Some people may contest that tomato isn't a vegetable. Though it is technically a fruit, foodies utilize this juicy number as a vegetable. Tomato is a good source of lycopene, which is known to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Tomato is also rich in vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, and potassium so it's never a bad idea to load up on it!
Quick and Easy Cherry Tomato Salad (The Healthy Foodie)
If you're looking for a recipe that highlights tomato's juiciness, plumpness and freshness, you should try your hand at making this Quick and Easy Cherry Tomato Salad recipe from The Healthy Foodie. This is a very simple and easy salad recipe that works as a light side dish for meat entrees.
"This Cherry Tomato Salad is crazy easy to make but boasts an incredible amount of flavor under its hood and will keep well for several days, too!"
- 4 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp tamari or coconut aminos for paleo
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- Generous pinch of salt I use Himalayan salt
Roasted Corn and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes (Pinch of Yum)
Pinch of Yum has a healthy and mouth watering recipe called Roasted Corn and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes. This is basically tomatoes filled with brown rice and corn, made flavorful by garlic and basil. The sprinkle of cheese on top just makes every bite of this dish divine.
"These stuffed tomatoes are filled to the brim with roasted corn, fresh basil, and topped with melted Mozzarella cheese. Simple and healthy!"
- 6-10 tomatoes (I used 6 medium/smallish ones)
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup fresh sweet corn (canned works, but fresh is better)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- a handful of fresh basil ribbons
- salt and pepper to taste
- grated cheese (I used Gouda)
Easy Garlic Butter and Burst Tomato Linguine (Veggie and the Beast)
If you're in for one quick, delicious and healthy meal that takes just a few minutes to make, you'll certainly adore this Easy Garlic Butter and Burst Tomato Linguine recipe from Veggie and the Beast. The sweet tartness of tomatoes blends very well with the garlic and Parmesan. This dish is a simple feast!
"Juicy tomatoes and whole wheat linguine tossed with a quick and flavorful garlic butter sauce."
- 4 ounces whole wheat linguine
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons pasta water
- Fresh basil and grated parmesan, for topping
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
If you happen to buy tomatoes that are not quite ripe yet, you could leave them out at room temperature just until they're ripe. Ripe tomatoes can then be stored in the fridge for longer shelf life.