February is the month of love and the color red. What fruit contains both of these qualities?
The tomato of course!
And there is nothing an Italian kitchen loves more than a nice big, red, tomato! It is a staple in almost every recipe along with the sidekicks of garlic and onion. In fact, every Sunday in our house you will find (or smell!) a pot of fresh sauce simmering on the stove waiting to top pasta for the family meal.
If you think about it, tomatoes are in most of our favorite foods; pizza, salsa, salads, appetizers to main meals and this red ball of food shares the love too; packed with Lycopene (Lie-co-peen) a heart-friendly antioxidant and vitamins A & C. Perfect for the month of “Love”, wouldn’t you say?
Looking for an easy Main Dish with tomatoes? I have the PERFECT recipe for you! I was a bit skeptical at first because this is made in the microwave, but the end result is absolutely fantastic! I was totally surprised by the creamy taste and ate every spoonful followed with “Mmmmm.” I cannot wait for leftovers for lunch!
Make this and I guarantee you will love it!
4 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 (28 0z.) can REDPACK Diced tomatoes Basil, Garlic & Oregano
1 – 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio or other short-grain white rice (I used Arborio)
1 (15 oz.) can REDPACK Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (use a quality cheese found in cheese department. It will taste better! )
In a 4QT microwave-safe dish (I used a large Pampered Chef Batter Bowl), combine butter, garlic and onion. Cook on HIGH for 3 minutes. Place the REDPACK diced tomatoes Basil, Garlic & Oregano in the dish. Microwave until hot but not boiling (about 2 minutes). Stir in the rice; cover and cook on HIGH for 6 minutes. Stir in REDPACK Tomato Sauce and cook on HIGH for additional 10 to 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in cheese and serve. *This recipe is printed with the permission of RedPack Tomatoes.
I’m telling you, this was AWESOME!! Simple, elegant and delicious!
Want to know how I got that fabulous recipe?? Well, the fine folks over at RedPack Tomatoes asked if I would like to try their product. As I cook with tomatoes ALL THE TIME, I said sure. What was also great? No strings. I could try their product and if I liked it, great and if not, that was okay too.
The FedEx man came to the door and delivered a pretty big box….and what was inside? A HUGE REDPACK TOMATO CAN!
Not that can….THIS ONE! Filled with cooking things like a pasta spoon, spatula, pizza cutter, can opener, recipe cards and of course, tomatoes!
I cannot tell you how many neighbors have commented on the can sitting in my kitchen! “Oh, how neat is that?!”
And, best of all…is that gem of a recipe I shared above was printed on the side!
REDPACK does tomatoes. That’s it. And they do them well! Very tasty….check out their website…it is pretty cool. I had fun going through the different vegetables!
Would you like one?? Of course you do! And guess what? REDPACK has offered a lucky reader a big Tomato Can of their very own!
How can you win this can-of-fun?
Just leave a comment below sharing your favorite tomato dish. If you want to share a recipe, that would be awesome too…because you know I love to try recipes!
Leave a comment (& your email), starting today thru Wednesday Feb. 8th. I’ll randomly choose a lucky reader at 11:00pm EST on 2/8 and announce the winner on Thursday Feb. 9th.
When I find a good thing, I love to share!! Good luck!
**I was provided a gift can from REDPACK Tomatoes. I was not paid for this post. All opinions are my own. Reader chosen for gift can will receive it directly from REDPACK.
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