Tomato Bake

Here is a vegetable bake for you to try. This does not take much time, and can be served as the main component of a meal or as a side dish. The best vegetables to use are the organic heirloom variety you grow yourself. Same with the herbs. Heirloom varieties of each taste better than non heirloom varieties.

The amount of each ingredient needed will depend on the size pan you are using, and the number of people being served. Think lasagna for basic amounts. I usually start with bulk purchased shredded cheeses and a jar of each grated cheese, as well as about 32 ounces of sauce and a bowl of tomatoes.

Beefsteak tomatoes work well, but you can use other medium to large varieties. Experiment. Also consider trying more than one type of tomato in your bake.

Ingredients

tomatoes

shredded mozzarella cheese

shredded mild cheddar cheese

grated Parmesan cheese

grated Romano cheese

dried parsley

pasta sauce

  1. Start by pouring ¼ cup of the sauce into the bottom of a baking dish and spreading to cover, then work in layers. You will be able to fit 2 or 3 layers into one baking dish, being sure to leave room at the top for another cheese layer.

  2. Rinse the tomatoes well, and dry with a towel.

  3. Cut the tops off and then slice the tomatoes about ¼ inch thick, placing some of the slices in a layer over the sauce. Spread more sauce over this.

  4. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the slices, covering completely.

  5. Sprinkle some of mild cheddar cheese over this, so as not to completely cover.

  6. Shake some of each grated cheese over the other cheeses, then add another layer of tomatoes.

  7. Spread the sauce again, then add the cheeses.

  8. If there is room in the pan, start another layer.

  9. If not, add a thin layer of sauce over the cheeses, and sprinkle the parsley on top.

  10. Bake at 350* – 400*, depending on the oven, until the cheese is melted.

Tips

  • Use tomatoes from your garden and home canned sauce, to save money on this recipe.

  • Growing your own herbs and drying them will save you a great deal of money as well.

  • Try other types of cheeses as desired.

Serving Suggestions

 

What to do with Less than Fresh Vegetables

Sometimes it is near impossible to eat all the vegetables we buy or grow before they lose a great deal of their freshness. Life just gets in the way. Or you overestimated what you’ll need for creating recipes for the week. These items can still be used, though. So don’t throw them away until you consider these uses.

  • Slow cooker meals are easy to create. A cheap cut of meat with less than fresh vegetables will still give a delicious meal. Try some beef, a couple of potatoes, carrots, and squash with water. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours. Add seasonings if you choose.
  • If you want to cook the above meal more quickly, put the meat and some water into a roasting pan and roast for a couple of hours. Then add the vegetables about an hour before the finish time.
  • Add shredded carrot, or chopped spinach or celery, to a smoothie.
  • Dice or shred vegetables to add to Paleo muffins or breads.
  • Cut the  vegetables up and freeze for a slow cooker meal later in the month.
  • Cut celery small and add it to a pasta sauce.

There are plenty of ways to use vegetables before you consider throwing them out. How do you use less than fresh vegetables? Let us know in the comments, or email me privately at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.

Enjoy!

Shannon