Meet Ellie Krieger, RD! Ellie is our Tomato Wellness Registered Dietitian for #Movember 2021, and she is excited to share some of her favorite delicious recipes starring tomato products.
Ellie says: “As a culinary dietitian I am all about helping people find what I call “the sweet spot” where flavor and nutrition meet, and there is no ingredient that hits the spot better than tomatoes and tomato products. They dish up big flavor—rich in umami, with a mouthwatering balance of sweetness and acidity—and big health benefits–packed with lycopene, fiber, potassium, vitamin C and more. My kitchen is stocked with an array of canned tomato products at all times to use as a base for sauces, stews, soups, sheet pan dinners, side dishes, and more. Tomatoes are one of the ingredients I love most of all!”
Host and executive producer of the cooking series “Ellie’s Real Good Food” on Public Television and well known from her hit Food Network show “Healthy Appetite,” Ellie Krieger is the leading go-to nutritionist in the media today, helping people find the sweet spot where “delicious” and “healthy” meet. Her success can be attributed to her accessible way of offering tools for nurturing a richly satisfying, sumptuous lifestyle while cutting through the gimmicks, hype and extreme eating that permeate our world. Ellie is a New York Times bestselling, IACP and two-time James Beard Foundation award winning author of 7 cookbooks. She is also a weekly columnist for The Washington Post and has been a columnist for Fine Cooking, Food Network magazine and USA Today. Ellie is a registered dietitian nutritionist who earned her bachelors in clinical nutrition from Cornell University and her masters in nutrition education from Teacher’s College Columbia University. Her latest book Whole in One: Complete, Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Skillet or Sheet Pan was released in October 2019. She finds happiness living with her daughter and husband in New York City.
Need some recipe inspiration? Check out some of Ellie’s favorite recipes featuring tomato products, which are perfect for Movember!
4 Family-Friendly Recipes from Ellie Krieger, RD
Here, lamb and lentils provide a one-two protein punch that’s also a knockout flavor-wise with warm spices that ring of the Middle East. Fresh spinach leaves bring ribbons of color and vegetable nutrition to the meal, and a finishing dollop of yogurt adds cool creaminess that contrasts the warm earthy flavors in the bowl.
Tuscan Vegetable Soup
You can't go wrong with this dish all year long, but especially as the weather cools, this veggie-packed soup will warm your soul!
Shakshuka Pita Pizzas
These personal pizzas have all the mouthwatering flavors of Shashuka– the popular Middle Eastern dish of eggs simmered in an aromatic tomato sauce—but here the sauce is spread onto pitas, topped with fresh spinach, eggs and feta cheese, and baked until the eggs are set and the cheese is melty.
Creamy Tomato Soup with Popcorn
This soup is fresher-tasting, more nuanced in flavor, less aggressively sweet, and lower in sodium than the typical kind, and it only requires a bit more effort to get it on the table. Tossing a handful of popcorn on top right before digging in makes for a bowl of soup that is as fun and smile-inducing as it is comforting.