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Recipe Adventure: 9 Simple Ways To Use Those Ripe Tomatoes From Your Garden

These tomato recipes are bursting with flavor

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Roast them, dice them, throw them in a stew — tomatoes have just as much versatility as other fruits and veggies plucked straight from your garden.


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Before we take a nosedive into breezier autumn weather, here’s a roundup of some fun and colorful recipes that put your clutch of ripe tomatoes to good use.

A simple start

4 Ingredient Tomato Sauce

After a long day, sometimes you just want something simple to satisfy your appetite. If you’re looking for comfort food, this easy 4-ingredient tomato sauce is naturally low in fat and calories and a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.

Baked goods

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Pairing plump tomatoes with fresh feta and mixed greens makes for a good match in late summer and early fall. Try baking these ingredients together to achieve a melt-in-your-mouth dish that’s light and flavorful.

Picnic approved

Recipe: Roasted Tomato, Cheese and Arugula Sandwiches

Who needs avocado toast when you’ve got this recipe for open-faced roasted tomato, arugula and goat cheese sandwiches? Light enough for any picnic, this dish relies on the freshest ingredients you have on hand — plus it makes for a great photo opportunity outdoors.

Fruity mix

Cantaloupe, tomatoes and pumkin seed salad

Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad — unless, of course, you’ve got cantaloupe on hand! This recipe is loaded with flavor and has a few surprising twists with the addition of jalapenos, lime juice and pumpkin seeds.

Spice is nice

Lentil curry with roasted tomatoes

Can’t wait until cooler temps? Spice things up with this recipe for lentils and roasted curry tomatoes. Curry powder and garlic will elevate your ripe cherry tomatoes to new heights, plus this dish is loaded with fiber.

Oven ready

roasted eggplant and tomatoes

Tomatoes take a supporting role in this dish where eggplants are the main focus. They’ll burst with flavor when roasted with garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and red pepper flakes.

Large haul

Healthy Recipes, Stuffed Tomatoes, Farro, Meat Alternatives

Save your biggest beefsteak tomatoes for this recipe. You’ll use farro, zucchini, fresh basil, parsley and Parmesan to create a stuffing that’s nutty, herby and delicious. These are big enough to stand on their own, but they also pair well with grilled chicken or fish.

Stewed together

Stewed tomatoes with peppers and radishes

On their own, peppers, radishes, tomatoes, turnips and carrots are all great additions to almost any salad or stir-fry — but when stewed together, they can make a huge impact. This recipe combines all these vegetables into one great dish that’s great on its own or as a spread.

Golden hour

Recipe lemon couscous aparagus and cherry tomatoes

Nothing says summer like a bright, citrusy dish that’s light and flavorful. This dish uses couscous cooked in chicken broth and lemon juice as its base before it’s topped with crisp tomatoes for a nice finish.


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