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Crazy Tomato and Watermelon Harvest – 83 pounds worth!
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Mexican Taco Hot Dog
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Simple Pea Pasta
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Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
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No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables
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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili
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Cheesy Taco Ground Beef Casserole
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How to Dehydrate Cherry Tomatoes
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Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos
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Tomato Tea Recipe
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Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce
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Summer Pasta Salad
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Mexican Taco Black Bean Burger
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Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce
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Mason Jar Salad Recipes
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Canned Salsa Recipe
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One Pan Taco Casserole
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Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce
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Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
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Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss Stir-Fry

Crazy Tomato and Watermelon Harvest – 83 pounds worth!

This week was a big harvest weekend where we spent a whole evening picking vegetables and the entire day of Sunday making stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.  I am pretty sure that I will never need to buy tomato sauce again.  This Summer we bought a mini storage freezer just for our garden and it’s about 75% full and we have a good 2 months left of gardening this year (not counting Fall veggies).  I’m going to have open a produce stand, anyone want to stop by?  I give veggies out for free! :D)

(I apologize for the quality of these pictures, it was already dark out by the time we got the tomatoes inside)

First up tomatoes.  We picked 43 pounds of tomatoes this weekend!  Wild, right?  
This is a really heavy crate, too heavy for my weak arms.  I picked it up, Matthew snapped the picture, I threw the crate down and then fell to the floor in weak power.
Hahahahaha...help!

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Mexican Taco Hot Dog

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It’s perfect for Summer grilling too!

With Summer in full gear are you having outdoor get-togethers around the BBQ? If you’re on a rooftop in NYC and look around you’re guaranteed to almost always find a rooftop full of friends around a grill, laughing and sharing hot dogs.

I really love Mexican food, I mean look at the recipe index I have for it.  So when it comes to hot dogs it might not surprise you that I wanted to try to give them Mexican flare.  Imagine one delicious beef frank, covered with shredded cheese, salsa, tomatoes and jalapenos on top, inside a taco shell.  My mouth is watering just thinking about this.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

The key to this dog is you need some quality beef franks.  
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Now we’re going to place the hot dog inside a taco shell. It’s one of those ideas where if you tried it already you know the magic, but if you never thought of doing that you might have just had a “AHA” moment.  By the way, I’m not magic (I wish). I always buy standing shells which if you love tacos will change your life.  No more tacos that will fall over!
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

 Now it’s time to load this hot dog up to make it a taco. You’ll need shredded cheese, lettuce, onions, jalapenos and some real delicious salsa. I always use my favorite salsa recipe here.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Now go ahead and put your hot dogs in your taco shells.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

 As soon as you’ll put the cheese on the dogs it will melt beautifully.  Then go ahead and put the rest of the toppings on.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!     

Now it’s time to get your hot dog taco on!  Enjoy!

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Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

    

 

Simple Pea Pasta

SIMPLE Pea Pasta recipe! This easy and healthy dinner dish uses fresh sugar snap peas and only takes 15 minutes from to start to finish! It’s my favorite Spring and Summer garden recipe! It’s completely vegan too!

Pea Pasta Recipe

There is a strong possibility that while you are reading this I am daydreaming about this pea pasta for dinner. During the Summer time when it’s peak garden season this is our go to dinner that we have a few times a week.  Once we start harvesting sugar snap peas by the pound (right now there’s over 10 pounds worth in my fridge!) then we start to sing “It’s pasta time..”.  
 SIMPLE & HEALTHY Pea Pasta recipe! This easy to make dinner dish uses fresh sugar snap peas and only takes 15 minutes from to start to finish! It's my favorite Spring and Summer garden recipe! It's completely vegan too!

Let’s start at those fresh ingredients, just picked from the garden.  There’s sugar snap peas, chopped lettuce, radishes and one gorgeous tomato.  I counted the roma tomatoes a few days ago and there’s over 200 on the plants ready to turn red. July is going to be tomato time!
Fresh Garden Vegetables

 

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Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that’s made with peanut butter! 

Peanut Butter Burger

If I ask what my husband he wants for dinner, more than likely he will say “burgers.” This recipe is a twist on the usual burgers and packs a big taste punch with the creamy peanut butter and Worcestershire sauce. If you’re anything like me then a burger needs to be covered in cheese, bacon, and many slices of pickles and tomatoes.

Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Wait, a peanut butter burger?

