THREE TASTY WAYS TO PREPARE TOMATOES

Three ways to prepare tomatoes

Tomatoes are not only delicious, readily available all year round and affordable, they're also incredibly good for you. This fruit has been linked to health benefits for a variety of diseases, but is also very versatile and simple to incorporate into family favourites new and old. Below are three ideas to get you started with tomatoes:

Bruschetta

Bruschetta is tasty, filling and easy to make - and you can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Start with toasted or grilled bread such sliced pieces of baguette. When it's still hot, rub garlic on the toast for a kick of flavour. While the bread is grilling, chop the freshest, tastiest tomatoes you can find into small cubes. Throw into a bowl - add some chopped capsicum for more colour and flavour - and season with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Throw in some chopped, fresh basil leaves and dollop the mix generously onto the bread.

Stuffed tomato

For a delicious and nutritious snack or appetiser, consider chopping your tomatoes (full-size or cherry) in half and stuffing them full of goodies. Feta works particularly well, especially when you mix in some breadcrumbs, and fresh herbs such as parsley or oregano. You don't even have to cook these tasty treats - just sprinkle some salt and pepper as seasoning and you're good to go.

Tomato skewers

One of the best things about tomatoes is that almost everything tastes good with them, including vegemite (just add some to a tomato and take a bite). If you've got a BBQ coming up, consider preparing some tomato skewers. Chop cubes of the fruit and add to your skewers with squares of cheese such as feta or haloumi and other veggies such as capsicum, zucchini or mushroom, or even pre-cooked meats. Drizzle the skewers with olive oil and your favourite herbs and you'll have a party favourite everyone is sure to love.