Roasted Tomato

22 Mar

A number of rare or newly experienced foods have been
claimed to be aphrodisiacs.
At one time this quality was even ascribed to the tomato.
Reflect on that when you are next preparing the family salad.
-Jane Grigson

This is a delicious snack that I should make much more often, but tend to forget about.

Some fun facts about tomatoes!
* They are considered a fruit, not a vegetable.
* They are high in vitamin C and also contain vitamin A, postassium and iron.
* Tomatoes improve eye health and prevent hypertension and urinary tract infections.
* The antioxidant lycopene, found in tomatoes, has been linked to the prevention of several types of cancers.
* Tomatoes contain more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable.
* The redder the tomato, the higher the amounts of lycopene and betacarotene.
* Cooking tomatoes releases more nutrients than eating them raw.

Ain't she a beauty?

1 large tomato, such as hot house
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup grated parmesan
black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice tomato in half width-wise. Mix garlic and olive oil, and spoon over each cut slice. Top with parmesan cheese and sprinkle with black pepper, to taste. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly browned.

You can also try substituting Italian seasonings for the black pepper, sprinkling on garlic powder instead of using the fresh cloves, or whatever else suits your taste!

Serves 2

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