Sunday, September 4, 2011

Summer Fresh Tomato Pasta

The farmers market in my area is bursting with fresh tomatoes now.  If you are lucky, you have tomato plants that are producing fruit.  Here is a healthy way to use tomatoes that your family will love.

Summer Fresh Tomato Pasta

Serves 4-6
Ingredients:
6-8 tomatoes chopped
5 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
1 chopped clove garlic
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper
1lb spaghetti pasta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Prep:
In a large bowel mix the tomatoes in the olive oil. Add lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper.
Cook the spaghetti al-dente in a large pot of water
Drain pasta and immediately toss with the tomatoes.
Top with cheese and enjoy

EverythingHealth tips:
  • You can make this recipe even more healthy by adding 1 cup of chopped zucchini
  • Olive Oil and Canola Oil are the only cooking oils you will need in your pantry.  Both are heart healthy
  • If you are dieting or want to avoid the 225 calories in 1 cup of spaghetti, substitute spaghetti squash (only 40 calories/cup)  for a really healthy dish.
  • Tomatoes have the highest content of Lycopene of any fruit or vegetable.  Lycopene acts as an anti-oxidant in the body and helps fight cancer and heart disease 
  •  Tomatoes should not be refrigerated as they loose their consistency and flavor.  Keep them in a cool place and eat as soon as you can after picking

    10 comments:

    Chef Scotty said...

    Hey, nice recipe, but I'm the chef and I kept those tomatoes healthy while you were off to Africa. Shouldn't I help you eat them.
    Scott

    Toni Brayer, MD said...

    Chef Scotty:
    Unfortunately my tomatoes are still green due to not enough heat this summer (darn). Farmers Market, however, is in full bloom.

    Raymond Bouchayer said...

    This looks delicious ...at what time is dinner ?

    Natural Supplements said...

    I think the natural and biological sources of vitamins and minerals are best compared with other packaging and plastic products. Always try to push things you need in your home. It is not only going to be cheaper, but it will be much more beneficial to your health and your family.

    Nikko Marasigan said...

    thanks for the tip, will try to add 1 cup of chopped zucchini. Happy eating!

    George said...

    I tried your pasta today it was excellent.. thanks for the tomato advice not putting them in the fridge..

    Nikko Marasigan said...

    I agree with George your pasta recipe is awesome Toni!

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    + megnetic - said...

    "in a large bowel" -->ha awesome