Around-the-clock eating with canned tomatoes

Around-the-clock eating with canned tomatoes

Canned tomatoes are a staple in dietitian Kim Galeaz’s pantry. Here’s why she thinks that this staple is great for around-the-clock eating while being perfect for every occasion. 

Can you guess what item in Kim Galeaz’s pantry is so versatile that it works for every around-the-clock eating occasion, from breakfast, lunch and dinner, to snack party-time?

Canned tomatoes and all their forms: Diced. Petite diced. Diced with chilies. Crushed. Whole. Sauce. Salsa. Pizza sauce.

Versatility is just part of the reason Kim’s pantry is filled with numerous canned tomato products. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, her goal is to create recipes that blend great taste with good nutrition while being budget-friendly and nutrient-rich. That goal is easily met with canned tomato products because they are extremely nutritious, affordable, tasty and best of all, available all year long.

Kim particularly loves that canned tomatoes are actually more fresh than fresh red tomatoes. Why? Because canned tomatoes are picked and packed at their peak, then make it in that can within HOURS. All the nutrients are retained, making canned tomatoes a nutritious choice for almost any meal. 

Click here for the full article and four of Kim’s fav recipes featuring canned tomatoes! 

Wondering how else you can enjoy canned tomatoes? Here are some of our favorite recipes!

Walnut and Mushroom Ragu
Sausage Tortellini Soup
Huevos Rancheros
Greek Style Braised Eggplant

California Walnut Salsa

California Walnut Salsa

This nutritious California Walnut Salsa recipe is not only packed with flavor, but it can be prepared in under 10 minutes. This specific salsa recipe also contains roasted red peppers, jalapeno peppers, and toasted walnuts—giving it an extra kick of flavor and crunch. All you need to do is stir all the ingredients into a medium-sized bowl, cover, and refrigerate it until it’s ready to serve. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Serve it up with your favorite veggies and a side of whole-wheat tortilla chips for a tasty snack that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

What’s the key ingredient to any salsa? That’s right, tomatoes! Every salsa requires tomatoes, and canned diced tomatoes do just the trick to create a simple, flavorful salsa. Not only do canned tomatoes provide a boost of juiciness to a dish, but they also have numerous health benefits. This specific recipe calls for canned fire-roasted diced tomatoes, but you can also use regular canned diced tomatoes for a different flavor profile. The mixture of onions, fresh cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and spices provides the perfect combination of savory and spicy flavor. Don’t be shy and feel free to add more spices and veggies for even more spice!

While fresh, chopped tomatoes can be used for salsa, it’s actually better to use the canned version! Research has shown that canned tomatoes are actually higher in nutritional value than fresh tomatoes due to the canning process (and they’re more affordable). When canned tomatoes are placed into their homes (aka the cans), they are stored at nutritional peak, providing them with maximum nutrition. What’s not to love about that? So, incorporate some nutrients into your daily diet than by enjoying a refreshing bowl of salsa.

Get the full recipe for California Walnut Salsa by visiting our friends at California Walnuts.

For other delicious dip recipes, check out:

The BEST BLT Dip
Tomato Pesto Hummus

Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese with Bacon

The most decadent tasting, yet lower in calories, Homemade Mac N Cheese You’ll Ever Make! Macaroni Pasta blended with Italian Blend Cheese, then Melted Into A Warm Cream Sauce with tomatoes, bacon, and blue cheese.

Mac and cheese is no longer only for the under 16 crowd. You’ll find variations of this classic dish on menus everywhere. While those menu options might sound gourmet and difficult to make at home, this does not need to be the case.

I am really excited to share with you my newest recipe: Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese with Bacon.

It sounds decadent, but with a few simple swaps, we keep calories and fat in line while adding a pop of color and nutrition boost with the addition of tomatoes.

Yield: 10 servings

Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese with Bacon

A savory Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese with Bacon recipe loaded with cheese, perfect for dinner or entertaining guests.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
  • 4 oz. blue cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Instructions

    1. Cook elbow macaroni per box instructions, drain.
    2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
    3. Whisk flour into butter, adding a little at a time.
    4. Slowly pour milk into flour mixture, small amounts at a time, whisking until thickened before adding more. This step can take up to 15 minutes.
    5. Add spices, then whisk in Italian cheese.
    6. Stir in bacon, then elbow macaroni. Blend well.
    7. Gently fold in canned tomatoes and blue cheese crumbles.
    8. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to a week.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 646mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 13g