Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes that are Perfect for Summer Tomatoes

There is nothing better than a summer tomato. We can thank Thomas Jefferson for introducing this super food to Americans. Colonists thought the plant was poisonous, but Jefferson harvested the vegetable, rich in antioxidants  and vitamins A, C, and folic acid at his home in Virginia.

Jefferson learned tomatoes were filled with health benefits and took advantage of farm-fresh tomatoes cultivated on his farm.

Here are five recipes that will help you get more tomatoes in your diet. The best part of all is that these recipes are quick and easy so you can spend less time in the kitchen.

5 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes for Summer Tomatoes

Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Lemon and Garlic from the The Garden Grazer Blog.  This quick and easy recipes using the best of summer produce. By tossing with pasta, you have a full meal in as long as it takes to cook the pasta.

Tomato and Basil Bake from the Taste and Tell.  This summer side dish would be great with fish or grilled chicken. The dish takes advantage of garden cherry tomatoes. It's ready in less than 15 minutes.

Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread from Southern Living.  During peak summer nights, it's too hot to cook. This take on a cool cucumber-tomato sandwich is perfect. Serve with Orzo pasta tossed with feta cheese and you have a great meal. We would add a little bit of Basil Vitality oil for extra flavor.

Basil, Chicken, and Tomato Salad from Midwest Living. A fresh take on a Caprese salad is bursting with flavor with avocado, lime and basil. Save that roasted chicken for another recipe like Chicken Salad. 

Tex-Mex Chicken Soup from Cooking Light. Using a rotisserie chicken this flavorful and light soup can be on the table in less than 30-minutes.  It's just 186 calories per serving.

Quick Time Saver for Fresh Herbs/Plants: New Vitality Cooking Oils 

A great pantry essential is Vitality Dietary Oils. With popular favorites like Lime, Lemon, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Cilantro, Dill, and Basil, you are prepared for any recipe that calls for fresh ingredients any time.  We like to use a combination of both fresh and vitality oil for an extra boost of flavor. There are no synthetic ingredients. Ingredients are one hundred percent pure, concentrated plants cultivated on a farm and are exclusive the essential oil company, Young Living. When cooking with vitality oils, a drop or two is all you need. One 5ML bottle contains 85 drops. You can buy these oils for your pantry through the Young Living website. Learn more about the company under our Essential Oils link at our top menu.

Editor's Note: Only buy the vitality oils from the Official Young Living website. Not all oils are intended for ingestion, and third party sites such as eBay and Amazon could be tampered with and are not shipped directly from the company. 

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