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Friday, 5 July 2019

Make the most of tomatoes ... pies, salads and soups can be good !


Juicy and sweet, fresh tomatoes can be a delicious addition to salads. They come in a range of sizes and varieties from small cherry to big beef, and traditionally they're red in colour but you can also get tomatoes in yellow, green, purple and orange. Tomatoes are mainly a carbohydrate with some fibre, but they are best known for their vitamin and mineral content which includes calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene (which becomes vitamin A when consumed), vitamins C and E, some B vitamins and vitamin K. You may like to read more about tomatoes here. But if you are looking for some recipe suggestions (many are low carb) have a look below, there may be one, or more, you'd like to try.

Summer Tomato Pie : Low Carb 
see more details/recipe here


Salad Aveyronnaise : A little bit of France on your table
see more details/recipe here


Vittoria tomato tricolore salad : Perfect for summer and it's LCHF 
see more details/recipe here


Halloumi, courgette (zucchini), green bean and tomato salad
see more details/recipe here

 

Tomato Soup with onions, carrot and celery 
see more details/recipe here


Gazpacho Soup - A wonderful taste of Andalucia - Perfect for Summer
see more details/recipe here


I hope you may enjoy these suggestions, but please note, you will find a variety of recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

31 comments:

Miss Val's Creations said...

These are great ways to enjoy tomatoes. Always a favorite staple in our house!

Elephant's Child said...

I had no idea that tomatoes were predominantly carbohydrates. I love them (particularly homegrown), and use them often. Thank you for continuing my education.
Do you have to limit them in your diet?

mxtodis123 said...

Love tomatoes. I eat lots of them, all different kinds.

Tom said...

...they are great and coming soon here!

Lowcarb team member said...

Elephant's Child said...
I had no idea that tomatoes were predominantly carbohydrates. I love them (particularly homegrown), and use them often. Thank you for continuing my education.
Do you have to limit them in your diet?

Many thanks for your comment and question.
As you may be aware my husband Eddie is a type 2 Diabetic, and yes, he does have to limit them as they can affect his blood sugars. This is why when you are diabetic it is especially important to know the affect certain foods have on you, as what suits one person may not suit another!

I am not diabetic but I do live a LCHF lifestyle, my carb intake is about 50 grams per day and I do have a few more tomatoes than Eddie does.

Tomatoes contain about 3 grams of net carbs per 100 grams (about 6 grams per cup). But if you are eating a strict keto low-carb diet (below 20 grams per day) it’s worth keeping in mind that the carbs do add up, and you can only eat a moderate amount of tomatoes to stay under that limit.
Certain forms of tomatoes are more concentrated in carbohydrates, so more planning is needed to fit these foods into your menu plans.

This link below gives more information:

https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/vegetables

All the best Jan

William Kendall said...

Good suggestions!

Elephant's Child said...

thank you.

happyone said...

Nothing like fresh tomatoes out of the garden. We've not had much luck with tomatoes this year. Tried growing them from seeds and they are pretty pathetic looking.

DUTA said...

Their attractive red color doesn't let us miss them. Tomatoes are the "first responders" to the salad feast. And we cannot ignore their lycopene pigment that has many health benefits.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Both soups sound great, but I think I will give tomato one try.
Coffee is on

Jan/JFM said...

Great post Jan!
I love tomatoes and cook with them often.
I also love to snack on cherry tomatoes­čŹů

Chatty Crone said...

I tried to make a tomato pie once - and I let it drain for a long time - it was good - but still wet on the bottom.

Marfi-topia said...

gorgeous, delicious post! thanks for sharing these lovely recipes!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never heard of tomato pie before. I am really hungry, now! Everything looks so tasty.

mamasmercantile said...

There is nothing nicer than tomatoes straight from the garden in whatever guise.

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Wonderful fresh tomatoes that are losing their taste to the old fashioned ones, still they are ok.

Jo said...

Some great recipes there. It won't be long now until I'm picking ripe tomatoes from my plants.

Teresa said...

Los tomates me encantan. Un beso.

Sussi said...

great recipes! thank you!

CJ Kennedy said...

I love cherry tomatoes in salads or eaten out of hand

Valerie-Jael said...

Tomatoes are always good! Valerie

Carola Bartz said...

Tomatoes is a staple in our house during the summer, especially when the ones I grow are ripe. We love a simple caprese salad. These recipes look good.

dellgirl said...

These tomato dishes look absolutely delicious, every last one of them. I love, love, love tomatoes...pretty much any way you fix them. Thank you for sharing these.

Even though "I Hate To Cook", I might be tempted to try that tomato pie, it looks so good.

Wishing you a Happy Saturday night and a Great Sunday!

Iris Flavia said...

And I just bought sooo many violet tomatoes at the market :-)

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment!! I love home grown tomatoes in the Summer but I do not have the room to grow them so I do the next best thing!! Buy them from the Amish farmer who sets up several stands at the Mini Mart down the street. There is nothing like a tomato sandwich with lots of mayo in the Summer!!
Hugs,
Deb

baili said...

thank you sooooooooooo much for MOUTHWATERING post dear Jan :)

this is so rich with stuff i like so much :)))

Snowbird said...

I do love tomatoes, that soup looks truly delicious!xxx

NCmountainwoman said...

One of the best things about summer are those luscious tomatoes.

Sally said...

We love tomatoes, and those recipes look so good! :)

Jeanie said...

I adore toatoes and I see a lot of link clicking in my immediate future!

Magic Love Crow said...

Thank you Jan for an amazing post! Loved it all! Big Hugs!