Tomatoes inspire simple, delicious meals

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Posted by peter88 from the Consumer Tips category at 16 Jul 2011 11:11:39 pm.
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Creating simple, delicious meals does not have to be difficult. With the right ingredients on hand and a little know-how, you can create tasty meals right from your own kitchen. Italian dishes full of flavorful, fresh, tomato bases are some of the most popular around. Just think of the multitude of pasta options or meat, seafood and vegetable a la parmigiana dishes.
Tomatoes: A staple of Italian cooking

Tomatoes are the heart of many popular Italian-style or Mediterranean meals. Not every home chef has the time or the space to grow their own tomatoes. Even still, certain varieties taste better than others. Pre-packaged tomatoes are a handy option for home cooks. When shopping, select high-quality, fresh-tasting, garden-ripe tomatoes, like those from Pomi.

Not all tomatoes are created equal. Those from Pomi are specially grown in Italy and processed right next to the fields where they were harvested. These 100-percent natural tomatoes yield some of the freshest flavor for cooking. Studies indicate that cooked tomatoes are an important component in immune system health. Tomatoes are high in lycopene -- an antioxidant that gives tomatoes their bright color and can fend off certain cancers.

You also want to look for tomatoes that are safely packaged, without the use of BPA (bisphenol A), a carcinogenic chemical that is often used in plastics and in resin linings of metal cans. Pomi stay-fresh packaging is always BPA-free and is specially designed to ensure a long shelf life. These tomatoes are always available. So, just Pomi when the urge to create delicious food strikes you.

Secret of the professionals

The popularity of cable how-to cooking channels has enabled home cooks at learn some insider secrets from some of the world's most renowned chefs.

For decades, Mario Batali has wowed diners with his culinary flair at several successful restaurants, including "Del Posto" and showed his expertise on many long-running television cooking shows. He has also authored several best-selling cookbooks. In his 2010 release Molto Gusto, Batali -- an expert on authentic Italian cuisine -- routinely recommends the use of Pomi tomatoes for his collection of pizza, pasta and antipasti recipes.

Inspired menu creation

Chefs looking to get started on their next mouthwatering culinary creation can consider this recipe for Chicken Breast Sorrento, courtesy of Pomi.

Chicken Breast Sorrento

2 whole chicken breasts, skinned

1 cup water

11/2 cups Pomi, strained

1 small onion

1 small carrot

3 tablespoons olive oil

Juice of one lemon

Salt and pepper

Lettuce for garnish
Simmer chicken breasts in water, tightly covered, with 1/4 teaspoon salt, onion and carrot until tender (about 1/2 hour), adding water if necessary. Cool, drain, remove bones and slice breasts. Mix the lemon juice with olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and Pomi. Pour a small portion of the sauce onto a platter, place the sliced chicken breasts on top and pour the remaining sauce over the chicken. Garnish with lettuce.
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