Tomatoes are one of the produce stars of the summer. To me, it is hard to beat a fresh, local tomato just off the vine. They are bursting with flavor and contain lycopene, an antioxidant that has been found to help prevent diabetes, age-related muscular degeneration and cataracts, aging of the skin, and osteoporosis. Tomatoes can be eaten in so many different ways - sliced on a sandwich or burger, chopped and put into a salad, eaten raw like an apple, or layered with fresh mozzarella for a Caprese salad, to name a few. My current favorite is open-faced toasted tomato sandwiches. Though tomatoes won’t be at their absolute best for a few more weeks, I can’t help myself. :)
Makes 1 sandwich (vegetarian and vegan)
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 2 slices whole grain bread (my current favorite is Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted 100% Whole Grain Bread)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Sea salt, to taste
Toast bread in toaster oven and spread with coconut oil (about 1 tbsp per slice, load it up!). Let sit for 30 or so seconds so that oil can melt and seep into the bread. Lay sliced tomato on top and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!!
~Peace, love and fresh tomatoes~