The tomato is often mistaken as a vegetable but it’s actually a fruit! This might be a recurring reminder we all see in the write-ups and I do apologize for reminding you again, but too often people will call the tomato a vegetable.
In fact, tomatoes are one of the most versatile foods from nature that you can prepare in any way you like, whether fresh or raw, mixed with your favorite garden salad, cooked with your Italian herbs and spaghetti, or added to any dish. Tomatoes are incredibly versatile!
The main benefit is it's concentration of lycopene. Lycopene is the tomatoes’ trademark in health benefit; this red pigment is truly amazing as it is known to have antioxidants-a neutralizing property that protects your body from free radicals and is good for heart health.
When we think of tomatoes, we instinctively picture spaghetti and yes, we all love spaghetti. And what makes spaghetti tasty is that thick red tomato sauce we top it off with. While it is ok to consume lycopene from processed tomato products readily available in the market, we can’t forget the fact that eating tomatoes raw or cooked in natural processes is more favorable when it comes to ensuring you get these nutrients the organic way-in short, home-made.
Let me make it clear, I’m not against processed tomato products. But if there are chances we can get the best out of tomatoes, that’s when it’s consumed in its organic phase. So, if you grow tomatoes in your backyard, that’s even better. If not, there are a lot of them in the market, specially in the farmers' market.
What’s more? You can prepare any tomato delights you want as easy as the snap of your finger with VitaClay, the best slow cooker for enhancing the flavors and nutrients in your food.
p.s. clay is alkaline. Clay interacts with acidity in the food, neutralizing the pH balance. Highly acidic foods like tomato sauce will become naturally sweet when cooked in clay. Foods slow cooked in clay taste more robust with authentic flavors and textures. You can not get the same from a metal pot or pressure cooker.
Here are VitaClay’s best tomato recipes that are easy to make and healthy for you!
HOMEMADE DELICIOUS CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP
HEARTY ITALIAN TOMATO SAUSAGE SPINACH STEW
HOMEMADE ITALIAN TOMATO SAUCE, SLOW-SIMMERED IN CLAY
QUICK AND EASY NOURISHING TOMATO SOUP WITHOUT THE CAN!
Enjoy healthy cooking!
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