One of my favorite things about summer is our vegetable garden. Tired Dad Dave loves to grow tomatoes and the past couple of years we’ve actually been overrun with them. So on a search to find any and all tomato recipes, I may have stumbled upon the perfect one – Double-Tomato Bruschetta. It’s such a popular dish, that we bring it to all the family get-togethers and the plate is empty in under 15 minutes. Not only is this recipe tasty and filling, but it also helps fight heart disease.
I was recently made aware that ConAgra presented impressive research results at the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. The study showed that the nutrients in tomatoes have a big impact on heart disease prevention. The research revealed that:
- Lycopene absortion is 2-3 times higher in canned tomato products than in fresh
- Calorie for calorie, tomatoes contain more than twice the potassium of other common sources such as bananas, potatoes, milk and orange juice
Heart health is more important than ever. Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer in the United States. It is important that we are aware of this scary statistic and that we do what we can to prevent it – our children depend on us to take of ourselves and them.
Kora & Logan and Tired Dad Dave, all inspire me to be as healthy as I can be. I want to be around for a long time and I want to have a good quality of life, one that will allow me to enjoy the time I have with them. Not only does striving to be healthy help me to be there as the kids grow older, but it is also inspiring to them and will hopefully encourage Kora & Logan to lead healthy lives too.
Eating tomatoes is one step we can take towards better heart health. In fact, Hunt’s tomatoes are a wonderful source of fiber, Vitamin C, and Lycopene – all important ingredients in the fight against heart disease.
While my Double-Tomato Bruschetta recipe is a big hit in the summer, it’s tough to find quality, fresh tomatoes in Cleveland throughout the winter. Luckily, I tried using Hunt’s canned diced tomatoes and it turned out just as delicious. I was also happy to read that Hunt’s tomatoes are flash-steamed which helps keep their backyard garden taste, they are 100% natural, and contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients.
I’m happy to share it with you and if you get a chance to make it, let me know what you thought.
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans of Hunts Original or Petite Diced Tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, stems removed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Italian bread
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Make the Pillsbury Refrigerated Italian Bread as instructed on the package.
- Preheat the oven on broiler setting.
- In a large bowl, combine the roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.
- Cut the bread into 3/4-inch slices. On a baking sheet, arrange the slices in a single layer. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until slightly brown.
- Divide the tomato mixture evenly over the bread slices. Top the slices with mozzarella cheese.
- Broil for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
(I do confess that this recipe was original found on Allrecipes.com and adapted to fit our tastes. Love that site!)
For more great tomato based recipes visit TheMotherhood.com’s I Heart Tomato’s Circle.
What about you? What’s your favorite tomato recipe?
Thank you to The Motherhood, Conagra, and Hunt’s for providing the information and compensation for this post. The opinions are my own and that of my family.