Grilled All-American Avocado Pizza

Grilled All-American Avocado Pizza

Looking for a seasonal homemade pizza that everyone will love? This scrumptious Grilled All-American Avocado Pizza recipe is a perfect dish to share with your family and friends. During the summer, everyone wants an easy meal that will satisfy the taste buds of both kids AND adults, which is why you can’t go wrong with pizza. Plus, you can always add more veggies or your choice of protein and customize the pie to your liking. The versatility of pizza dishes allows you to get creative in the kitchen!

By adding avocados to the top of your pizza, you’re getting a hefty dose of heart healthy fats and a creamy texture that makes this recipe a standout. While the avocado topping on this pizza is an important part of this recipe, the canned tomato sauce steals the show! After all, some of the best pizzas contain tomato products, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do they provide a stunning color, but canned tomatoes are jam-packed with antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of certain diseases and cancers. The antioxidant properties found in canned tomatoes enable you to obtain vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. In addition to their amazing nutritional quality, canned tomatoes are easily available, affordable and accessible to just about anyone. So next time you’re at the grocery store, make sure to stock up on canned tomatoes so that you can have a pizza party by the pool!

Get the full recipe for Grilled All-American Avocado Pizza by visiting our friends at California Avocados.

For other delicious pizza recipes, check out: 

Thin Crust Spinach Pizza
Arugula Salad Pizza
Artichoke Turkey Pizza

Positive Health Effects of Tomato Products

Positive Health Effects of Tomato Products

What’s one specific vegetable that is associated with high content of essential nutrients as well as antioxidant-rich phytochemicals? If you guessed tomatoes, then you are absolutely right! Learn more about the positive health effects of tomato products.

Tomatoes and tomato-based products contain a wide range of critical nutrients that keep your body functioning properly. These include (but are not limited to) vitamins, minerals, proteins, carotenoids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and phytosterols. The daily consumption of these nutrients are required in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s in the form of ketchup, sauce, or paste, the antioxidant powers found in canned tomatoes can truly have a beneficial long-term effect on your health. 

 A recent research study provided evidence-based research that suggests the carotenoid found in tomato-based food products contains lycopene, which helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases, cancer, cognitive function, and osteoporosis. The positive correlation between the consumption of tomatoes and enhancement of the body’s antioxidants helps to reduce oxidative stress, which protects against DNA, cell, and protein damage. The consumption of tomatoes contains bioactive compounds that may also play a role in the prevention of constipation, reduction of blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, improvement of digestion and body fluid balance, stimulation of blood pressure, and more. Boosting human health is our number one goal, and what better way to do so than by eating plant foods that we genuinely enjoy!

The benefits of canned tomatoes are an incentive to go out and purchase canned tomato products to get cooking in your kitchen. There are a wide range of recipes that you can whip up for you and your family to enjoy, such as pizza, pasta, tacos, and lasagna. These are easy, affordable recipes that will save you time and money while boosting your nutrient intake. If you’re new to cooking with tomatoes, check out some tomato-packed recipes found on the Tomato Wellness website for inspiration!

For other tomato news, check out:

Top 11 Reasons to Go Red with Tomato Products
Can Tomatoes Help Your Kid Eat More Veggies?
What is Lycopene?
Health Connection Between Tomatoes and Lycopene

Slow Cooker Minestrone

Slow Cooker Minestrone

Set it and forget it! This slow cooker minestrone soup calls for minimal effort but delivers BIG payback in the flavor department. Sautéing the veggies beforehand helps develop the flavors (which means you can cut back on the salt), plenty of herbs and spices also boost the flavor. If you don’t have a slow cooker with a sauté function, just do the first step on the stovetop. With so many great flavors, this slow cooker minestrone is sure to be a favorite on the dinner table!

Yield: 12 cups

Slow Cooker Minestrone

Slow Cooker Minestrone
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 medium stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 quart no salt added chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 (28 oz) can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups large chunks butternut squash
  • 1 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned white bean, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • 5 springs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf


    1. Heat oil in slow cooker set to sauté function. Add garlic, onion, celery and carrots and cook for 2 minutes.
    2. Add oregano and salt and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
    3. Add stock, diced tomatoes, squash and beans and stir.
    4. Using a piece of kitchen twine, gently tie thyme sprigs and bay leaf into a bundle and toss in the slow cooker.
    5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours (or on LOW for 6 hours).
    6. When there is 20 minutes left of cook time, remove lid and stir in pasta. Cover and cook for remaining time.
    7. When cook time is up, remove thyme bundle and discard.
    8. Ladle into bowls and serve. Cool and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


  • You can add a little grated parmesan cheese before serving, each tablespoon adds about 100mg of sodium so measure out to keep track.
  • Add a piece of parmesan rind to soup for an extra nutty flavor.

