Tomatoes, although eaten as a vegetable, is actually classified as a fruit. They often come in different shapes including campari (tomatoes on the vine), plum, grape or cherry. Tomatoes can also come in a variety of colors such as red, yellow, orange, green and purple.
- Antioxidants: helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer; it’s also good for your skin
- Potassium: helps to lower blood pressure and protect against strokes
- Vitamin K: helps to maintain strong bones and reduces risk of osteoporosis
- Vitamin C: to boost your immune system
Tomatoes are most commonly found in Mexican cuisine (ie. pico de gallo), Italian foods (ie. marina sauce), or a great topping for a sandwich or salad. One way that I have recently stumbled upon preparing tomatoes is to roast them in the oven.
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Recipe:
- 2-3 lbs of cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
- 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon of fresh basil, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano, chopped
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
- Wash the cherry tomatoes and cut in half (if using larger tomatoes, cut into quarters)
- Mince the garlic and place in bowl with cherry tomatoes
- Chop the fresh basil and oregano and place in bowl with garlic and cherry tomatoes
- Pour in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in bowl with above ingredients
- Toss all ingredients together and pour onto a baking sheet
- Lightly season with salt and pepper
- Roast in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly charred (if using larger tomatoes, roast 15-20 minutes)
- Serve warm and enjoy!