Did you know that April is Fresh Florida Tomato Month? It sure is, and my garden is filled with delicious fresh tomatoes, which I try to incorporate into great-tasting recipes. Produce for Kids has lots of easy tomato recipes, and with these recipes for kids you just cannot go wrong.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat between 22- 24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year, bur more than half of that consumption is ketchup and tomato sauce.
Check out these fun facts about tomatoes from Produce For Kids 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 (www.produceforkids.com) is a great resource for parents and kids, because it is filled with a wealth of information including lots of recipes for kids, videos, podcasts and much, much more. The site also hosts an advisory board made up of parents with a wide range of expertise, who helps show how you can easily incorporate fruits and veggies into your family’s daily routine.
Check out these great Tomato Recipes:
Guacamole Tomato Boats
Serves 2 – Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
- 2 medium tomatoes on the vine
- 8 Tbsp. guacamole (liberal tablespoonfuls)
- 8 Tbsp. salsa
- 4 Tbsp. grated cheddar cheese
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.
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
Serves 4 – Preparation Time: 25 Minutes
- 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
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.
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
You can find more great recipes for kids including some great tomato recipes at the Produce For Kids website.
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