Hot Tomato

Although it’s officially fall, many of the summer crops I planted in my garden continue to produce. Right now, I’m getting more tomatoes than I got in the middle of the summer. (In most parts of the country local tomatoes are available until the first frost of the season.) Mid-summer, I usually eat tomatoes raw in a salad, on their own, chopped with onions and herbs as a condiment, and mixed in with whole grains and beans. But as the season changes, I find the idea of cooked tomatoes much more appealing.

There are a variety of ways to cook them, but these are a couple of my favorites. You can then serve them as a side dish to meat, fish, poultry and other veggies or on their own. If you have any herbs in your garden, try adding those as well.  Basil, oregano, Italian parsley, sage and rosemary all taste delicious with both of these preparations.

Roasted: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut tomatoes in half and slice onions. Coat both with vegetable oil cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Place tomatoes cut-side down on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. (Green tomatoes are delicious prepared exactly the same way, especially if you add a few cloves of garlic.)

Stewed: Place quartered and cored tomatoes, chopped onion, diced garlic and chopped rosemary in a pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until tomatoes become soft, about 15 minutes.


About Sidra Forman, Best Life Chef

Sidra worked as an attorney, filmmaker and restaurateur before joining the Best Life team. In addition to her work writing and developing recipes for The Best Life, she runs a cut-flower business, is an urban farmer, consults for restaurants and writes for a variety of publications as well as her own blog. She has also contributed to The Best Life Diet, The Best Life Diet Cookbook, and The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes. Sidra believes that the best-tasting food makes you feel your best. Her recipes are easily approachable, often highlighting seasonal ingredients prepared simply. She enjoys growing food and cooking for herself, her friends, her family and her daughter.

  • Sharon

    I really want to try the roasted green tomatoes! I’ve never thought to do this, but it sounds really good. Summer and good tomatoes are synonymous in my vocabulary. What a luxury!