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You Say Tomato, I Say Let’s Eat!

You Say Tomato, I Say Let’s Eat!

Nothing says summer like red vine-ripened tomatoes. But did you know tomatoes have significant health benefits? They are low in calories, have no sugar or cholesterol, and are very high in vitamins A and C. And possibly most important, tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may aid in the prevention of cancer and heart disease. So go ahead and eat those tomatoes. And try these great recipes!

Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup

2 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
Fresh chopped basil

Combine first 5 ingredients in a saucepan; simmer for 10 to 20 minutes. Strain mixture. In a saucepan, melt butter. Blend in flour, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute. Stir in milk and cook until thickened. Slowly stir in hot tomato mixture. Heat thoroughly. Sprinkle with basil.

Tomato Cucumber Salad

2 large tomatoes, diced
2 large cucumbers, diced
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced green pepper
1 8-ounce bottle Italian salad dressing
2 tsp. sugar

Mix tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and green pepper in bowl. Mix sugar and salad dressing and pour over vegetables. Chill before serving.

Tomato Surprise

2 fresh tomatoes
2 eggs
1/2 slice bread
1 tbsp. butter
Dash basil
Salt and pepper

Cut slice from top of tomatoes and remove seeds and some pulp. Break an egg into each tomato. Tear bread into small pieces. Toss into melted butter. Add basil, salt, and pepper. Spoon crumbs on prepared tomatoes. Bake 375° F for 30-40 minutes. (Eggs cook hard at 40 minutes.) 2 servings.

Fresh Tomato Sauce

1 lb. fresh tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 large cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Place tomatoes, herbs, and garlic into large bowl. Gently stir in oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 45-60 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta.

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