Yes, we’re making a burger with peanut butter! It’s going to make the burger so juicy! Just trust me on this guys!

Who knew peanut butter in a burger could be so good? But then again, doesn’t peanut butter make everything better?

Mix ground turkey, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and peanut butter in a bowl until combined. Form 4 burger patties from the mixture. Cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.

Cook the turkey patties in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Add a cheese slice to each burger and cook for 1 additional minute until cheese is melted.
Now cut up your toppings – lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles – whatever you want.  Personally, I love lots of pickles on my burger!

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Enjoy this peanut butter bacon burger!

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Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that's made with peanut butter! 

Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that's made with peanut butter! 

Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 8 slices cooked turkey bacon
  • toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles

Instructions

  1. Mix ground turkey, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and peanut butter in a bowl until combined. Form 4 burger patties from the mixture. Cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.

  2. Cook the turkey patties in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

  3. Add a cheese slice to each burger and cook for 1 additional minute until cheese is melted.

  4. Cook turkey bacon, toast your burger buns, and prepare toppings. Put burgers together and enjoy!

  

No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables

It’s not often that taking photos of a recipe actually takes longer than how long it took me to make the dish!

We’ve been busy with work lately so when we get home we usually want a quick  meal so we can gather in front of the television and watch NBA playoffs (best time of the year, go Cavs, go Net).  Pasta is a great quick meal but are you ever so hungry that you can’t even wait for the water to boil?    Let me introduce you to Barilla’s Pronto pasta which is one pan, no boil, no drain pasta.   I wasn’t sold on it when I first heard about it – I mean seriously, I didn’t have to boil the water? But after multiple recipes, I’m hooked.  A great tasting pasta dish with fresh vegetables that actually only takes 10 minutes?  Totally sold.  

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Say hello to No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables, it’s my new favorite quick dinner recipe. Fact: We had it for dinner last night!  This recipe calls for red peppers, yellow peppers, tomatoes and basil so it’s a fresh harvest meal!  I can’t wait until Summer time when I can pick our peppers and tomatoes from our garden and throw them right in this dish.   This dish is entirely customizable too,  add whatever vegetables you want!  It’s a great dish to clean out that refrigerator!   Never let a pepper go bad, life motto to live by. :D)
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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili

This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It’s the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!
 
Have you been watching the news?  If you have tuned in during the last 24 hours I’m sure you’ve seen titles like:

WINTER STORM JUNO, a Historical Blizzard
NORTHEAST TO MEET  A GOLIATH
NYC to get 24 to 36 inches of snow, NYC to shut down, NYC ready to rumble with Juno
Blizzard Warning In Effect!
BREAD SOLD OUT, Incoming Blizzard!

I love snow.  I know not everyone likes it.  After all, you have to shovel, you might get cold, or the horrors you might run out of chocolate chips (blizzard advise 1: stock up on chocolate).  

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili

There’s one thing I think we can all agree on (as a snow lover or snow hater); comfort food is a must on snowy nights.   Let me introduce you to this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili.  This chili is a game winner.  Curl up to it with inches of snow on the ground.  Curl up to it at a tailgating party.  Curl up to it during the big game this weekend.  

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping! 

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This is a vegetable chili which means it’s great for a meatless Monday meal.  It also guarantees to make all your veggie friends happy. It’s also going to leave you happy because it’s so darn full of vegetables.  I eat meat, but sometimes I need a break.  Chili is typically associated with meat, but honestly in this vegetable chili you won’t even miss the meat.   This chili is vegetable packed! You’ll get tackled by carrots, corn and beans! You’ve been carrot sacked! 
This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!     

So when you’re ready to win the hearts of your family and friends during the next sports game party or during a snowstorm, make this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili!

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This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!

Looking for more chili recipes?
Try my Crockpot Pumpkin Chili and Easy Ground Beef Chili!

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili

This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!

Course Main Course

Ingredients

  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans
  • 1 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans
  • 1 large green pepper - chopped
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 3 medium sized carrots - chopped
  • 1 jalapeno - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese to top
  • Sour Cream to top

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients inside slow cooker, stir to combine.
  2. Put on LOW for 4 hours.
  3. Serve in bowls and sprinkle cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top.

