Tomato Treats

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Summer is a great time to work fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes into your family meals.

Here are several fun and easy ways to work tomatoes into your menu plan this summer:

Mr. Tomato Head

Kids will have a lot of fun helping you make this fun lunch treat.

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You’ll need tomatoes, olives, provolone cheese, lettuce or shredded basil, and something to stuff the tomato with (couscous, tuna or chicken salad are great options).

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Hollow out a tomato, saving the top slice.

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Fill with cooked couscous mix, or tuna or chicken salad.

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Top with shredded basil or lettuce, and cover partially with reserved tomato top, as shown.

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Rest black-olive slices on tomato ledge for eyes, and a piece of provolone cheese in the shape of a mouth right on the tomato.

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Add some carrots, cucumber slices, or whole grain crackers and you’ve got a fun, delicious and healthy lunch!

If you’re looking for a good healthy chicken salad recipe, try this one.

(Mr. Tomato Head recipe courtesy of Parents Magazine)

More tomato recipes:

  • Fresh summer salsaSalsa is delicious and easy to make, and it tastes great on many foods.  Instead of buying it off the shelf, try making it at home with fresh tomatoes! Salsa isn’t just for chips: use it to top omelets, burgers, turkey sandwiches, chili, the list is endless. Don’t like spicy salsa? Don’t worry – when you make your own, you control the flavor.  Check out this recipe from Chop Chop magazine.
  • Grilled cheese and cold tomato soupGrilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic kids favorite.  Give it a fresh summer twist by swapping your traditional hot tomato soup with this cold version.
  • Baked parmesan tomatoes:  A sprinkle of Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil transform tomatoes into the perfect side dish. You can also try sandwiching them between slices of your favorite whole-wheat country bread.  This is a great one to involve your kids in the process!  Check out the recipe here.
  • Spaghetti with homemade sauce:  Spagetti is a timeless classic.  Take a break from the jarred tomato sauce with this homemade version.  This all-purpose tomato sauce is excellent on any shape pasta, polenta, rice or barley. It can even go on burger instead of ketchup!

Let us know: what are your favorite tomato recipes? Use the “Leave a reply” tool at the bottom of this post to share with our other readers!


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