Lycopene Explosion

July 30, 2012

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I have more tomatoes for you! We have tons coming out of the garden – Matt brings in a shirt full a few times a week. He also keeps getting them at the markets, so we have had a continuous surplus for a few weeks now! Sometimes he eats them like apples. I am not quite there yet…

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But I do love them cooked – and as a bonus, the lycopene is better absorbed!

Yesterday’s canning adventure yielded only 6 jars – but the flavor is packed in.

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We opened one tonight and used about half in a spaghetti dish along with sautéed eggplant, more tomatoes, fresh basil, a can of cannellini beans as the protein component…

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…and the last of the goat feta!!

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Spaghetti is one of my very favorite foods :mrgreen:

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1 Cristin July 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

That looks so fresh and tasty. I might need to make something similar this week. Have you had any heartburn? Tomato sauce does that to me.

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2 KathEats July 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Luckily I haven’t…just a little bit of reflux

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3 Jeri July 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I might have missed it, but do you have a link to the canning recipe for the sauce?

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4 KathEats July 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm

We used my mom’s tomato sauce recipe: http://www.katheats.com/recipage?recipe_id=6000309

And I don’t know too much about the canning – he used TONS of tomatoes and make a 10x batch or something and then the pressure cooker to finish them off

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5 Kim Weigand July 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

Kath-what size paste?? We have so many tomatoes I need to do something with and that sauce looks yummy!!

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6 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

The standard little can – 6 ounces I believe

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7 Sana July 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I like tomatoes mixed in things. Too squishy to enjoy alone.

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8 Miranda July 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

My favorite way to eat a tomato is like an apple! Mmmmmm

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9 Melissa @ HerGreenLife July 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

‘Tis the season for canning tomatoes. I spent most of the day cooking tomatoes down into a really thick sauce. My goal was to cook them down enough to fit them into 7 quart jars (the max our pressure canner will hold). I overdid the cooking down a bit, because I only ended up with 5 quarts, but it is wonderfully thick.

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10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Spaghetti used to be my absolute favorite food growing up! With marinara sauce, of course! I

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11 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

That looks amazing! I LOVE fresh tomatoes this time of year! You can never have too many!

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12 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

YUM! I can’t eat tomatoes like apples but my parents always used to do their garden fresh tomatoes on a piece of toast. I was never able to do that growing up but now that I’m no where near their fresh grown tomatoes I think I would LOVE that! (ha! funny how that works!)

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13 Jessica @ New Girl, New City July 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Yum! Spaghetti is possibly my most favorite food. Especially, my mom’s. <- Comfort food at its finest!

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14 Laura July 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

This sounds so yummy! I’m going to make something similar. We only get a few tomatoes a week, but then, we are in Brooklyn. I think we get points just for getting anything! Also, the eggplant is ripe right now. Yum! I’m in!

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15 val @ lots of dishes July 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

i love that matt brings in a shirt-full of tomatoes. i TOTALLY understand what that means, i do that all the time!:)

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16 Rachel July 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

This looks so good! I love pasta haha

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17 Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey July 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I love pasta with lots of tomato sauce and cheese. I wish we can have fresh tomatoes all year round.

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18 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio July 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

A beautiful dish Kath!

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19 Sara July 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

That spaghetti looks AMAZING and makes me rather sad I already ate dinner :P

One day I would LOVE to have a huge vegetable garden and can a ton of produce for the winter [my fantasy daydream is that I’d be able to totally support myself with my garden and never have to buy my staple veggies ever again… but I may be dreaming a little too big].

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20 Madison July 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I need to learn how to can tomatoes–my Granddaddy does and his are delicious! Maybe I can get his recipe and share with the world soon. I know he would feel honored. :)

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21 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass July 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Are those black cherry tomatoes!? They’re my favorite! Like candy!

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22 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not July 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I’m definitely one of those people who eats tomatoes like apples. Garden fresh tomatoes are the best!

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23 Cait's Plate July 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Yum – looks so good! I definitely don’t eat enough spaghetti. I need to change that!

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24 j3nn July 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

That pasta looks fabulousssssssss! I wish my tomatoes were doing well, but they’re not. :( Some furry things were hungry and nibbled on them. Sigh.

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25 Elle @ nutritionella July 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Home-grown tomatoes are the best. I grew up hating them until I had a non-grocery store tomato and been in love ever since!

