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BEYOND PASTA SAUCE: 3 DELICIOUS WAYS TO USE CANNED TOMATOES

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Whether diced, crushed or pureed, canned tomatoes are one of the superstars of your pantry. This versatile staple contributes great flavor to a wide range of dishes, while also providing a good dose of heart-healthy lycopene. Check out three tomato-based meal suggestions to prepare in your Olympus Midtown kitchen when you're in the mood for something simple and delicious.

VEGETABLE CURRY

Whip up a fragrant and piping hot bowl of curry to enjoy over rice. Along with a can of diced or crushed tomatoes, the base for this satisfying dish will be your choice of a hearty vegetable. Potatoes and a can of chickpeas will make for an amazing dish, but you can also try lentils or cauliflower. Simmer your veggies down with onions, garlic, ginger, and your favorite curry paste. Top it off with coconut milk and enjoy! This cozy meal will taste even better for the next day's lunch.

CHILI

One of the ultimate crowd-pleasers, especially when topped with sour cream and shredded cheese. Chili is highly customizable but the classic flavors and textures begin with a can (or two, or three) of diced tomatoes, a can of red pinto beans and your choice of ground turkey or beef. Add in onions, garlic, diced carrots, diced red bell pepper, and your favorite dried herbs or spices. You can even throw in some kale, to give your delicious chili a highly nutritious green boost.

TOMATO SOUP

This wonderful comfort food couldn't be any simpler and goes so well with a dunkable companion like grilled cheese sandwiches. Saute garlic and onions in butter and then stir in your favorite broth. Next, depending on the texture you prefer, simmer either crushed or pureed tomatoes with your favorite spices. An immersion blender is not required but will make this flavorful soup velvety smooth.

Canned tomatoes definitely earn their place in your pantry. If you want to learn more about our apartments in Midtown or schedule a tour, contact us!

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