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Wellness Wednesday: Totally tomato recipes

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Boy oh boy!

You guys don’t mess around when it comes to cooking with tomatoes! When we wrote about Bushel Boy tomatoes from Minnesota we asked for your best tomato-based recipes. And wow! We got some great responses! It didn’t seem right to keep those all to ourselves so we gathered up some of the tomato-inspired recipes you sent to us via this blog as well as Facebook and Twitter.


BLT

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich lovers: 

BLT was a popular — and delicious — idea among those who contributed recipe ideas. From Sara: “Nothing better than a BLT, and with a good tomato to top this sandwich off gives us a taste of summer during the long winter months!” And from Barb: “Year round BLTs!”

Love BLTs, but looking for a unique recipe? Here’s a great BLT recipe close to our hearts that includes not only some delicious tomatoes, but also avocados.

Salsa, sauce and soup makers:

“I like to make marinara sauce from fresh tomatoes, to go with my favorite Italian-style meatballs. Fresh tomatoes always make it tastier!” – Keith Kintner

“I use them to make my fresh salsa, homemade spaghetti sauce, chili, the possibilities are endless.” – Kim Ingenthron

“Homemade fresh tomato soup with herb croutons or oyster crackers is a fast, easy and healthy meal.” – Anne Paape

The creative tomato minds:

“In my grilled cheese! Thin slices!” – @CorreyHope via Twitter

“For breakfast I like to toast a bagel, cover it with hummus, and then add a slice of tomato, a poached egg and chunks of avocado or mozzarella!” – Mary Flinn

“Stuffed tomatoes with chicken or tuna salad; so healthy and gluten free!” – Kris Otto

“Spread pesto on pumpernickel toast and put sliced tomatoes on that! Yum!” – Liz Wiechert

Speaking of creative, here’s a whole list of great tomato-based recipes developed by the Festival Foods team of registered dietitians.

For those who like to play with their food:

“Love to fry tomatoes with garlic salt, parm cheese and oregano. Nothing better. Also do food art with them. My fav pastime!”  – @SnickerDoo2 via Twitter.

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We hope you spotted a tomato-based meal or two that you can cook up in the future! We know we sure did.

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