Ask most people what category a tomato falls under, and most likely you’ll get vegetable as an answer; but did you know that it’s actually a citrus fruit? Tomatoes are an extremely versatile food. They are incredibly delicious when eaten raw, alone or in salads and sandwiches. Tomatoes come alive with a wonderful sweetness when cooked, and are the perfect food for canning with their high acidity content.
Not only are tomatoes low in calories, and carbohydrates, but they also contain protein and fiber. This fruit, also provides, 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C. Now for the benefits:
1.Cancer fighting qualities
There are numerous medical studies out there that have concluded that the more tomatoes you eat, the lower your risk for certain cancers like prostate, stomach, and lung. That’s because tomatoes contain a substance called lycopene which gives them their recognizable red hue. Lycopene is stronger when tomatoes are cooked because the process of cooking breaks down the cell walls.
2.Reduces the risk of Heart Disease
Tomatoes are nutrient rich with substances such as, Vitamin b6, folate, and niacin; which are all associated with the reduction of the risk of Heart disease.
3.DNA damage prevention
Along with nutrients, Tomatoes are high in important antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin A, which are known for fighting off free radical damage to DNA. Studies also suggest that the tomato may also help to ward off diabetes, and atherosclerosis.
So don’t delay! A tomato a day keeps the doctor away! And of course, I have you covered with my recipe for tomato salad with goat cheese, arugula and fresh basil. Don’t forget! Food is fun! So play with the ingredients and make it your own! Tweet me with any of your culinary questions, at EliseTDC. Visit my website for recipes, at www.elisethedivachef.com
Tomato salad with goat cheese, arugula and fresh basil
2-3 thickly sliced vine ripened tomatoes
1-2 T crumbled goat cheese (Chevre or Montrachet, the kind that comes in a log.)
1-2 T basil vinaigrette (see recipe below)
1-2 tsp. chopped fresh basil
½ cup of Arugula
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
Slice tomatoes in thick, half-moon slices. Place tomatoes, and arugula in mixing bowl. Drizzle with basil vinaigrette, and season with salt and pepper. Arrange tomatoes and arugula in a serving dish. Place goat cheese in the middle of tomatoes (Leave the cheese in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it, or it will get too soft and be hard to crumble.) garnish with chiffonade fresh basil.
1 cup olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon of shallot minced
1 whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate leftovers.