|Sautéed tomatoes with onions|
For the past few weeks my boyfriend Chris and I have been on a bit of a health kick, updating our regular carb-heavy diet for a lighter, greener, and fresher way of eating. The biggest factor in allowing us to keep up this new healthy lifestyle is making sure that healthy food choices are always convenient, abundant, and at our fingertips. While it's fantastic to have so much fresh and healthy food within our reach at all times, it's also bound to result in some potential waste.
With boxes of organic granola cluttering up our kitchen countertop (yeah, I guess we're that couple now) it was easy to miss a full container of grape tomatoes hiding way back in the corner, forgotten and wrinkled to all hell. Many people would instinctively toss those shrivelled up, old tomatoes into the compost, figuring they're a lost cause, but not this food hero! I refused to allow an entire container of untouched tomatoes go to waste!
|The circled tomato is a wrinkled one that hasn't yet swelled up|
To rescue old, shrivelled, and wrinkly grape and cherry tomatoes all you need is a light drizzle of olive oil, some heat, and some time. Set a skillet on the stove to medium-heat and drizzle in some olive oil. Toss in your wrinkled tomatoes and stir together with the oil. As the tomatoes heat up they will begin to swell and will eventually become juicy and plump as they begin to blister. Once the tomatoes begin to blister and have plumped up you have the choice of taking them off the heat right then and there and using them as you wish, or you can continue to cook until the tomatoes begin to burst on their own, which is fantastic to use for salad dressings and sauces! I like to let about half of the tomatoes burst and leave the rest in tact. My favourite way of using these blistered tomatoes is in a kale salad with sautéed onions and a honey-dijon vinaigrette.
Tip: As you can see in the images provided, I chose to sauté my tomatoes with some sliced onion, which will not affect your final results at all. I just love sautéing onions with blistered tomatoes because I love tossing them into salads!