunction, osteoporosis, and skin damage.  Tomatoes are the biggest source of dietary lycopine and anti-inflammatory agents.  Unlike other fruits and vegetables, tomatoes keep their nutritional benefits when cooked and processed.

So, why not enjoy this superfood with a few amazing recipes this week?  Whether you get your tomatoes from the grocery store, farmers’ market, CSA, or your own back yard, take advantage of all their yumminess this harvest season.

Here are a few of our favorite tomato based recipes to start you off.  I’ll have a new tomato recipe to share with you tomorrow.  (Life with Food Allergies will be posted on Thursday this week.)

Homemade Salsa (made with our garden cucumbers)

Italian Chicken Bruschetta Pasta

Gourmet Burger (Okay, so there are no tomatoes in the recipe, but just imagine this burger topped with a large slice of garden fresh tomato.)

Roasted Summer Vegetables

What are your favorite tomato-based recipes?  I’d love for you to link up any and all of your favorites!  I still have plenty of tomatoes in my garden to enjoy.

Shared at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways and Encourage One Another.

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