Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene and packed with other essential nutrients. With that, a regular consumption of these shiny, red-orange tomatoes bring about a lot of benefits to the body. There’s no need for you to worry if you’re not an avid fan of its inherent taste between sweet and acidy. You can still enjoy the wonders to tomatoes, as there is more than one way to prepare them.
Tomatoes can be incorporated in your meals, grilled, stuffed, served as sides/appetizers, and more!
Stuffed tomatoes – Especially at room temperature, tomatoes are perfect to be stuffed and baked with a flavorful of other ingredients. For starters, you can never go wrong with stuffing tomatoes with layers of Brie cheese. For a more sophisticated taste, stuff them with pine nuts, fresh oregano, and rice.
Squashed tomatoes – Generally known as an Italian dish, this is a simple and light meal to cleanse one’s palate. It is easy to prepare, and is famous around tomato peak seasons where they are harvested ripe, fresh, and flavorful.
Hot tomato soup – If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, stray away from canned soups and prepare a fresh hot dish with tomatoes in them. In preparing this, it is important to make use of good-tasting tomatoes so as to perfect the balance of flavors in the soup. You can always go for an easy cream of tomato soup, or incorporate it with basil yogurt cream.
Jam – Yes, you read that right. Tomatoes can be made as jam and it is perfect to slather on crackers and slices of bread. You can combine it with olive oil bruschetta, grilled onions and garlic, pork, or even roasted vegetable. This can be served as an appetizer or a finger food at events.
Salsa – Been wanting to spice up your indoor movie nights with fun snacks? Worry no more. You can incorporate freshly sliced tomatoes into your salsa. The unique fusion of flavors balance well with crispy pieces of corn chips and slices of grilled meat!
Fried tomatoes – If you’re craving for fries or deep-fried chicken, consider a healthy alternative and go for fried tomatoes instead. Sprinkle slices of tomatoes with salt and pepper, flour, and then grease them with a little butter. They can be served drizzled with cream sauce (for additional flavor). If you’re opting for a modern take, you can coat the tomato slices with breadcrumbs for that nice little crunch.
Pudding – Tomatoes make the perfect ingredient to add in a summer pudding. You can go with combining tomatoes with cream, cheese, and ample amount of bread. This quartet creates a perfect harmony of flavors that will leave you wanting for more!