Looking for a new way to enjoy the fresh tomatoes that are in abundance right now? Personally, I could eat them right off the vine, and I do often. But if you are up to your gills in BLTs, spaghetti sauce and the like…here is a fresh new recipe to try. No cooking allowed here!
Tomatoes, Tomatoes Galore Salad
1 lb mixed variety small and/or large tomatoes ( try a mix of varieties, perhaps purple?)
3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. maple syrup (optional)
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. hot Spanish smoked paprika (or pinch red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp smoked paprika)
1 small shallot
2 Tbs. small capers, rinsed, drained
1/3 cup smoked almonds, chopped
Small handful of flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped
Fresh Ground Pepper
Cut the tomatoes into a mixture of disks and wedges; different sizes and shapes add variation to the dish. Whisk together oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, and paprika in a small mixing bowl.
Add the shallot, capers, tomatoes, half of the chopped almonds, and 3/4 of parsley. Toss gently to incorporate. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
When ready to serve, sprinkle remaining parsley and almonds on top. Enjoy.
Recipe contributed by: The Naked Cookbook, modified by eatlivefit.net
This is a tough one for most of us, reducing or cutting the sugar in our eating. It is worth it! There are ways to make it easier and I am sharing one with you today. Sometimes it is simply finding an alternative way to get the sweetness in your life.
I have recently revisited pomegranate seeds. I have avoided them for years due to the seasonal unavailability and the difficulty in getting to them (literally, the seeds are a bear to extract from the peel). Thanks to a few hacks, one being Costco shopping, these sweet little jewels are available now more than ever. They are now available in the refrigerated section at Costco, already removed from the peel and in small serving sizes. I ate up my last supply too quickly before I got a picture to share, but I will take one and post it as soon as I refresh my supply from Costco.
If Costco is not a place you frequent, there is still hope! Purchase the whole fruit from your grocer and here is a kitchen hack to make extracting those little beads of sweetness easy! Wooden Spoon Trick. It literally takes no time at all! Try it.
Here is my favorite recipe to share..a new salad to help you leave sugar behind The Transition Salad