Tomatoes: How to get the garden fresh goodness of tomatoes all year long

byMissy

tomatoesTomatoes in Tetra Paks, Better than Canned

TRY THIS!  Boxed tomatoes and tomato paste—also called Tetra Paks—are a better way to go than canned. Why? Because they have one of the highest levels of BPA of any canned food. The acidity in the tomatoes actually leaches this chemical from the can. Glass jars are another good option.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup from Sneaky Blends
Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Makes 3 servings (Serving size: 2 cups)

Cauliflower Blend stands in for heavy cream in this homey soup—a trick you can use to add body to any creamy soup. I like to use whole boxed tomatoes, rather than the crushed or pureed kind, because food manufacturers tend to use higher-quality produce for them—who knew

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium Vidalia onion, diced

1 clove minced garlic

1 28-ounce box whole tomatoes, with juice

½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth (or chicken broth)

½ cup Cauliflower Blend (see below)

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

Sea salt and pepper

Directions

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and their juice, the broth and the Blend and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Carefully pour the soup into a high-powered blender and puree until smooth. Serve.

Nutrition facts (per serving): 177 calories; 9 g fat; 158 mg sodium; 23 g carbs; 7 g fiber; 13 g sugar; 4 g protein

Cauliflower Base Blend

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

10 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 medium heads)

Filtered water

Directions

Place a steamer basket into a large pot, pour in a few inches of water (make sure the water is below the bottom of the basket) and set it over high heat. Add the cauliflower and steam, covered, for 9 to 11 minutes, until fork tender. Remove from heat and blend cooked cauliflower with ¼ cup of water until smooth, adding more water as necessary.

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The Sneaky Chef