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Cookin' Up a Storm: Healthy Recipes By Melissa

3 Posts tagged with the tomato tag

Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Posted by MelissaE Jan 28, 2008

It's still soup season...



  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 6 large tomatoes (3lb), coarsely chopped

  • 4 large red bell peppers, coarsely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • ½ chipotle chile (optional)

  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

  • fresh basil or parsley

  • fresh mozzarella (boconini), ricotta, Parmesan

  • calmata olives

  • balsamic vinegar (to darken color)


In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add the onion and sauté until softened. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, chile and stock. Cover partially and cook until the vegetables are softened. Remove from heat. For a smokey flavor, saute the red peppers separately until blackened on both sides.


In a blender, puree the vegetables in batches until smooth. Alternatively, process with a handheld blender in the pan until smooth. Pass the pureed soup through a medium-mesh sieve set over a serving bowl, pressing on the pulp.


Discard any solids left in the sieve. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you serve it chilled, let cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate the soup until it is well chilled. (4 hours minimum.) If served chilled add a dollop of sour cream or yogurt.


If served hot (recommended), chop up some basil, olives, and/or parsley for garnish and top with cheese -- mozz, ricotta and parm works best.



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Grilled Cheese

Posted by MelissaE Jan 16, 2008

OK, OK, this one isn't the healthiest recipe in the world. But it's really good and really easy -- a new twist to the basic grilled cheese. 




  • Whole Grain Bread (Not just whole wheat - make sure it's got real grains in it!)

  • Butter

  • 1 lg.  Onion

  • Cilantro

  • 1 Lg. tomato

  • Provolone Cheese

  • Cheddar Cheese

  • Swiss Cheese


Cut onion in slices and sautee until soft.  Butter one side of both slices of bread.  Place one slice of bread (butter side down) in a pan over medium heat and layer with ingredients in this order: One cheese, cooked onion, another cheese, cilantro pieces and tomato slice, final cheese, then finish with the last piece of bread, butter side up. Flip and cook to until golden. 






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Black Bean and Tomato Medley

Posted by MelissaE Nov 9, 2007

This one is really easy and versatile. You can eat it hot as a side dish (goes really well with fish) or cold as a dip for tortilla chips.


  • 2 cans organic black beans

  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks

  • 1 large red onion, chopped - some diced, some chunked

  • 3 green onions, chopped

  • Large bundle of cilantro, de-stemmed and chopped

  • Garlic salt

  • 1 tspn cumin

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

  • Sliced Avocado (optional)

  • If you like it spicy, you can add jalepeno, sriracha or red pepper flakes


Saute red onion in a little olive oil in a medium pot. When onion begins to get soft, add green onions and continue to cook. When onions are soft, put heat on med-low and add cilantro, tomatoes, beans, cumin and garlic salt (I use a lot of garlic salt, but you can use as much/little as you like.) cook until dish is hot.


Top with sliced avocado (optional). Serve hot as a side dish or cold as a dip for chips. (TIP: This could be a healthy alternative for a holiday party appetizer or Superbowl Sunday dip.)

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