Cheesy Taco Ground Beef Casserole

CHEESY Taco Casserole is EASY to make. This simple baked casserole recipe is made with elbow noodles, tomato soup, ground beef and lots of cheddar cheese!  This is a yummy dinner that everyone will love – especially the kids! 

Some people like to say “Taco Tuesday” but I like to say “Tacos Everyday!”.  

Tacos are one of my favorite meals, I can basically eat them every night and never get sick of them.  The thing I love about tacos is you can have them so many ways.  Maybe you’re in a burrito mood, maybe you’re in a hard shell mood, maybe you’re in a salad moon, maybe you’re in a soup mood, maybe you’re in a pepper steak mood, or maybe you want a casserole.  In the case of the casserole, I got you covered.

Say hello to your new favorite dinner, Cheesy Taco Casserole!

CHEESY Taco Casserole is EASY to make. This simple baked casserole recipe is made with elbow noodles, tomato soup, ground beef and lots of cheddar cheese!  This is a yummy dinner that everyone will love - especially the kids! 

This is a good ol comfort meal, perfect after a hard day of work.  In the Winter time, this really warms up my bones in all the right spots.   It has plenty of fresh vegetables (green pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers), along with tomato soup that is going to hold those noodles together and soak up the good stuff.  And that extra cheesy layer on top? Yup, you will fall in love with it.

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How to Dehydrate Cherry Tomatoes

Step by step instructions on how to dehydrate cherry tomatoes!

In my fun week of acting like a mad scientist in the kitchen (hello dried cantaloupe chips!), throwing vegetables and fruits in the food dehydrator asking the question “How will this taste dried” I had to try tomatoes.  With the amount of tomatoes we were harvesting and by the amount of sauces I already have made, I was dying to do something else with them.  How about dehydrated tomatoes to snack on?

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Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker.  These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Oh you slow cooked tacos with tomatillo salsa roja.

How many ways do I love you?  Many.

I made these last week.  We already had them twice.  They are already being requested a 3rd time.  They are out of this world tasty.

What makes them that special?  They are slow cooked, they are made with fresh ingredients and they have that authentic taste.   Yeah, they are really good.  

Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

For this recipe it’s full of fresh ingredients, down to the salsa which is made from just picked tomatillos, so let’s get started!

Salsa Verde Tacos

 The salsa is a mixture of salsa verde + red mexican sauce.  For the salsa verde I use my favorite recipe (found here) but I cut it in half.  If you can’t make it homemade, just buy a jar of it. 
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

 The Red Mexican Sauce includes includes tomatoes, peppers, onions, salt, garlic and coriander. In other words, it’s delicious.
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos Recipe

Just mix these together and we have our Tomatillo Salsa Roja already made!   I always take a spoonful of this right away.  You know, just to check… 🙂
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

To give it a little bit of a extra kick I like to add green pickled jalapeno peppers to the slow cooker.  Once slow cooked the pickled flavor isn’t strong, but instead it’s more about the spice of the jalapenos. 
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

You’re also going to add some dry black beans to this recipe.  See these gorgeous black bean? Yeah, we grew them.  And yes, I’m totally proud of them.
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

When it’s almost ready for dinner time, start preparing your toppings and shells. I like to use tostadas.  Tostadas are basically a flat taco shell.  They are made with corn and extra crunchy. I can usually find a bag of 25 at the bodega for less than $2 so it’s also a steal. 
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

For more toppings, we love cheese, tomatoes, cilantro and lettuce.  Why not throw on some sour cream and avocados too?
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

I always love to have a little bit of salsa verde left so I can pour on a big spoonful on each. I’m a big salsa verde lover, I can’t get enough.Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

And hello beatiful, let’s eat these!
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Crunch Crunch.  Delicious!
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

 Hope you guys enjoy these tacos!  Make it for a Mexican fiesta one night this week! 

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Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker.  These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8

Ingredients

For the tomatillo salsa roja

  • 6 ounces tomatillos husked
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 7 oz can of La Morena Red Mexican Sauce

For the Slow Cooker Tacos

  • Tomatilo Salsa Roja that you made above
  • 2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast - cut in half
  • 1 cup dry black beans
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/3 cup of La Morena Pickled Jalapeno Peppers - drained

Other

  • Tostadas

Toppings of Choice

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro

Instructions

To make the salsa

  1. Place all ingredients except bouillon cube and Red Mexican Sauce in a blender. Blend until everything is combined and is salsa consistency.
  2. Pour salsa verde into saucepan and heat on medium high heat. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add bouillon cube and Red Mexican Sauce and stir into salsa verde.
  4. Once boiling simmer for 15 minutes.

