Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tomatoes Fight Cancer, Roast Some Tonight!

Whether it's the lycopene -- the pigment that gives tomatoes their red color -- or something else isn't clear. But several studies have linked eating tomatoes to reduced risk of several types of cancer, including prostate cancer. Studies also suggest that cooking tomato products such as juice, sauce, or paste increases their cancer-fighting potential.

I love to roast tomatoes and serve them alone or tossed over hot angel hair pasta, or over toasted sliced french bread that has been rubbed with olive oil and garlic.

8-10 plum tomatoes halved lengthwise, cores and seeds removed

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil..one of my favorites is Newman's Own.
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, I also like Newman's Own.
1- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon Eden Foods sea salt. (You can get this at Whole Foods)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Arrange the tomatoes on a non-stick baking pan, cut sides up, in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper over the tomatoes. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tomatoes look like they've shrunken a bit and are beginning to brown slightly. Be careful not to burn them.  Sometimes I chop them to serve them bruschetta style. Sometimes I add fresh basil or thyme or oregano. They are delicious served warm or at room temperature.

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