Garden Fresh Tomatoes

by Wendy on October 27, 2015

Picked fresh from the garden, tomatoes are bursting with flavor and nutrition! One medium tomato provides you with more than a quarter of your vitamin C for a day. Learn more health benefits and some delicious recipes to help get your kids to eat more tomatoes!

 

Fresh TomatosHealth Benefits

 

Cancer Prevention

Tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene, a natural antioxidant believed to reduce the risk of several types of cancer. These cancers include prostate, pancreatic, colorectal, breast, endometrial and lung cancers.

Healthy Bones

Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin K, an important vitamin for maintaining healthy bones. One cup of raw tomato supplies more than 17 percent of the daily recommended value.

 

Healthy Heart

Tomatoes contain Vitamin B6, niacin, foliate, and potassium, all of which help to reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.

 

Vitamin A

Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A which helps to keep the skin healthy, prevents diseases caused by viruses, and strengthens the immune system. Vitamin A is also good for your eyes and your hair.

 

Try this delicious, nutrient rich, fresh veggie-filled salsa recipe your kids will love!

Fresh Salsa

Ingredients:

2 large tomatoes, chopped

2 small white onions, chopped

2   garlic cloves, peeled and minced

18 sprigs cilantro, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons lime juice

Directions:

Toss tomato, onion, garlic, and cilantro together. Add salt and lime juice. Stir, and let stand 30 minutes before serving.

 

Or take advantage of tomatoes being in season and bottle or freeze this salsa recipe so you can enjoy homemade salsa throughout the year!

Bottled Salsa

Ingredients:

8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained

2 1/2 cups onions, chopped

1 1/2 cups green peppers

1 cup jalapeno pepper, chopped (more or less according to your taste)

6   garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons cumin (more or less according to your taste)

2 teaspoons pepper

1/8 cup canning salt

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup vinegar

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and bring to a slow boil for 10 minutes. Seal in jars and cook in a hot water bath for 10 minute. Yields 3 quarts or 6 pints.

***Make sure to follow the current guidelines for bottling tomatoes and salsa by doing an internet search to keep your family safe!

 

 

Who doesn’t love Chili? I love to make a large quantity of this recipe so I can freeze half for a quick meal on a busy night.

Wendy’s Chili

2 lbs. ground beef

1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (29 ounce) can kidney beans (with liquid)

1 (29 ounce) can pinto beans (with liquid)

1 cup diced onion (, 1 medium onion)

1/2 cup diced green chili pepper (, 2 chilies)

1/4 cup diced celery (, 1 stalk)

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

2 -3 teaspoons cumin powder

3 tablespoons chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons salt

2 cups water

Directions:

Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Drain off the fat. In a large pot, combine the beef plus all the remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 to 3 hours.

Wendy

Wendy

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
My name is Wendy and I'm one of the main contributors to our blog. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who's found a new passion for all things relating to health and wellness. If you feel like your body is not in the place it should be, join the club! We're here to help get you where you want to be in a long term way, and avoiding any extreme diets in the process. We believe in natural sustainable methods to reach a state of homeostasis. We want to get our body, spirit, and soul into prime shape and really start loving ourselves! Wendy's favorite product is Raspberry Ketone 1234
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