Monday, September 10, 2012
I SAY TOMATO, YOU SAY TOMAHTO..
We all know tomatoes are good for us. They are rich in lycopene, which has
been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers and perhaps help protect us
against heart disease.
Cooking fresh tomatoes releases the lycopene. Adding a little olive oil also,
helps dissolve the lyopene, so it can be readily absorbed into the
One ripe tomato has only 45 calories, but delivers 40% of our daily
requirement of Vitamin C and 20% of Vitamin A. Following are a few easy
recipes using tomatoes that you might like trying.
Whisk together until well blended in a large bowl
1/4 cup of each-- light mayo and reduced fat sour cream
1/4 cup rice-wine vinegar
1 tbsp lime juice
Add these ingredients to the dressing stirring gently to coat;
2 Pt cherry tomatoes, halved [4 cups]
1 small English cucumber, seeded, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp finally chopped scallions
3 Tbsp fresh dill
This makes 7 cups of salad--serves 5-6 people.
Fresh Tomato Soup
1 Tbsp olive or canola oil
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic
9 ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
3/4 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper, or to taste
Heat oil in 3-4 qt. saucepan over medium low heat.
Add onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes, until onion is translucent.
Stir in tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to oil, reduce heat to low,
cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes or until
tomatoes are very soft.
When cool enough to handle, transfer mixture to a blender or food processor
in batches, and blend or pulse until soupy but still slightly chunky.
I didn't follow these last directions. I put the tomatoes uncooked 2 cups
at a time in a blender, until they were smooth . I found this easier than
waiting for them to cool down then blending.
This makes 6 cups. Can be eaten hot, warm or even chilled. If you find
the tomatoes too acidic for your taste, add a pinch of sugar.
I hope you will try this soup as an apetizer or with a grilled cheese.YUM!
I welcome any/all comments.Don't be silent, voice your opinion.
Thank you, come again. Jenny