Make the most of Summer Foods - 28/08/2014

Make the most of Summer Foods

TOMATOES are at their best right now and are great for salads, soups, sauces and sandwiches...they are often considered a vegetable but in fact they are a citrus fruit. One medium whole tomato contains around 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fibre, 1 gram of protein and 6 milligrams of sodium. It also provides 40% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 20% of the RDA of vitamin A, 2% of the RDA of iron, and 1% of the RDA of calcium.

Here's a few ideas for enjoying them...

  • Eat on their own with a little salt
  • dice and add to plain pasta and toss with a bit of olive oil, some basil leaves and grated Parmesan cheese
  • make homemade tomato soup to remind you of your childhood
  • chop some tomatoes and cucumbers, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper...serve with fish or cold meats
  • tomatoes on toast make a great quick snack
  • make a batch of tomato sauce...great for pasta and pizzas
  • make a tomato salsa and serve with tortilla chips
  • add to both bread and toasted sandwiches
  • what could be better than a BLT
  • the perfect partner to cheese
  • slow roasted tomatoes freeze well and are a great addition to casseroles and soups
  • make tomato chutney ready for even makes a great gift
  • great on the barbecue
  • toasted french bread topped with tomatoes and olive oil make the great Italian treat Bruschetta and looks impressive too
  • larger tomatoes are great stuffed with everything from rice to beef to cheese
  • delicious in chilli
  • a tomato omelette is a quick and easy meal
  • a wonderful addition to any quiche or savoury pie
  • a ratatouille is a delicious vegetable stew with tomatoes and can be eaten hot or cold
  • tomatoes make great decoration if you're entertaining

Fresh sweetcorn is also in season now and is a great accompaniment to tomatoes...or eaten on it's own with a little butter!


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