To make the Slow Cooker Tacos

  1. Add salsa, chicken, dry black beans, corn and jalapeno peppers in slow cooker.
  2. Set on low for 7.5 hours.
  3. Shred chicken with 2 forks, put back in slow cooker. Cook for additional 30 minutes.
  4. Serve on tostadas and top with your favorite toppings (I do cheese and tomatoes!).

 

Tomato Tea Recipe

HEALTHY Tomato Tea recipe that is made with 2 ingredients!  This easy homemade tomato tea can be served hot or cold and is filled with many health benefits!  Whenever my skin is breaking out, I drink a cup of this in the afternoon!

Tomato Tea Recipe

Tomato that.    
Tomato everything.  
Tomato tea.  

This tomato tea is super easy to make and only has 2 ingredients (tomato and celery salt).  You can serve it warm in the Fall or cold in the Summer.  This tomato tea is fresh and isn’t loaded with processed ingredients like so many tomato juices are.  This is one of my go to recipes in the Summer when we’re up to our ears in tomatoes from the garden.    It makes the perfect afternoon tea if you’re seeking something different.  
HEALTHY Tomato Tea recipe that is made with 2 ingredients! This easy homemade tomato tea can be served hot or cold and is filled with many health benefits! Whenever my skin is acting up, I drink a cup of this in the afternoon!

Tomato Health Benefits

Whenever my skin is acting up (AGH! HORMONES!) I drink a cup of this tomato tea in the afternoon!  I started adding this tomato tea to my monthly diet, knowing when my skin is prone to breaking out. 

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Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the best spaghetti sauce recipe. It’s easy to make with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Have you guys tried my Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce (or with a kick)? How about my diced tomatoes?  They’re all delicious. I promise you.  

But sometimes you might not have a over abundance of cherry tomatoes.  Sometimes your garden might be full of beef tomatoes. Can you make a simple and quick oven roasted tomato sauce with them? You bet your tomatoes you can!  

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

 

The beef tomatoes are cut up into bite size pieces, a little olive oil is poured on then a little onion powder is sprinkled on top.  At this time the good smells are about to start.  Then they go into the oven for 35 minutes.  Now the good smells are really starting to happen.  I dare you not to get hungry after smelling this Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce in the oven.  It won’t happen, you’ll immediately want to eat it, trust me.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

What can you do with this sauce? Anything! Pour it on some pasta.  Bake some lasagna.  Use it in a stew. Eat it by the spoonful (hey, it happens, and it should!).

Enjoy this Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce!  It’s a garden favorite!

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.   

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the perfect spaghetti sauce recipe. It's great to use with beef or heirloom tomatoes. 

 Enjoy!

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Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Beef Tomato Sauce is the best spaghetti sauce recipe. It's easy to make with beef or heirloom tomatoes.

Course Main Course

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of beef tomatoes - cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spread tomatoes single layer in a pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with your onion powder.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, your tomatoes should be wrinkly.
  4. Let cool for a few minutes, then put tomatoes in food processor.
  5. Add dried basil, garlic powder and salt + pepper to taste in food processor.
  6. Blend to smooth and creamy.
  7. Use it right away, or throw it in the fridge to use tomorrow, or freeze it for next month.
  8. Enjoy!

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Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce
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Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce With a  Kick
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How to Make Homemade Diced Tomatoes
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The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever
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Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss Stir Fry
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Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad recipe that uses fresh seasonal ingredients!  Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms!  This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch. 

Summer Pasta Salad

Guys, it’s August 21st.  We’re in the 20’s already! Soon it will be September! September…already? Don’t get me wrong you know I love Fall, Halloween and everything that comes along with it but there will be a few memories I miss from Summer.  

Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer! Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.

It’s not over yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be dramatic and romantic about the sweltering garden days of picking tomatoes, weeding out the boxes and nurturing seedlings to grow big and strong.

Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer! Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.

 Healthy Pasta Salad

A basket full of harvest is one of the proudest things I could carry.   Seeing the fresh colors of red, green, yellow and more topple over the basket makes me a happy girl.  Although we’re picking tomatoes, lettuce, radishes and melons as the Summer continues, we’re also getting ready for the Fall garden.  

Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer! Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.

Some plants have already been transplanted while others wait their turn downstairs for containers to be cleared away on the roof.   There seems to never be a empty day in the garden, there’s always something that needs to be transitioned and moved in or out.

Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer! Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.

Mushroom Pasta Salad

Mushroom is one of my favorite ingredients to add to a pasta salad! 

For this recipe here I’m really layering in freshness with cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! What a combo, right?

Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer! Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.

Enjoy the end of Summer with this Summer Pasta Salad!Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer! Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.    

 

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Fresh Pasta Salad recipe that tastes just like Summer! Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms! This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch.

Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad recipe that uses fresh seasonal ingredients!  Recipe ingredients include cherry tomatoes, radishes, green pepper, lettuce and mushrooms!  This is perfect for a healthy dinner or picnic lunch. 

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword mushroom pasta salad, pasta salad recipe, summer pasta salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 green pepper chopped up
  • 3 radishes chopped up
  • 1 packed cup of lettuce chopped up
  • 1/2 sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pasta as directed. Drain.
  2. Put your pasta in a big bowl.
  3. Add your chopped vegetables, salad dressing and dried herbs.
  4. Mix together so everything is coated in salad dressing.
  5. Add in your mozzarella cheese, toss around.
  6. Cover, put in fridge to chill.
  7. Enjoy!

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Mexican Taco Black Bean Burger

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Can you guys believe it’s August already?  Even though Fall is my favorite Season and I’m ready for the months to leap ahead and the leaves to change, there is still something romantic about the Summertime.  There’s the gathering of friends in a park for a picnic, there’s barbecues on a rooftop, there’s farmers market stands bursting with the most tasty plums and peaches and there’s full force ahead garden season happening on the roof.   

How can’t I love and respect Summer when I can run up to the roof and grab all these beauties from their container?  Hello beautiful tomato!

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Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce

Spicy Cherry Tomato Sauce Recipe

Did you see yesterday’s tomato harvest post?  If you did then it’s no surprise to see a tomato sauce recipe today!  Let’s add another one to the cherry tomato recipe list!

When you think cherry tomatoes you probably imagine them as bite size snacks, or tomatoes that can be thrown in a salad.   What I see them as (besides throwing in the air and catching them in my mouth and by catching them I mean not catching them and then running after them as they roll on the roof) is a delicious creamy tomato sauce.  

My Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce is one of my favorite tomato sauce recipes ever.  I love that cherry tomatoes can turn that creamy with some oven heat.  So with a bunch of cherry tomatoes and jalapenos being picked in the garden I decided to mix them together and make some tomato sauce with a kick!

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Mason Jar Salad Recipes

Collection of 4 Mason Jar Salad Recipes.  These salads are healthy and easy to pack for lunch.  Recipes include Watermelon and Feta Salad, Caprese Salad, Green Bean and Feta Salad and Southwestern Salad.

Mason Jar Salad Recipes

I’m obessed with Mason Jar Lunches!  They are just the perfect lunch time choice because you get to pack lunch.  Also, since you’re packing lunch it’s a economical choice.  Plus.. they look pretty cute! 

Mason jars work great because it’s a vertical layered lunch.  Instead of mixing it together like a salad, you stack it together.  This allows you to keep some vegetables inside more crunchier instead of wilting at the touch of a salad dressing.  I also love how quick it is to make a Mason Jar lunch.  I can make the entire weeks worth in 30 minutes.    Because you are packing all the ingredients together in the jar you are keeping the vegetables fresher longer.

Mason Jar Recipes

Here are my 4 favorite Mason Jar Salad Recipes!

Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad. Ingredients include watermelon, feta, tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette and parsley!  

Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad.  Ingredients include watermelon, feta, tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette and parsley!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Mason Jar Salad Recipes, Watermelon Salad
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Sherry Vinaigrette
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 pint-size Mason jar

Instructions

  1. Layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, starting with the vinaigrette dressing and continuing with the tomatoes, parsley, watermelon, and feta cheese, in that order. Seal the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

Mason Jar Caprese Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Carpese Salad Recipe. Ingredients for this healthy salad include tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and basil.