Excerpted from the DASH Diet Meal Prep for Beginners reprinted by permission of Alpha, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2021 by Dana Angelo White


Dana is our July RD of the Month! Check out more of her favorite recipes featuring canned tomatoes here.

Wrangler’s Beef Chili

Wrangler’s Beef Chili

Regardless of the season, everyone is searching for new recipes that can be enjoyed and shared with friends and family. That’s why you should definitely check out this recipe for Wrangler’s Beef Chili! Whether it’s cooked in a slow cooker, stove top, or crockpot, you can never go wrong with a flavor-packed chili dish. This recipe calls for ground beef, veggies, tomato sauce, and macaroni. All of these ingredients provide specific nutrients that make this meal not only full of flavor, but also a secretly healthy comfort meal. For additional flavor, you can top this chili dish off with some crushed baked tortilla chips, green or regular onions, tomato, bell pepper, fresh cilantro, reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese, and non-fat Greek yogurt. This dish can be mixed in with baked potato halves or whole wheat macaroni if you are looking for some substitutions. Another interesting component of this recipe is that you can style it two ways: Cincinnati or Moroccan style, by adding alternative seasonings and grains that are specific to this dish.

While this dish is a good source of protein, it also has a high lycopene content from the canned tomato sauce. Since canned tomatoes are a critical part of any chili dish, it’s important to not skip this ingredient. It makes the chili juicy, adds more flavor, and contributes a boost of nutrient-rich value, as they contain vitamins C, vitamin E, fiber, and potassium. The ability of canned tomatoes to absorb more nutrients within the body allow them to contain cancer-fighting properties. Canned tomatoes are easy to find at any local grocery store and are cost-efficient, making them easily available and accessible to the general public. So if you’re trying to stock up on low-calorie, nutrient-rich canned items, then canned tomatoes will be your new best friend!

Get the full recipe for Wrangler’s Beef Chili by visiting our friends at the National Beef Council.

RD of the Month: Dana Angelo White

RD of the Month: Dana Angelo White

This month’s Registered Dietitian of the Month Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC has many letters behind her name, accomplishments and titles: 

  • Certified Athletic Trainer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Sports Dietitian and Associate Clinical Professor of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, Quinnipiac University
  • Nutrition Expert,
  • Cookbook author, media spokesperson, nutrition and fitness consultant
  • Mom, foodie, exercise junkie, and pizza lover

“As the author of 9 cookbooks, I have established a solid list of must-have ingredients. You’ll surely find fresh tomatoes and tomato products are at the tippy top of that list. From salsa to soup, I use canned tomatoes all year long.  Canned crushed tomatoes (American grown, of course!) are the star ingredient in my Basic Tomato Sauce. This recipe is my “house sauce” that I always keep stocked in the fridge and the freezer for easy weeknight meals and the best night of the week – PIZZA FRIDAY. I have been making pizza for my family every Friday night for over a decade and it never gets old.

Instant Pot Curry Shrimp Chowder

This quick and easy soup has a symphony of exotic flavors that come together in minutes. The secret ingredients are almond butter and a protein boost from quick-cooking shrimp!




Carrot Marinara Sauce from First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers

Spiking a basic tomato sauce with roasted carrots was my way of using up leftovers but turned into a family favorite overnight.

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers with Salsa from Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook

A quick but filling plant-based version of stuffed peppers with flavor boosts from tomato paste and salsa. 

Slow Cooker Minestrone

Set it and forget it! This slow cooker soup calls for minimal effort but delivers BIG payback in the flavor department. Sautéing the veggies beforehand helps develop the flavors (which means you can cut back on the salt), plenty of herbs and spices also boost the flavor. If you don’t have a slow cooker with a sauté function, just do the first step on the stovetop.

Microwave Tomato Soup from Healthy Quick and Easy College Cookbook! 

Maybe my biggest tomato fest cookbook yet! This is a compilation of quick and easy recipes that drops 7/13/21! 

A warm and cozy soup doesn’t need to take hours to make. Rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene, this soup is so good AND so easy to make.