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Favorite Tomato Recipes (Power Foods)

by Jeanette on September 14, 2012 · 15 Comments
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Box of Tomatoes

I bought this box of Tomatoes from the local farmer’s market and slow roasted them

Today, I am featuring my family’s favorite recipes using Tomatoes, a Power Food. Each summer, I look forward to the bounty of farm fresh tomatoes of different varieties that arrive in my CSA Box and at the local farmer’s market. A few summers ago, I bought an entire box of tomatoes from the farmer’s market just to roast them. As summer draws to a close, I try to enjoy as many fresh tomatoes as I can in salads and salsas.

Here are some of my family’s favorite recipes using tomatoes.

Crockpot Turkey Bolognese is one of my go-to dinners during the school year. Not only is it an inexpensive meal, but it’s hearty and satisfying, and a no-fuss meal since the crockpot keeps the sauce warm until dinnertime. All you need to do is cook the pasta and toss a salad for a complete meal.

Turkey Bolognese

Turkey Bolognese

Pasta Puttanesca is another of my boys’ favorites. This is a really easy recipe and the sauce freezes well.

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

Tomato Paste Pasta continues to be a family favorite, especially for my oldest son who’s in college. In fact, when we dropped him off at school this year, I left him with a case of tomato paste so he could make this pasta dish whenever he craves it.

Tomato Paste Pasta

Tomato Paste Pasta

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto is a great sauce to have in the refrigerator for a quick and easy dinner. Here, I’ve tossed in some grilled chicken breast along with some Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus.

Pasta with Sundried Tomato Pesto, Chicken, Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus

Pasta with Sundried Tomato Pesto, Chicken, Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus

Cream of Tomato Soup with Pasta is a childhood favorite of mine and my boys, especially on a rainy or cold day. There’s actually no cream in this recipe at all, so check it out for a healthier version of cream of tomato soup.

Cream of Tomato Pasta Soup

Cream of Tomato Pasta Soup

My son, Kyle, Guacamole Salsa first made this for our family over the summer and it is now a much requested dip.

Guacamole Salsa

Guacamole Salsa

Although summer is coming to a close, this Farmer’s Market Sandwich has been a family tradition since our local farmer’s market opened in town years ago.

My kids also love this Bruschetta made with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil during the summer. Sometimes I slather a layer of pesto on the bread before topping it with tomatoes.

Tomato Bruschetta

Tomato Bruschetta

I’m going to miss my fresh tomatoes now that the season is coming to an end, but I know we’ve had our full this summer.

This week, a group of bloggers is featuring Tomatoes as a Power Food. This weekly food blogging group features a different Power Food each week based on the book Power Foods: 150 delicious recipes with 38 Healthiest Ingredients from the editors of Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine. Power Foods are foods that are outstanding in the amounts of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, fiber and more, that help fight disease and promote good health.

So, what makes Tomatoes a Power Food? Tomatoes are best known for the phytochemical lycopene, which is associated with lower risk of certain cancers (prostate, cervical, skin, breast and lung), and a lower risk of macular degeneration. Cooked tomatoes contain 2-8 times more lycopene than raw tomatoes, e.g., marinara sauce, salsas, tomato paste, tomato soup. Apparently, heat breaks down the cell walls in tomatoes, releasing more lycopene for absorption by the body. Tomatoes are also high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K,  and are a very good source of folate, potassium, manganese, fiber, B vitamins and quercetin, a phytochemical that may help protect against cancer, heart disease and degenerative eye diseases. Interestingly, although green tomatoes do not contain lycopene, they have twice the amount of vitamin C and iron, and more vitamin K than red tomatoes. I was curious about this as I recently picked up a stash of green tomatoes at church (yes, someone was nice enough to leave them out for whomever wanted them!), which sparked a lot of conversation on Facebook.

Check out what these other bloggers have cooked up for this week: (If you’re interested in joining our group, contact Mireya from My Healthy Eating Habits.

Alyce – More Time at the Table
Ansh – Spice Roots,
Casey – My Sweet and Savory
Jill – Saucy Cooks
Martha – Simple-Nourished-Living
Mireya – My Healthy Eating Habits
Sarah – Everything in the Kitchen Sink
Bambi – Adobo Down Under

Sources:
The World’s Healthiest Foods: Tomatoes
Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients
University of Connecticut: Do Green Tomatoes Contain Lycopene

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Comments

  1. Goregous dish Jeanette! I think I’d start with the tomato soup.

    • Thanks Sommer – Tomato Pasta Soup is such a childhood favorite and still is one of my kids’ most requested soups especially when there’s a chill in the air.

  2. Beautiful spread. When do we eat?
    (My kids always loved pasta, too. I don’t make it too often, but am always happy when I do.)

    • Thanks Alyce – I haven’t made pasta in a while, although my kids love it. In fact, Kyle asked for it just the other day.

  3. It’s my favorite thing to eat. I love hoe versatile tomatoes are. Lovely dishes all of them. Love the idea of tomato paste pasta

  4. Ansh – we eat lots of tomatoes. This Tomato Paste Pasta is my oldest son’s favorite – we’ve been making it for years and it’s so easy. I actually pack the ingredients when we travel so I can make it for our first meal when we end up at our destination.

  5. this looks amazing!

  6. The creamy tomato pasta soup sounds delicious, as do all the recipes. It’s great to see your sons getting in the kitchen and making food for the family. My oldest son loves to cook, but now I’ve got to get working on the younger 14 year-old.

  7. Such gorgeous tomato recipes. Absolutely make me salivate! Just gorgeous and as much as I cook I find myself now HUNGRY Jeanette! :)

  8. Loving the round-up of tomato recipes, Jeanette! I can’t get enough of tomatoes, especially since they are oh so good for you.

  9. Oh, my. Is it wrong of me to want all of these? If I had to choose, I’d start with the pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto and chicken….mmmmmm.

  10. I have found myself trying to put fresh, ripe tomatoes in everything lately out of fear of the end of tomato season lol.

  11. We were at a potluck on Saturday, every single dish included tomatoes! (Well … not the pumpkin cheesecake.)

  12. I think tomatoes at this time of this year are my ultimate favorite food. Gorgeous recipes.

  13. I’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes, even though they don’t help with my acid reflux – they’re my comfort food [when cooked]! I think your tomato soup is calling my name.

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