Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Guacamole Tomato Boats & Peach Tomato Salsa


Did you know that April is Fresh Florida Tomato Month? In the spirit of this fantastic fruit, (YES, tomatoes are in fact a fruit!) I am sharing the nutritional benefits of tomatoes and some delicious and easy recipes revolving around the nutritional powerhouse from Produce for Kids.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat between 22- 24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year. (More than half of that consumption is ketchup and tomato sauce.) In addition, the tomato is the fourth most popular fresh-market vegetable behind potatoes, lettuce, and onions in the U.S.

Most people know that tomatoes are good for you, but how many people know why? Here are some fun facts about tomatoes from PFK Pop advisory board member and Registered Dietician, Estela Schnelle:

·         Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, & potassium
·         Tomatoes are also one of the foods that contain the highest amount of Lycopene, which is the pigment that give tomatoes, and certain fruits and vegetables their color
·         Lycopene appears to have antioxidant capabilities and is very good for the eyes
·         Research shows that a diet rich in Lycopene may be associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer and heart disease
Produce for Kids is a fantastic resource to help parents and kids learn about the benefits of consuming fresh produce by providing healthful meal solutions, videos, podcasts and much, much more. The site even hosts an advisory board made up of parents with a wide range of expertise who can provide additional tools and resources on how you can easily incorporate fruits and veggies into your family’s daily routine. To celebrate, Produce for Kids wants to share some fantastic tomato recipes from Ideal Meals.



Guacamole Recipes

Serves 2
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

·   2 medium tomatoes on the vine

·   8 Tbsp. guacamole (liberal tablespoonfuls)

·   8 Tbsp. salsa

·   4 Tbsp. grated cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400° F or turn broiler on High.
2. Wash and dry tomatoes. 
3. Slice tomatoes in half, cross section wise, and scoop out the insides, being careful not to puncture/tear the bottom of the tomato half.
4. With open side of tomato facing up, fill with guacamole, then salsa, and garnish with cheddar cheese.
5. Bake/broil until cheese melts, then remove from oven.

Nutrition Information:

Guacamole Tomato Boats Calories 365; Fat ; Protein ; Carbohydrate ; Fiber 7.2g; Cholesterol 1.5mg; Sodium 484mg; Calcium 16%DV; Vitamin A 62%DV; Vitamin C 97%DV; Iron 8%DV




Peach Tomato Salsa


Salsa Recipes

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients:

·   2 tomatoes

·   1 medium nectarine peeled and chopped

·   1 medium peach, peeled and chopped

·   ¼ cup Vidalia® onion, chopped

·   2 Tbsp. lime juice

·   3 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped

·   1/8 tsp. salt

·   Additional Meal Items:

·   1 seedless cucumber, sliced

·   4 corn tortillas, 6-inch diameter, cut into 8 triangles

·   Nonstick cooking spray

·   1 cup low-fat milk or juice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°F.  In a medium serving bowl, gently combine the tomatoes, peaches and onion.  Gently stir in the lime juice, cilantro and salt.  Let set 15 mins. before serving to allow flavors to meld.  While salsa marinates, place tortilla triangles on a baking pan.  Spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake for 5-6 mins. or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Information:
Peach Tomato Salsa Calories Calories 220 (69% carbohydrate, 20% protein, 12% fat); Fat ; Protein ; Carbohydrate ; Fiber 4g; Cholesterol 12mg; Sodium 240mg; Calcium 34% DV; Vitamin A 27% DV; Vitamin C 30% DV; Iron 5% DV



Thanks to Produce for Kids for recipes and tips
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13 comments:

TheMiddleClassMom said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

that looks so yummy and super easy to make!

Carolyn Colley said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

this sound good, thanks for the recipe

VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow,great reciepe ,going to give this one a try

Pat said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow gotta try that Peach Tomato Salsa. thanks very much.

Kimberly M. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh this sounds so good. I love salsa. I love guacamole. So this is right up my alley. Thank you for the recipe.

slehan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I MISSED Fresh Florida Tomato Month (since right now is May 1st). I would have celebrated it if I'd known. They have belated birthday cards so I'll just celebrate belatedly with the Peach Tomato Salsa.

lisagee1234 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

<------------going to eat more tomatoes at my house!

Maryann D. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The Guacamole Tomato Boats looks like a delicious dish. I love all the ingredients and it does not look too difficult to make. It is very healthy and my family would enjoy this, great recipe and different too.
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VDH360 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

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Karen Propes said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Cool, I love your site, and your receipe book. I have to try this, it just sounds so good!! We are grocery shopping tomorrow. I have almost everything. Can hardly wait!
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akronugurl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

looks so yummmmmy
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Jennifer said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

this one sounds great!

Sandy VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love recipes that aren't too difficult to make. Thanks for sharing

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