Turn a can of tomatoes into a flavorful dish with these canned tomato recipes from registered dietitians.
Get ready to celebrate a world of flavors with canned tomatoes! We are celebrating National Nutrition Month all month long, and this year’s theme is all about how you can appreciate flavors from cultures around the world. This is a tasty way to nourish ourselves and appreciate our diversity, as we are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! That’s why we asked some of our registered dietitian friends to share their best canned tomato recipes, as these nutrition professionals are the top in their class for providing healthful and delicious food that also celebrates culture.
We love using canned (and jarred tomatoes) as they provide a plethora of antioxidants (such as lycopene) that play an integral role in the reduction of certain types of diseases and cancers. In fact, numerous studies have linked lycopene consumption with prostate cancer protection. While lycopene is present in other fruits such as watermelon and pink grapefruit, tomatoes (which are the second most consumed vegetable second to potatoes in the U.S.), account for more than 85% of the lycopene in the American diet. Interestingly, cooked tomato products may hold particular significance, as the lycopene from cooked and processed tomatoes is more bioavailable than that of fresh tomatoes. Heating or processing breaks down the tomato cell matrix and promotes isomerization of lycopene from all-trans isomers to the more bioavailable form of cis-isomers. Research shows that single daily servings of processed tomato products produce significant increases of lycopene concentrations in blood and buccal mucosal cells in healthy adults.
So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to see how canned tomatoes can help you uncover a world of flavor with these recipes inspired by global cuisine.
20+ of the BEST canned tomato recipes for National Nutrition Month
Want to learn how do you make the best tikka masala sauce from scratch? Look no further! This vegan tikka masala recipe is loaded with plant-based ingredients and the perfect easy and healthy ethnic recipe to feed a crowd.
Do you love mushrooms? Then this is just the warming bowl of chili you’ll want to eat all winter long! Mushroom chili is heart healthy, high protein, vegan, and works for all your guests’ dietary needs. So delicious, too! Make a big pot of this meal prep friendly, low sodium chili today!
This is the best lasagna for kids! It's made with plenty of sauce, with cottage cheese instead of ricotta, and the spinach blends right in. Even kids who prefer not to eat anything 'green', will likely make an exception when they see this!
This recipe is all about insanely delicious Instant Pot Chicken Vindaloo made with chicken thighs and toasted spices. All the warm, smokey spices combine to create a silky smooth sauce packed full of flavor.
These vegetarian stuffed peppers are absolutely amazing and just may become one of your favorite meals to make! Colorful bell peppers stuffed with zucchini, onion, garlic, farro, beans, tomato, spices, and melted cheese, it's a meal that the whole family will love!
Make this 20 minute, pantry ingredient, one pot chicken parmesan pasta with crispy breadcrumbs instead of the traditional crispy, cheesy chicken parmesan. It's quicker, easier, and just as flavorful and cheesy.
This fresh and tasty Spicy Fish Stew with Potatoes and Fennel is inspired by the classic Italian saute of fennel, garlic and crushed red pepper. Perfect year-round, I especially like it in the spring when the nights are still chilly but I’m craving lighter dishes.
Chunky tomato cabbage soup is the ultimate cozy comfort food. And this one is so simple to make, you’ll be enjoying it in no time! Cook up a batch and enjoy the leftovers for days. Or pop it in the freezer for some busy time.
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