QUICK ROAST MINI TOMATOES | brimming with beauty
Serves 4 | 10 or 60mins go-to-wo
What makes this recipe so fabulous is that you don't have to do a thing and it looks and taste beautiful.....not to mention tomatoes skin-loving beauty. Simply toss a punnet of tomatoes in olive oil, fresh herbs, season and bake! So, so pretty. Serve with a 'grilled' piece of fish or meat or eggy tart.
BEAUTY BOOST: Tomatoes contain Lycopene, a powerful anti-oxidant. This free radical scavenger is particularly effective in skin-tissue because it is fat-soluble – reducing skin cell damage means preventing wrinkles. Adding olive oil to is a great way to increase lycopene’s absorption as it is bound to the dietary fibre and what's more it's made more bio-available if cooked! Needless to say tomatoes containVitamin C - another fabulous antioxidant that is essential for the production of collagen – think of it as glue to keep your skin from collapsing and forming wrinkles and sagging. And Lycopene has been found to block UV light that causes your skin to produce free radicals, eating them won't protect you from direct light as it only has a SPF of 3 but it's enough to reduce the effects of indirect sunlight. Start adding tomatoes to your daily eating routing for a more youthful, radiant complexion!
1 or 2 punnets of cherry or grape tomatoes - rinsed
few sprigs of fresh herb - eg thyme or oregano or basil
Turn oven on to 160C
Line a baking dish with glad bake (makes washing up easy)
Add tomatoes, herbs, seasoning, drizzle generously with olive oil, toss to coat.
Bake for 45-60 mins.
Remove. Cool. Serve as is on the side of a dish. Eg savoury tart or fritatta or toss thru salad or smash for a quick sauce to go with lamb.
TIPS & TRICKS
- To reduce cooking time, prepare on stove top by cooking & tossing in a fry pan for a few minutes. Be careful not to apply too much heat or the tomatoes will burst.
- For a 'fresh' taste, after cooking remove herb sprigs and spinkle over chopped herbs.
- To turn it into a salad, do above + drizzle balsamic vinegar or glaze &/or some grated lemon zest.
Some do some don't. I have one of each! :)