The Seasonal Ingredient

  • Tomatoes on the vine

    Four Surprising Health Benefits of Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are loaded with many health benefits. In fact, they are incredibly versatile and can be prepared in a seemingly endless number of dishes, as well as being great to eat alone.

    Four Surprising Health Benefits of Tomatoes:

    1. Tomatoes help maintain strong bones. Tomatoes contain a considerable amount of calcium and Vitamin K. Both of these nutrients are essential in strengthening and performing minor repairs on the bones as well as the bone tissue.
    2. Tomatoes are good for your heart. Because of the Vitamin B and potassium in tomatoes, they are effective in reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure.
    3. Tomatoes are good for your eyes. The Vitamin A found in tomatoes is fantastic for improving your vision. In addition, eating tomatoes is one of the best foods to eat to prevent the development of night blindness.
    4. Tomatoes are good for your kidneys. Adding tomatoes without seeds to your diet has been proven in some studies to reduce the risk of kidney stones.

Chili Tomato Beefy Macaroni

  • A Recipe to Make with the Kids!

    Chili Mac is a delicious meal that makes your tummy feel satisfied! Try this one-pot recipe and enjoy.

     Chili tomato beefy macaroni

     

    Ingredients (Makes 6-8 Servings)

    2 pounds ground beef
    3 cups beef broth
    2 cups uncooked macaroni
    1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes (NOT drained)
    1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
    2 packets chili seasoning
    1 onion chopped
    3 clove garlic minced
    2 cups shredded Mexican style cheese

    Directions

    In a large Dutch oven, brown the ground beef with the onions over medium high heat. Drain away any grease.
    Return the meat and onions to the heat and add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in the beef broth, chili seasoning, diced tomatoes with the juice and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir in the uncooked pasta. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and pasta are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. When ready to serve, add the cheese. Stir until melted. Enjoy!