Mason Jar Caprese Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Carpese Salad Recipe. Ingredients for this healthy salad include tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and basil.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword caprese salad, Mason Jar Salad Recipes
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 heirloom tomatoes
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 pint-size Mason jars

Instructions

  1. Slice the tomatoes and the mozzarella cheese horizontally into ¼-inch rounds. Place 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette in the bottom of each Mason jar. Starting with the tomatoes, layer the salad — tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves — repeating the layers until the jar is full. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

2 Servings.

Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad. Ingredients for this healthy salad include green beans, tomatoes, shallots, balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and basil.

Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad. Ingredients for this healthy salad include green beans, tomatoes, shallots, balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and basil. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword green bean salad, green beans and feta, mason jar salad recipe
Prep Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3 cups green beans
  • tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • ¾ cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 6 or 7 basil leaves
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 quart-size Mason jar

Instructions

  1. Trim the ends from the green beans; cut the beans in half crosswise. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat (don’t salt the water), add the beans, and boil for 5 minutes. Transfer the beans to an ice-water bath for a minute to stop the cooking process and preserve their color. Drain. When the green beans have cooled, layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, beginning with the vinaigrette and continuing with the tomatoes, shallots, cooked beans, basil leaves, and feta cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.

Mason Jar Southwestern Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Southwestern Salad. This healthy salad includes lime, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, corn, salad green and cheddar cheese.

Mason Jar Southwestern Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Southwestern Salad. This healthy salad includes lime, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, corn, salad green and cheddar cheese.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword mason jar mexican salad, mexican mason jar recipes, southwestern salad
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Lime Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • ½ red vine-ripened tomato diced
  • ¼ red bell pepper diced
  • ¼ yellow bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup diced avocado optional
  • ½ cup corn kernels fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 ounce Cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 quart-size Mason jar

Instructions

  1. Start by pouring the vinaigrette dressing into the Mason jar. Then layer in the black beans, tomato, bell peppers, avocado, and corn. Finish with the salad greens and, finally, the Cheddar cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.

I hope these Mason Jar Salad recipes help you!

Looking for more mason jar recipes?  Try my Overnight Granola!

 

Canned Salsa Recipe

FAST and EASY Canned Salsa recipe made with diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions to this simple recipe and you’ll have a delicious chunky salsa ready to serve in minutes!  This canned salsa recipe tastes just like the salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant! 

It happens to us all. We’re out of tomatoes so we can’t make Fresh Tomato Salsa from our garden. Maybe we need salsa for a get together. Maybe we need it for a recipe. Maybe we’re just craving it with some chips. I’m here to help save the day by letting you know that you can make great tasting salsa with canned tomatoes!

canned salsa recipe

Let’s check out this easy diced tomato salsa recipe that you’re going to love!

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One Pan Taco Casserole

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

One Pan Taco Casserole

Let’s have a Taco Tuesday in Casserole form!
We love Mexican food in our house.  From Taco Casserole to Mexican Lasagna to Chicken Tortilla Soup and everything in between!

For this Taco Tuesday recipe we’re going to turn it into a quick casserole – using only one pan.   The casserole includes lettuces, tomatoes and corn on top and is made with Instant rice making it super quick! There’s also a layer of cheese to make it all stick together.  Plus cheese is just delicious! 🙂

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

The first time I made this for dinner it was a hit.  So much that I made it 2 time that week. And don’t get me started on the leftovers… they are equally delicious!

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

Easy Taco Casserole Ingredients

Here’s the ingredients you need for this easy casserole, you probably already have everything in your kitchen!

ground beef
taco seasoning
water
instant rice
shredded Mexican cheese
lettuce
diced tomatoes
corn
cilantro to garnish

So next time you’re craving tacos, try this One Pan Taco Casserole!  You’ll be done in no time and will only have to dirty up one pan! Enjoy!

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

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Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

 

One Pan Taco Casserole

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword one pan taco casserole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1.25 oz package of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1.5 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with chilies I use Ro*Tel
  • 1 cup corn - cooked
  • Cilantro to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add meat to large skillet and brown until done. Drain off any excess fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning mix and water, stir. Bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in instant rice. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Top with lettuce, corn and tomatoes on top.
  6. Finally garnish with cilantro.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce

Doesn’t a big bowl of pasta just fill you up with happiness for dinner?  How about we add a touch of spice with some crushed tomatoes?  Magic, right?

