South Beach Diet - Weekly Veggie Thread - Tomatoes

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07-31-2008, 11:43 AM
I'm sure we all love tomatoes.....especially this time of the year. Besides throwing them on a salad or sandwich, how do you eat your tomatoes???
And they can be fresh or canned

07-31-2008, 12:37 PM
Straight out of the garden they don't need much. Just a little salt and pepper, and I am good to go.
I like to hollow them out and stuff them with tuna, chicken, shrimp, or crab salad. BLTs too!
Grape tomatoes I love to saute in a little olive oil and whatever spices and cook just until the skins start to split.
I have a recipe for stuffed veggies with ham and cheese, that's really good.
Fresh salsa.

07-31-2008, 12:43 PM
I'm sure we all love tomatoes...
Nope! I can't stand them plain, on sandwiches, in salads, etc. I like creamy tomato soup, tomato-based pasta sauces, and a little salsa here and there, but I can't stand plain tomatoes :dizzy:

Oh, and ketchup...I like that, too. Does that count? :p

07-31-2008, 01:07 PM
MMMMM! i love tomatoes. Grape tomatoes and lf cottage cheese is one of my favorite breakfasts in the summer. I don't really have any good recipes for them, i usually just eat them fresh. I am looking forward to some recipes here though.

Fat Melanie
07-31-2008, 01:13 PM
I love tomatoes in sauces, tomatoes in salads, I always had to have tomatoes on sandwiches and burgers, chopped tomatoes on tacos, salsa on tacos, and I love veggie pizzas with tomato chunks.

Unfortunately I can't eat sandwiches and burgers and tacos right now.

I love to make a good tomato sauce for italian dishes using a can of crushed tomatoes with no additives.

Oh, and I've learned to like v-8 juice! I used to find it disgusting, but now I really enjoy the flavor. Yes, I like it cold in a glass! Yum. And it's a great soup base.

Tomatoes are versatile.

07-31-2008, 01:16 PM
I love tomatoes.

I use a lot of canned tomatoes. They are great with sauteed veggies, especially squash. Sautee minced garlic and diced onions in a pan, add diced squash and a can of diced tomatoes. Season a variety of ways, I've gone italian with an italian mix, mexican with chile powder seasoning or indian with garam masala. Stir and sautee until squash is soft.

I haven't done it in a while but I also make a cooked bean medly of sorts with 2-3 cans of various beans (rinsed well), diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and whatever seasoning I'm feeling. Like above, mexican, indian or italian for the most part.

Canned or fresh tomatoes area also great for bean salads. Mix in a can of black beans(rinsed), kidney beans(rinsed), a can of tomatoes (drained), diced onions and cucumber. Top with some lemon juice and either red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar.

With regular tomatoes, I throw them in salads or just eat them by themselves.

07-31-2008, 01:19 PM
Grill tomatos, season with a little salt, pepper, and basil then slap a bit of mozzarella on them, let the mozzarella melt. Yum.

Belle Mer
07-31-2008, 01:31 PM
Caprese Salad: Tomatoes, basil, olive oil, lemon, and fresh mozzarella.

Canned: Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes. I use them in soups, chili, sauce, veggies - just about everything

Fat Melanie
07-31-2008, 01:49 PM
Sautee minced garlic and diced onions in a pan, add diced squash and a can of diced tomatoes. Season a variety of ways, I've gone italian with an italian mix, mexican with chile powder seasoning or indian with garam masala. Stir and sautee until squash is soft.

I have never thought to use canned tomatoes with squash. That sounds great. Thanks for posting that because I fully intend on trying that, probably the italian kind (and like hook it up with some chopped onion and garlic). That would be really good as a side dish or even as a topping for grilled chicken breast or a steak. :D

07-31-2008, 02:08 PM
I'm with Belle...a big old juicy creole tomato in a caprese salad with fresh basil leaves out of the garden is tops.

07-31-2008, 02:25 PM
Friday Night's Pizza Fix for this week:

It looks really good...I guess almost like a baked caprese salad.

07-31-2008, 05:13 PM
Oh that sounds yummy! I am definately going to try that. I love caprese salad anyway.

07-31-2008, 06:36 PM
I've been using sliced tomatoes with crisp Turkey pepperoni as afternoon snacks once or twice a week. Pretty good.

I also like to stuff my tomato with tuna, I was going to have that for lunch today but forgot my lunch so I'll have it tomorrow.

They are good when you take some lf swiss cheese and put it on a slice of tomato and broil until cheese melts.

07-31-2008, 07:19 PM
I wouldn't be Italian if I didn't like tomatoes. I love them best, sun-warmed fresh from the garden with a little sea salt and pepper. I like to roast cherry tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and chopped garlic, sooooo good! A favorite canned tomato recipe I use often is to saute chickpeas in olive oil and chopped onions til browned, then add a can of diced tomatoes and crushed garlic. Heat through and serve with locatelli or parmesan shavings. :drool:

The only way I don't like them is cold, and I won't go near tomato juice. :no:

07-31-2008, 07:49 PM
In the north, people put mayo on isn't too bad, but not great. I prefer them fresh with a little pepper....salt with tomatoes aggravates my stomach - acidity?

I also like to roast them and use them in sauces and such.

I like canned, but only in the winter. In the summer, I can make my own purees.

07-31-2008, 07:59 PM
Yum! The only kind for me is the one I pick in my own garden. I love them! I make salsa and chili sauce and also can lots for the winter. (Just did a garden inspection and this may be the year for green tomato mincemeat unless things hurry up!)

Cherry tomatoes roasted with pesto and ww croutons is just yummy. I also do an Italian thingie with tomatoes, eggs, eggplant and peppers with onion and garlic of course. Looks terrible but tastes great.

And then there's gazpacho!

07-31-2008, 08:14 PM
I'm a bruschetta girl. I tend to eat them with cracked pepper and olive oil triscuits, but you can put it on toasted whole wheat bread, salads, whatever.

Easy Bruschetta

3-4 Large Tomatoes, chopped (or 1 large can diced tomatoes)
3-4 T. 2% Shredded Italian Cheese Blend
1-2 t. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large garlic clove, pressed
green onion, chopped
fresh basil (or dried)

07-31-2008, 08:57 PM
bread, mayo, very thick fresh tomato slices, salt...I usually eat it standing over the kitchen sink because the tomato juices will run down my arms, that is my absolute favorite.
BUT, I haven't met a tomato I didn't like, in salads, picos, roasted, sauces etc.
One of my co-workers made a greek bread salad for mother's day and it was divine with the fresh tomatoes, feta, grilled bread, onions, etc.

07-31-2008, 09:20 PM
Count me in the Italian crowd. We go through several cases every winter and eat as many fresh as we can get.
Tomato salad with evoo, garlic and fresh basil is our favorite. Julie has hers on fresh buffalo mozzarella. I'm resisting that this year.

I'm also making "sun dried" tomatoes in the dehydrator.

08-01-2008, 01:38 AM

Was going to say with Mayo. Also I eat grape tomatoes with Italian dressing. So yummy.

08-01-2008, 07:32 AM
I grew up in central NY and I've definitely eaten my share of tomatoes with mayo, or stuffed with tuna ;)