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Tomatoes: Two Ways

With warmer weather comes a new season of fresh, summer produce! One of my favorite summer staples are tomatoes. These little powerhouses are not only delicious, but they also have high levels of antioxidants! Antioxidants can help fight stress at the cellular level and even prevent onset of chronic disease. 

Did you know there are over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes? Tomatoes all have slightly different benefits based on their color. For example, yellow tomatoes get their gorgeous color from higher levels of beta carotene, an antioxidant that is great for eye health. Red tomatoes have more lycopene, which is great for heart health and preventing cancer. Heirloom tomatoes, which can sometimes have green, yellow, and red, are unique and come in interesting shapes and sizes! Here’s how I’ll be using tomatoes this summer:

Summer Sourdough Toast

Ingredients:

1-2 pieces of bread- sourdough preferred

1-2 tbsp goat cheese

Heirloom or beefsteak tomato, sliced in rounds

Drizzle of olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Take any bread that you have, (sourdough tastes great but whole wheat or seeded bread works well here too) and toast it until lightly browned. Top toast with 1 tbsp goat cheese and sliced heirloom or beefsteak tomato. Drizzle with olive oil, garnish with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Pro tip: make this a complete meal by adding an over easy egg on top!

Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

¼ c olive oil

2 pints red cherry or grape tomatoes (any color works here), halved lengthwise

1 cup mozzarella balls

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, to taste

Handful of fresh basil leaves, finely shredded

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, toss, and serve. I love this as a side for grilled chicken or fish! 

Pro tip: store your tomatoes on your countertop, not in your refrigerator for the best taste! 

Recipe adapted from The Food Network: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/tomato-basil-salad-2215973

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