Thursday, December 18, 2014

Healthy recipes using tomatoes

Summer has arrived and tomatoes are in their prime right now, so head to the farmer’s market and pick up this juicy fruit for some healthy, homemade meals!
Summer has arrived and tomatoes are in their prime right now, so head to the farmer’s market and pick up this juicy fruit for some healthy, homemade meals! iStockphoto

Summer has arrived and tomatoes are in their prime right now, so head to the farmer’s market and pick up this juicy fruit for some healthy, homemade meals!

This week, we’ve chosen five mouthwatering recipes for you that include this Vitamin C-rich food, which is actually a fruit even though it is served and prepared as a vegetable. Tomatoes are also a great source of Vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and lycopene, which aids in disease prevention.

Tomatoes are both good and good for you, so take advantage of this versatile fruit this week by cooking these nutritious meals below:

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  • Monday: Spicy grilled shrimp with quinoa salad

    Fire up the grill to cook the shrimp in this tasty summer dish. You’ll get plenty of protein from the quinoa, shrimp and chickpeas in this wholesome meal.

    Per serving: 392 calories, 17.2g fat, 36.4g carbohydrates, 24.2g protein, 6.3g fiber

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    Tuesday: Grilled salmon with tomatoes and basil

    This omega-3 rich recipe looks fancy but is so easy to prepare. Just top the salmon with minced garlic, fresh basil and sliced tomatoes on top of salmon, grill for 10 minutes, and you’re done!

    Per serving: 248 calories, 10g fat, 3g carbohydrates, 35g protein, 1g fiber

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    Wednesday: Chicken and snap pea stir-fry over angel hair pasta

    This easy, filling meal includes whole-wheat angel hair pasta and golden-brown cubes of chicken breast for the main ingredients. Sliced fennel, crispy snap peas and tarragon add a sweet flavor to this yummy dish.

    Per serving: 517 calories, 14g fat, 62g carbohydrates, 35g protein, 11g fiber

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    Thursday: Lasagna with slow roasted tomato sauce

    This lightened-up lasagna calls for whole-wheat noodles, reduced-fat cheese, and homemade tomato sauce. The sauce is slow-roasted, which gives the lasagna a deliciously intense flavor.

    Per serving: 275 calories, 11g fat, 29g carbohydrates, 17g protein, 6g fiber

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    Friday: Grilled steak salad with tomatoes and eggplant

    Flank steak, eggplant, peppers, red onion, and of course, tomatoes, provide great flavor to this summer salad. Enjoy for less than 400 calories!

    Per serving: 359 calories, 21g fat, 17g carbohydrates, 27g protein, 5g fiber

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    Lauren Mennen Philly.com
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