his month I’m sharing two recipes using a heart healthy fruit, the tomato, I know that may sound confusing since many people think of the tomato as a vegetable, but in all actuality it is a fruit! But no matter what it is, tomatoes are chock full of health benefits for you and your family, (unless you are allergic of course). Tomatoes are known for their outstanding antioxidant content, including their rich concentration of lycopene, they also provide an excellent amount of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and a good amount of the mineral manganese. Some research studies show that by eating tomatoes or tomato based foods regularly, along with a healthy diet, may reduced the risk of heart disease, which is even more of a good reason to add tomatoes to your family meals as often as possible! So, until next time, eat well, sleep well, live well. Here’s to our health!
• 1 loaf crusty multi-grain bread, sliced • 3 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 5 fresh Italian plum tomatoes, diced small • 2 tsp. balsamic or apple cider vinegar • 4 - 5 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin shredded strips • Sea salt, to taste • Black Pepper, to taste Preheat oven to 450°. Brush each piece of bread with olive oil, place on an un-greased baking sheet and bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. In a bowl, combine garlic, chopped tomatoes, 1 tbs. olive oil, balsamic or apple cider vinegar, basil, salt and pepper, give a good stir then spoon mixture on top of bread slices and serve.
HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE • 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tsp. tomato paste • 10 -12 fresh Italian plum tomatoes, diced • 1/4 cup water • 1 tbs. raw sugar, honey, agave or natural sugar substitute • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes • Sea salt, to taste • Black Pepper, to taste • A few leaves of fresh basil, chopped Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, stir in garlic and tomato paste, cook for 1 minute, then add tomatoes and water. Add sweetener of choice, crushed pepper flakes, and season well with salt and pepper, once the sauce comes to a boil lower the heat and cook for 25 minutes. Add the chopped basil and simmer sauce for 5-10 minutes longer. If desired, puree tomato sauce in a food processor before serving over hot cooked, and drained multigrain pasta. As always, Bon Appetit!
Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is the author of “Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes” & “Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II”, and the children’s book, “Snicker Learns An Important Lesson.” Visit her blog http://lisaanndinunzio.blogspot.com/ or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001935347501
28 | June 2018
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