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26 Elle @ nutritionella July 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

but I’m with you. I’m not quite at the point where I could just bite into a whole one. :)

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27 Angel7 July 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I love to eat sliced tomatoes with salt & pepper! I just had that the other night.

Yesterday, my husband made spaghetti with cherry tomato halves, garlic, basil, EVOO, & grated cheese–yum!

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28 Kimberly July 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

That looks so delicious! Definitely will be making something similar this week.

I can’t believe Matt can eat a tomato like an apple! The closest I come to raw tomatoes is bruschetta-form.

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29 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm

“only” 6 jars? — well that beats the zero I made! looks fabulous!

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30 Amelia July 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Yum! We have two big pots with tomatoes on our balcony – a.k.a. a poor man’s garden – but Lucy keeps picking them before they’re ripe! I guess picking is just too much fun.

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31 Khushboo July 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

What is it about spaghetti that makes it soo much more comforting to eat than any other shape!!

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32 Dominique July 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm

The tomatoes in my parents’ garden isn’t quite ready yet. I used to hate raw tomatoes but now I don’t mind them too much in my salads…cut up into small chunks or grapes tomatoes halved. I’m still not at the point where I could eat a raw stuffed tomato (one my dad’s specialties) or like an apple but I’m working on it. Long noodles dishes are one of my faves too…I think they get overlooked for the rigatoni, elbow or shells a little too much.

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33 Liz July 31, 2012 at 12:58 am

Spaghetti is my favorite food – both to eat & make. I do prefer mine with a meat sauce, however ;)

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34 Bea July 31, 2012 at 2:35 am

I love tomatoes! I often just slice them and salt them and and have a whole plateful as a snack. Loved this!
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35 Molly @ RDexposed July 31, 2012 at 5:10 am

It’s nice to know that other people, of course dietitians, think this way!

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36 Heather July 31, 2012 at 5:30 am

I love eating tomatoes like apples. My friends in college used to make fun of me. I think of them every time I eat tomatoes that way.

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37 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama July 31, 2012 at 6:16 am

I love your photos in this post. Very pretty!

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38 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 31, 2012 at 6:42 am

I love fresh home grown tomatoes. My friend has been supplying me with them for weeks now. I’m thinking of making my own tomato sauce too :)

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39 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 31, 2012 at 6:45 am

Looks awesome! My parents can their own tomato sauce every year and it makes the best pasta sauce!

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40 Jo Williams July 31, 2012 at 7:07 am

Tomatoes, my fave veggie from the garden, and unfortunately in southern WV, they’re not doing well in anyone’s gardens! My co-workers and neighbors share veggies from their gardens – we’ve enjoyed squash, zucchini, cukes, corn but sadly no tomatoes. Hoping we’ll get some before the summer is over.

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41 Catalina @ Cake with Love July 31, 2012 at 7:59 am

LOL I eat tomtoes like appleas too, with a little salt and sometimes some crumbled feta on the side! :)

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42 Alison July 31, 2012 at 8:18 am

Whoa that looks so hearty and delicious! I love a bowl of spaghetti packed with nutrients :) and the goat feta I’m sure just finishes it perfectly!

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43 Pat July 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

So funny that you canned them, presumably for later use, and then opened one to use now. LOL

I love tomatoes any way. Fresh from the garden, with a little salt, in a sandwich with a little mayo, in my salads, cooked with pasta, etc.

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44 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I know – we just couldn’t resist!

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45 MommyPage July 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Yum!! Those tomatoes look so fresh and juicy. Those are definitely in season now and have been great. I hope you enjoyed your meal.

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46 Danielle July 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I want to make that for dinner, now! Looks amazing! This is our first Summer gardening in Western WA. As we were warned, our tomato plants aren’t doing so hot. We’ve gotten about 12 cherry tomatoes out of the entire summer so far. We do have one early girl that started ripening recently and we check on it every evening like doting parents. In Ohio we would spend the Summer giving our excess tomatoes to anyone and everyone. Now, each ripe tomato is a little treat that the two of us get excited over!

I keep meaning to add white beans to my pasta in order to bulk things up and cut down on the pasta!

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47 Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I haven’t had much tomato action lately…unusual for me! I’m one of those people who pops grape tomatoes into her mouth like they’re candy, haha.

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