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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.

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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…