Herb Roasted Tomatoes 🍅 An easy way to enjoy your Garden bounty
Herb roasted tomatoes are a new summer favorite in our home. I love to add them to our nourish bowls, a weekly staple in our home. I love it when it’s that special time of the summer months here in Michigan and I no longer have to buy tomatoes from the farmers market or grocery store. I relish in the ability to grow my own food and each year it seems to get just a little bit easier.
There comes a point in the summer where I have more tomatoes than I can possibly know what to do with so I like to get creative with how I prepare them. After an incredible trip to Greece this past summer, I have a new found love for herbs and of course, tomatoes.
The Anti-Inflammatory Power of Herbs
Herbs are a huge culinary staple in most cultures around the world, especially those with a strong connection to the land. The land is filled with herbs and medicine, especially for the seasoned forager or those deeply connected to their ancient culinary roots. The Blue Zones were one of the first avenues of learning about how cultures have been using food as medicine.
Lessons from the Blue Zones
The Blue Zones have really cultivated a curiosity about the true power of food in relation to longevity. In learning about the Blue Zones, I took a special interest in the Ikarian of Greece. So when a trip to visit Greece came up…I wasn’t just excited about the Acropolis. I was beyond thrilled to indulge in the beautiful connection to the land through food that seems inherit in the Greek culture.
If I have learned anything from my trip to Greece, it’s that Herbs are essential to really making a meal taste amazing. Asides from the rich flavor they help create in any dish, herbs are loaded with antioxidants. Herbs help combat free radicles and are one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants found in nature. We should always add herbs into our dishes, especially if we are consuming high inflammatory foods like meat and cheese. All the ancient cultures knew that slowly cooking meat with herbs was a way to combat any harmful effects of animal protein. Herbs are also on the daily dozen checklist created by Dr. Michael Gregor.
So you have a ton of delicious summer tomatoes 🍅 it’s time for Herb Roasted Tomatoes
One of my favorite ways to prepare all vegetables is by slow roasting them. They take on a really delicious rich flavor and are cooked to a really lovely degree making a great addition to any meal and meal prepping throughout the week.
How to herb roast tomatoes 🍅 (or any veggie for that matter)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Rinse, cut away any “bad” spots and chop the tomatoes into small cubes or slice in half
- Place chopped tomatoes in a flat baking dish so that the surface area is covered without too much layering
- Douse in olive or avocado oil
- Apply a liberal amount of your favorite herbs (you can use thyme, oregano, rosemary, etc.)
- Add some sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- Stir to evenly distribute the goodies
- Cook for 40 minutes, stirring half way
This can be a really wonderful addition to any nourish bowls, sauces etc. Please note that the roasted tomatoes will be “watery,” you can enjoy the watery texture, blend it or cook it with some canned chickpeas and herbs in a pot. Most of all enjoy the incredible benefits of tomatoes, loaded with anti-oxidants like lycopene which help support sun damage internally.