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Go Beyond GMO: Tomato Recipes For Healthy Living

Make staple foods with organic ingredients for improved health. Make staple foods with organic ingredients for improved health.

 

For those of us making a concerted effort to grow more of our own food and reduce our intake of GMO products, it’s important to expand our thinking beyond basic fruits and vegetables. With that in mind, we present a couple of recipes for condiments that have become staples in North American homes. Both recipes feature the most popular grow-it-yourself fruit of them all – the tomato.

Chunky Salsa
2 tomatoes, quartered
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
1 jalapeno pepper (optional), stem and seeds removed, chopped
¾ teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients in a food processor fitted with its steel cutting blade and process until well chopped. Alternatively, you can chop all ingredients by hand and mix together in a bowl. If you use a food processor, don’t overdo it! You want chunks, not a mash. This is authentic-style salsa, not the goop you pour from a jar.

Tomato Pasta Sauce
4 lbs. fresh tomatoes,
peeled and chopped
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

First, a tip for peeling tomatoes: Place them in boiling water for about 45 seconds. Remove and place in a bowl of ice water for 1-2 minutes. The peel should slide right off.

Heat olive oil in a skillet or saucepan on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, basil and salt. Sauté for 5 minutes until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer uncovered for approximately two hours. Stir often until sauce has thickened. Use with pasta of your choice.

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