Tomatoes and Their Amazing Varieties
Tomatoes – so versatile and they are in season NOW! We eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It’s non-stop tomatoes for a few glorious months! America’s most enjoyed vegetable. Available at your local farmers market.
- Sliced on toast, sprinkled with salt and some basil
- Added to a frittata or omelet
- Diced and scattered over scrambled eggs
- Roasted in the oven (recipe below) and added to your whole grain cereal
- All of the breakfast ideas are great for lunch as well
- Gooey grilled cheese layered with slices of fresh tomatoes
- Diced and added to a salad of whatever you find at farmers market
- Diced and added to hunks of bread, torn pieces of herbs, and drizzled with olive oil for panzanella
- Sliced and drizzled with good olive oil and chopped fresh herbs
- Pico de gallo (recipe below)
- Cherry tomatoes popped right in your mouth
- Diced on top of crackers and cheese such as feta or a good cheddar
- Diced with chopped cucumbers, drizzle with olive oil, a little salt – use crackers or chips to dip
- Any of the above
- Quick tomato sauce on top of pasta or grains (recipe below)
- Add a layer of tomatoes to your mac & cheese
- Sliced or chopped on your pizza
- Big bowl of gazpacho!
Quick & Easy Roasted Tomatoes
Preheat oven to 450
Core and seed plum or slicing tomatoes or use cherry tomatoes whole. The amount of tomatoes depends on the size of your pan. You want to have enough tomatoes to cover the pan without overlapping or crowding.
Place the tomatoes in the pan. If using larger tomatoes, put the cut side up.
Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt.
Roast until they are beginning to caramelize and melt, 20-30 minutes.
Pico de Gallo
1 lb tomatoes, finely chopped
1-2 bell peppers, finely chopped
1-2 jalapeno or other hot pepper, finely chopped
1 sweet onion, finely chopped
1 bunch cilantro, stems removed and roughly chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 lime (juice and the lime zest)
Add all of these ingredients into a bowl. Squeeze the juice of the lime on top. Sprinkle with salt. Add the olive oil. Mix everything together and adjust salt and pepper. This recipe is easy to modify, add more tomatoes, fewer hot peppers, etc.
Quick & Easy Fresh Tomato Sauce
1 lb tomatoes, cored/seeded and chopped
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 handful Italian parsley or basil
Saute onions in olive oil until soft; add minced garlic or 2-3 minutes until soft. Add the tomatoes and parsley. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes release their juices. Season with salt and pepper to taste.