Fresh Tomato Recipes

I have to admit that our tomato plants have done much better than I anticipated. We now have almost too many tomatoes! As such, I have been doing a little research into recipes that are easy to make (since my son and daughter have taken such an interest). Here are a few that I have come up with …

Baked Tomatoes

  • 4 tomatoes cut in half horizontally
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • chopped fresh oregano
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450F. Arrange sliced tomatoes cut side up on a baking tray. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, oregano, salt and pepper over the tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil over the tomatoes and bake for about 15 minutes, or until they are tender.

Caprese Salad

  • 4 tomatoes cut into wedges
  • 1 cup diced fresh mozzarella
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Toss all the ingredients in a bowl to mix. Can add a drizzle of olive oil when tossing.

Black Bean Salsa

  • 2 – 3 tomatoes
  • 1 red or green pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 1 spanish onion
  • 1 can black beans
  • fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime

Dice the tomatoes, peppers and onions and mix together with the chopped cilantro. Drain and rinse the black beans and then mix with the fresh veggies. Squeeze in the juice of the lime. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Easy Pizza

  • Greek style pitas or pre-made pizza bases
  • olive oil
  • sliced tomatoes
  • grated mozzarella
  • chopped fresh oregano
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400F. Brush pitas or pizza bases with olive oil. Sprinkle with grated cheese and then place tomato slices on the cheese. Season with salt, pepper and fresh oregano. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the cheese has melted.

Tomato Macaroni Casserole

  • 3 – 4 diced tomatoes
  • 1lb dry macaroni shells
  • 6 – 8 ounces of grated cheddar
  • 12 ounces of tomato juice

Preheat oven to 350F. Cook the macaroni as per instructions on the package. In a casserole dish, mix cooked macaroni, tomatoes and tomato juice. Cover with grated cheddar. Cook for about 20 minutes.

The great thing about all of these recipes is that they are healthy, but also easy enough that the kids can help me make them!

 

 

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