Ingredient: Tomatoes

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There is a by of a controversy about whether or joy to store your tomatoes in the fridge.  We here at CSA365 lean heavily towards not storing them in the fridge, leaving them on a countertop (not too close together) works well.


These beauties were from Springdell plants grown in Jess’ Community Garden plot.


If you find yourself with a surplus of cherry tomatoes in the summer (hard to believe, I know), cook them up with a little garlic and olive oil, and you’ll be amazed at how many you’ll devour.  Sarah roasts hers with a bit of honey, also quite delicious!    


400 degrees in the oven with olive oil, coarse salt and pepper to taste, and 20 minutes later you have a way to devour those extra cherry tomatoes before they get squishy! (How’s that for a delectable run-on sentence?)  These sticky sweet beauties are filled with flavor, and you can literally sit and eat a ton.  Okay, maybe not a literal ton, but pretty close.  Don’t forget to scrape the syrup off the baking dish, that’s the best part!


Another option is to leave them on your counter, visible to those walking by. As a quick and healthy snack, you’d be surprised by how many slowly disappear through the week.


Recipes Using Tomatoes

Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta is a dish that involves grilled and mashed eggplant with yummy spices. You can choose the spice level that works for you by varying the amount of hot peppers used, and whether or not you choose to include the seeds. If you’re short on time, grill the eggplant ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook up the rest of the dish. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, I found this dish is even more delicious the next day. Thanks to NYT Cooking for this adaptation, who adapted it from chef Julie Sahni!

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Nan’s famous cabbage roll recipe with a few tweaks for modern day convenience. Adapted from the “Taste of Home” magazine, this one fuses lasagna with galumpkis in a satisfying way! The non-cabbage lovers in my household can’t resist it… A can of Campbells tomato soup is one of Nan’s secret ingredients, and doesn’t live on the “Staples” list in Veggiescope so you’ll have to make a trip to the grocery store, but I’m willing to bet it’s good without it, too.

Lacos (aka Lettuce Tacos)

Lacos, or “lettuce tacos” can be an easy way to go gluten-free or paleo with your dinner. It’s also fun and delicious, the ingredients are very flexible, it’s more of a concept than a recipe… Next time you get that big leafy lettuce in your garden or your CSA, consider if it’ll make a nice alternative to a tortilla, and if so, prepare your taco ingredients!