Food and Recipe of the Month: Tomatoes
Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com
Tomato Tamato! These vegetables (or fruit to be correct) are nutrition powerhouses. They can be found in different varieties from small cherry tomatoes, to large hot house tomatoes, as well as many different colours.
Tomatoes are known for their lycopene content which is what gives them their bright red colour. Lycopene is an antioxidant that protects the body from harmful free radicals, which can prevent heart disease, many cancers, as well as accelerated aging. An interesting concept with lycopene is that the amount of it in processed tomato products is often much higher than in fresh tomatoes. So pizza may be a healthy option after all!
However, it is still recommended to consume fresh tomatoes more often, to get the other benefits such as fibre and vitamin C which is destroyed with heat. Eating tomatoes raw or cooked has amazing health benefits. Adding them to sandwiches, salads, salsas, or soups will increase your fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidant intake.
Try this easy homemade tomato sauce recipe to have over vegetables, pasta, or on pizza!
Tomato Basil Sauce
– 1 head of garlic, roasted
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 onion, diced
– 1 large can of whole tomatoes
– ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
– salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Slice the top off a garlic head and drizzle it with oil. Wrap in foil and place in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden and tender.
2. Heat oil in a sauce pot over medium heat and add onion. Sauté until translucent.
3. Add tomatoes to a bowl and crush with your hands to break them up (alternatively add to blender and blitz for 30 seconds).
4. Add tomatoes to pot with roasted garlic. Bring to boil then simmer.
5. Add basil, salt and pepper.
6. Serve over desired dish.