The Best Tomato Pie

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This tomato pie recipe is a good way to use up some of those fresh tomatoes you might have in the kitchen. Tomato pie recipe is easy and delicious. If you've tried a tomato pie recipe before you are sure to enjoy this tasty dish. You can serve this healthy dinner recipe with a nice salad or some green vegetables on the site. For this food idea, you will need a deep dish pie shell which can be bought premade or you can make one on your own. You will also need about three cups of chopped tomatoes, some green onions, dried oregano and basil and some salt and pepper. The recipe also uses some crumbled bacon and shredded cheese. For the step by step instructions, you will want to take a look at the site. This tomato pie recipe idea is just one of the ways you can benefit from tomato nutrition.

This healthy dinner recipe has plenty of tomato nutrition. Fresh tomatoes and cooked tomatoes both have plenty of tomato nutrition. Cooked tomato products can include many different things, to include stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup. Tomatoes fall into the category of red and orange vegetables, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010) recommends that people eat more of them. While there are plenty of nutritious components in tomatoes, with recent research showing that phytochemicals such as lycopene, which occurs at higher levels in cooked tomatoes than in any other food. Tomatoes are a low-calorie food that has only 33 calories in a large sized tomato. Tomatoes have plenty of tomato nutrition to include being high in vitamins C, K and A. Tomatoes also contain high levels of both potassium and manganese. Tomatoes are also a good source of fiber. While cooking often reduces the levels of vitamins found in tomatoes, some of these beneficial components remain intact. The tomato skins contain both fiber and nutrients as well, so cooked tomato ingredients with the skin are better than those without the tomato skin.

One of the most beneficial components and tomato nutrition found in the tomato isn't a vitamin or mineral, but the phytochemical lycopene. This compound is what gives tomatoes their distinctive red color, and acts as an antioxidant in the body. Consuming high levels of lycopene may also help to lower the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. Cooking tomatoes for about two minutes, a quarter-hour and a half-hour can boost the lycopene levels that are in tomatoes by about 6, 17 and 35 percent. Lycopene may help to lower cholesterol levels by about 10 percent, according to the research.In addition to tomato nutrition consuming tomatoes may help offer other health benefits to include help preventing osteoporosis, cognitive dysfunction and UV light–induced skin damage. Levels of beta-carotene, which are a compound that helps boosts eye health, are also higher in cooked tomatoes than in raw tomatoes.

When choosing cooked tomato products, you want to look for those products that don't include many additives, such as salt and sugar. This is because added salt and sugars can increase health risks and counteract the beneficial nature of these foods. You can also cook tomatoes at home and even create your own tomato sauce recipe or tomato paste using whole tomatoes. This way, you get the full benefits of cooked tomatoes in your recipe while ensuring there are no unhealthy components added to your food. You will find this healthy dinner recipe for tomato pie on The Southern Lady Cooks site. On the site, you will find healthy dinner ideas, food ideas, dessert recipes, main dish recipes and more. **

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