You Say TomAto, I Say Tomato

There’s nothing quite like a fresh tomato from the garden.  Whether it’s your own garden, your neighbors garden, or the farmers market, tomatoes are in abundance right now.  Not only are they delicious, but this nightshade also is rich in vitamins and minerals (vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, etc).

Below are some of my favorite recipes for tomatoes.

Stuffed Tomatoes - So yummy!  You can use any kind of meat and add other veggies in if you wish.

Tomato Sauce - Tastes great over steamed veggies, zucchini “pasta”, or spaghetti squash.  I like to throw some chunks of chicken or ground beef in it too.

Tomato Basil Relish – I like this over pretty much anything (meat, eggs, avocado) or just by itself.

Fried Green Tomatos - I’ve never used this recipe, but it looks WAY better than the one that I do use.  Try it and let me know what you think.

Fresh Salsa - Great on eggs, with fresh veggies, and if you want to be a bit crazy you can even go with some plantain chips or sweet potato chips.

To stay a bit more simple you can always just slice up a tomato with any meal for a side dish.  Or chop one up and add it to a mixed veggie salad topped with good protein.

We always talk about eating produce that is in season.  Well, these are definitely in season and now you have plenty of recipes to keep your palate satiated with different uses for the tomato overload.  Enjoy!



Written by Jenny

Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through endurance running races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level. In 2011, her first year competing in CrossFit, Jenny placed 2nd at the Northern California Regionals earning herself a spot to The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games where she gained the title as the 6th Fittest Woman on Earth. In 2012 she improved her regional standings, taking 1st in Northern California and once again a spot to The Reebok CrossFit Games. Injury took her out of the 2013 season, but is working hard at returning to the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2014. Although, she enjoys competing, Jenny's true love is being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, camping and more with her boyfriend, Marcus and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo. With her love for sport and exercise, Jenny chose a career as a personal trainer so she could share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Prior to Norcal, she has trained in gyms, private training studios, and coached soccer. Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming to her from, her mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. She will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. With her inspiration, motivation and dedication, she will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jenny will help you be your best!

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