That’s how I feel about this recipe, it’s absolutely magical.  I think most times when we think of tomato sauce it doesn’t have that kick to it, but this Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce definitely has some spice.   It’s not overly spicy, but there’s enough that gives it a extra zip zap taste.    Also, can we talk about the aroma that that this sauce has?  It’s delicious.  If you give this sauce a shot, just watch your  kitchen start to fill up with people asking when dinner is ready.   Tell them them a few more minutes and kick them out of your kitchen.  Then take a few big spoonfuls of this sauce first. 

Speaking of tomatoes… our tomatoes have adjusted from their transplanting period and are now firm in their containers.  I love seeing them start to add a few inches of height and turn a nice green color.  Expect a big garden update post at the end of this week!  The other fresh star of this recipe is the basil.  I was able to throw in a big bunch of basil chopped up in this sauce and it was a perfect fit (not to mention the smell was amazing!).  Don’t you just love fresh basil?  Mmmm!

Spicy Crushed Tomato Sauce

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You can totally use whatever pasta you want to use.  This was one of those nights where I threw a bunch of quarter filled boxes together for a pasta mix!

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 Now go on and have a great pasta dinner tonight.. enjoy!

Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes or fresh crushed tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil chopped up
  • 1 small bell pepper chopped up
  • 1 12 ounce package dried pasta of choice

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add red pepper flakes and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil and pepper.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring a few times.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add your pasta of choice and cook as instructed on box. Drain.
  6. Add pasta sauce to pasta and stir.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy.

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

If you add tomatoes to macaroni and cheese, that makes it a healthy dish, right?  I’m glad you agree with me!

For this recipe  we are mixing 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes with some cheesy macaroni noodles.  If you don’t have fresh, don’t worry I got you covered too.  Instead substitute it with 1 can of diced tomatoes.   I have a entire macaroni and cheese recipe section now and check out how many of them have vegetables in… I really love getting veggies cheesy!   So next time you’re craving some homemade mac and cheese add some tomatoes! Enjoy!
Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups macaroni noodles
  • 8 oz cheese either cheddar or mozzarella
  • 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes or 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. In a large pot boil macaroni noodles per directions on box. Drain and put half in a greased casserole dish.
  2. Take half of cheese and add on top of macaroni.
  3. Put remaining half of macaroni noodles on top, then top again with remaining cheese.
  4. Stir together diced tomatoes, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, thyme and pepper in bowl. Pour over macaroni mixture.
  5. Spread bread crumbs on top of dish.
  6. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss Stir-Fry

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe.  Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

This chicken and cherry tomato toss is a gardeners dream serving up a fresh and delicious stir-fry dish!  When tomato season hits I like to be prepared for recipes because once one it starts…. then it will start to rain tomatoes!    
 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

When tomato insanity hits we often have days where we are picking 10 pounds of tomatoes.  I make plenty of sauces to last us through winter, but I love to enjoy our cherry tomatoes super fresh for dinner!  This Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss Stir-Fry is totally going to be a Summer time favorite!
 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

The combination of chicken stock, soy sauce and ginger root gives this a great “Asian” tasting meal.  I can totally see this being a Chinese dish served over rice.  In my case I served it over thick lo mein noodles which was a perfect compliment to the chicken and tomatoes.    After dinner I was declaring this delicious so next time you set your eyes on some cherry tomatoes, grab them and make this Stir-Fry!  

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

 

Chicken and Cherry Tomato Toss Stir-Fry

Author Courtesy of 300 Best Stir-Fry by Nancie McDermott © 2014 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp coarsely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger root
  • 12 oz skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into 11⁄2-inch
  • 1 ⁄3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 ⁄4 cup halved cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine chicken stock, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, if using, sugar and salt and stir well. Set aside.
  2. In a wok or a large deep skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger and toss well, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add chicken and spread into a single layer. Cook, undisturbed, until edges turn white, about 1 minute. Toss well. Cook, tossing occasionally, until no longer pink, about 1 minute more.
  4. Add chicken stock mixture, pouring in around sides of pan. Cook, tossing occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and coated in a thin, smooth sauce, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  5. Reserve a generous pinch of green onions for garnish, and add remaining green onions and cherry tomatoes to pan. Cook, tossing once, for 1 minute more.
  6. Transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle reserved green onions over chicken. Serve hot or warm over rice, couscous or noodles.

Recipe Notes

Serves: 4

 10 minute Chicken and Cherry Tomato Stir-Fry recipe. Serve hot over rice, couscous or noodles.

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