Herb oven roasted tomatoes and the overall benefits of tomatoes to our health

Roasted tomatoes  ready to serve

Roasted tomatoes ready to serve

Tomatoes are great for healthy skin due to their levels of beta-carotene and lycopene.  Lycopene also has been shown to improve bone mass, which is a great way to fight osteoporosis as well as help lower risk factors for certain cancers. Tomatoes’ antioxidants (vitamins A and C) fight the free radicals which can cause cell damage. Tomatoes are a very good source of chromium, which helps to regulate blood sugar.

Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and it is my preferred method of cooking veggies. Roasting tomatoes will concentrate the flavour and natural sweetness as well as allow you to preserve tomatoes in a flavourful way.  This is a great method for using up your tomatoes before they over ripen or when you have a surplus of tomatoes.  I usually buy a lot of tomatoes, roast them, freeze and use for pasta, lasagna, soups or to make thick tomato-based sauces. This particular recipe is great for brunches because it goes well with most savoury breakfast foods and breads. Use a thick piece of bread to mop up the oil and tomato juices! A drizzle of balsamic will also elevate these tomatoes!

Serving suggestion

Serving suggestion

Ingredients:

2 lbs/1kg tomatoes

2-3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly

¼ cup olive oil

1 sprig of rosemary, thyme etc

Salt & pepper (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325F (165C.) Slice them in half lengthwise

2. Pour the olive oil into a shallow baking dish or pan and add the rosemary, and salt and pepper. Toss to cover. I try to put a slice of garlic into the middle of each tomato but it’s not necessary to do that.

3. Bake for 40-60 minutes or until the tomatoes start to caramelize, and break down. Serve with crusty bread, potatoes or other vegetables and freeze the rest!