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Second only to potatoes, tomatoes hold a special place in the hearts of Americans as one of the most popular vegetables. That’s great news considering that research shows a diet rich in tomato-based foods is linked to a decreased risk of cancer, most notably prostate cancer, as well as heart disease.

One disease-fighting agent in tomato products is the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is 
the pigment that gives tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon, guavas and papayas their 
red color.

Lycopene is fat-soluble, meaning you absorb more of it when you add a little fat. That’s 
one of the reasons we added some oil to the balsamic glaze dressing used to coat the 
tomato slices in today’s Tomato Tart.


If your garden is still producing tomatoes, try these quick and easy ways to add them to 
your menu.

  • Create a flavorful salsa or Pico de Gallo by tossing together chopped tomatoes, finely diced onion, minced jalapeno or serrano pepper, garlic and cilantro. Add a splash of olive oil and red wine vinegar or lime juice, and a pinch of coarse salt and black pepper.
  • Try an open-faced tomato and ricotta cheese sandwich. Smear reduced-fat ricotta cheese on a slice of toasted, whole-grain bread. Nestle a few fresh basil leaves on top of the cheese and add a couple of slices of tomato.
  • If you’re making cornbread, line a skillet or baking dish with thinly sliced tomatoes, pour the batter on top and bake until done. Flip it over and you’ve got tomato upside-down cornbread. 

Enjoy today’s Tomato Tart. It’s an easy, yet elegant-looking appetizer to whip up for your next party or get-together. 

Darlene Zimmerman is a registered…