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3 Fresh Recipes with Tomatoes

 

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It’s your last chance to take advantage of summer’s bounty – delicious tomatoes!

On-the-vine, heirloom, grape – green, yellow, orange or red – there are so many wonderful ways to use one of summer’s finest fruits. I love tomatoes not just because they are pretty, juicy and succulent but because they are uber healthy too. I always feel good about feeding my kids (and myself) a source of lycopene out of something other than the ketchup squeeze bottle.

Here are 3 ideas for tomatoes, now perfect and in season.

Grill ‘Em Up: Shish Kebab

If you can take the heat then head outside. I love skewering sweet grape tomatoes along with beef and mushrooms. This great kosher shish kebab recipe was designed for indoor use year round but don’t miss out on your last chance to grill before the Yom Tovim begin.

Fresh Sliced: Mozzarella and Tomato Stacks

Beat the heat with fresh sliced tomatoes and mozzarella. There are just a few ingredients so let’s get them right. In season perfectly ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and good quality, mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar are key. I was introduced to this perfect Italian starter when I moved to NYC. My college roommate Ro could not get enough of this dish and she would order it whenever we went out to eat.

In a Salad: Italian Tomato Salad

This super simple Italian tomato salad is great for entertaining indoors or out. I serve it as part of the fish course on Shabbos or as a side for a BBQ. It’s done in a snap looks beautiful and tastes even better.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy tomatoes in the summer? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."

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