Healthy Living Recipes
Deb Morgan: It’s time to celebrate the beautiful and versatile tomato! Hopefully your garden is bursting with tomatoes by now, or you have a local source of this yummy fruit. My favorite tomato is the grape tomato, and my favorite tomato recipe goes like this: walk into the garden, pluck the reddest grape tomato you see off its vine, and pop it in your mouth! For those who would like to complicate the matter a little more, below are two more very delicious ways to enjoy them.
Lebanese Tomato Rice Soup
Serves six to eight.
3 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 large tomato, large diced
1 32-ounce can of tomato puree
4 cups stock
¼ cup basmati rice (uncooked)
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoon fresh mint
1 tablespoon lemon juice to taste
Begin by gently sautéing the onions and garlic in the olive oil until they are translucent. Add the tomato and sauté a few minutes. Add the tomato puree, stock, and rice (washed but uncooked), plus the salt. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 20 minutes until the rice is cooked. Add mint and lemon juice, simmer for five minutes, and taste for flavor-adjust as needed and enjoy. Great as is or served with some toasted pita bread and feta cheese. You can make it a meal by adding a protein (chicken, beans, or even fish)—play around and have fun.
Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Yogurt Sauce
Serves four to six.
2–3 large ripe tomatoes cut in wedges or 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 English cucumber, large diced
2 cups sliced romaine lettuce
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Wash everything well and cut into desired sizes. Toss together and either top with yogurt sauce or serve yogurt sauce on the side.
½ cup fresh yogurt (see if you can find a local brand that does not use stabilizers).
2–3 tablespoons fresh lemon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes before serving, if possible.
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