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August Superfood: Tomato

You say to-mat-to, I say to-mah-to! Do you consider tomatoes a fruit or vegetable? This ongoing debate could go either way. If we’re talking science, tomatoes are considered a fruit because they develop from the ovary of a plant and contain seeds. Some may refer to tomatoes as a vegetable because they are typically used in savory cooking. Whether you consider tomatoes a fruit or veggie, their nutrition benefits remain the same!

Tomatoes are rich in tons of vitamins and minerals but are known for their high concentration of the antioxidant lycopene. This antioxidant helps protect against certain types of cancers and gives tomatoes their bright red color. Fun fact: cooking tomatoes can increase the amount of lycopene you absorb.

You can almost eat the rainbow just with this one fruit – tomatoes come in red, orange, yellow, and green varieties. Tomatoes can be incorporated into practically every meal. Check out these cooking tips:

  • Grill tomatoes for a tasty burger topping
  • Sautee tomatoes with fresh herbs to freshen up a pasta dish
  • Roast tomatoes to bring out their true flavors
  • Keep them raw and add to salads, sandwiches, or salsa
  • Add to omelets or quiches for a burst of color
  • Blend into homemade sauces for pizza
  • Stack up tomato slices with mozzarella and basil for an easy caprese salad

Follow these recommendations to enjoy the perfect tomato:

  • Look for tomatoes that are bright in color
  • Choose ones with a firmer texture and smooth skin
  • To ripen more quickly, store in a cool, dark environment for 2-3 days
  • Be careful! Ripe tomatoes can be come overripe quickly – keep a close eye on them
  • Store fresh tomatoes in the refrigerator for optimal enjoyment
  • Wash tomatoes thoroughly before eating and cooking
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  • August 1, 2018

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What our clients are saying

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“You know that I haven't been home (India) for a long time now.  I miss my mama, I miss the food, I miss the smells, I miss the people. Starting yesterday, I started to smell my mama's kitchen at Parker.  I KNEW something Indian was brewing; I could smell the garam masala!  Thank you for the delicious tofu curry.  It made my belly and soul happy.”

“This is EXACTLY the type of service and experience we had always envisioned for our patients at MSK Koch!  Thank you Chef Ryan for going out of your way for this patient and all patients and staff!”

“We were totally impressed by the presentation and care in which these new team members were brought into the CulinArt family. So happy we made the decision to choose CulinArt Group.”

“Thanks so much for a great week of food here at SCH to start off 2021. Everything has been fantastic. The kids were loving the Chinese food and boxes today. The Moo Shu Pork was amazing. Great work!”

“Dear Chef Anthony: Hi! It’s the kids from Room 223 [and their teacher, Mrs. Smith]. We thank you for providing us with such great snacks and lunches! We know how hard you and your staff work. We have been talking as a class and we came up with some of our favorite snacks. We really love the brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Scooby snacks. The soft pretzel bits are really good, too. Thank you again! ”

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