Sherry A. Phillips

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Benefits of Eating Tomatoes plus Tomato Recipes

I love tomatoes! I love to eat them in a million different ways.

I love them by themselves, on salads, in soups, and (are you ready?) on pancakes!

I even have a decadent, artery-clogging tomato gravy once a year on Christmas morning.

I know two of these things you have probably never heard of or even thought about. Before you ask, you do not put syrup on tomato pancakes! You make your normal pancakes, slather some butter (or vegan butter) on them and slice some nice acidic tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with some salt and enjoy! It’s one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast in the summer when local tomatoes are plentiful.

As for the tomato gravy, you fry bacon in a pan, remove bacon. Pour out some of the bacon grease (leaving enough to make a Sprinkle flour and cook the flour until it’s a brownish color. Add canned tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Serve over open-faced biscuits. I actually slice additional tomatoes on the biscuits before I ladle the gravy on.

As for the Tomato Soup, I use this as a base recipe and then my husband and I doctor it up according to what we like to eat. He likes it Mexican-style and I like mine Italian-style.

Base Tomato Soup Recipe:

3 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
Large Container of Organic Tomato Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a pot, add minced garlic and cook for about 20 seconds until the garlic starts getting a slightly golden color. Don’t burn it, because burned garlic is bitter!!! Add the tomato juice and let it simmer about 10 minutes.

That is it! That is your base.

For the Mexican version:

Add a couple of handfuls of crushed tortilla chips into the bottom of the bowl. Ladle Soup over the chips. Squeeze a lime over the soup. Add a couple of dashes of hot sauce. Add shredded cheese. And you are ready to eat!

For Italian version:

Add basil to taste. If I’m eating vegan that day, I leave it at that. If I’m eating dairy, I’ll go ahead and shave some parmesan cheese on top and sprinkle with croutons.

As my kids say, easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy.

Now for the benefits of eating all of those tomatoes, Whole Foods has a great rundown on why you should be eating these juicy vegetables!

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