Monday, December 10, 2012

Tomatina Ratatouille & Review


I recently had the opportunity of reviewing a new product called Tomatina.  If you have ever tried V8 juice this juice is about 100 times better!!  The first thing I noticed when I received this product sample was how dark red it was.  This told me that it was loaded with lycopene at the highest level. My first taste was so flavorful and delicious. Tomatina was created by John Goldfuss. He is at the point with his new company that he needs some help getting his first production of juice going. Up to now, all of the money invested has been his own. Getting some momentum going is key to Tomatina’s launch and survival.  Please check out the links below to where you can help donate money so he can purchase bottles for his first run of product. Any amount will help him reach the goal of $10,000 by January 7.  It truly is a product beyond others I have tasted and deserves to be on the grocery shelves. 
Tomatina owes its name to a tomato festival in Spain.  In this celebration, the entire town of Buñol is filled with truckloads of tomatoes, and a huge tomato fight ensues. Afterward everyone washes up so the feasting, dancing, and partying festivities can begin. ¡Olé!
Tomatina's unique recipe went through 70+ variations to get to its current delicious state. The recipe includes tomatoes, beets, ginger, carrots, celery, cucumber and red bell pepper. 
The tomatoes support a happy heart by softening sticky cholesterol. It's generous antioxidants also reduce harmful oxidative bone stress. They are the most abundant source of lycopene. Studies that look at large groups of people (observational studies) in many countries have shown that the risk for some types of cancer is lower in people who have higher levels of lycopene in their blood. Studies suggest that diets rich in tomatoes may account for this reduction in risk. Evidence is strongest for lycopene's protective effect against cancer of the lung, stomach, and prostate. It may also help to protect against cancer of the cervix, breast, mouth, pancreas, esophagus, and colon and rectum. Beets anti-inflammatory compounds soothe and repair strained organs.  Ginger, with a magical, almost spiritual repute, is a medicinal root known for its stomach-soothing and anti-inflammatory effects. A carrot a day keeps the dermatologist away. Celery  is associated with reduced blood pressure. The anti-oxidants in cucumbers devour menacing free-radicals. Red bell peppers are dutiful stewards of good health with an abundant mix of nutrients and anti-oxidants.
Please help get this fabulous product to market.
The recipe I created using this delicious tomato juice was a YUMMY Ratatouille. Ratatouille originated in the area around present day Nice. It was originally a meal made by poor farmer's (in essence it started out life as a peasant dish), and was prepared in the summer with fresh summer vegetables. The original and simplest form of Ratatouille used only zucchini, tomatoes, green and red peppers (bell peppers), onions, and garlic. Today, eggplant  is usually added to the list of vegetables. You can choose to add eggplant or not, since the recipe is delicious with or without it. I spiced it up with some oregano & thyme. You can serve it over potatoes, rice or noodles.  Enjoy good health and check out Tomatina's website and facebook pages below. 
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Tomatina Ratatouille
Serves 4
                                                                                   

1 small onion, diced 
1 garlic clove, minced  
1 tsp. olive oil 
1 medium zucchini, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
5 Shitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup diced eggplant (OPTIONAL)  
1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves
sea salt & pepper to taste
1 cup Tomatina or your favorite tomato juice
(Potato, Rice or Noodles)

1.  Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. 

2.)  Add diced vegetables and seasonings. Continue to saute until vegetables are soft.  Salt & pepper to taste. 

3.)  Add 1 cup of Tomatina. Simmer for 5 minutes.

4.)  Serve over sliced potato, rice or noodles.  

Check out the links below and follow TOMATINA.

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7 comments:

  1. Jummy! I start again to be a veggie, so your recipes will be so helpfull to me.
    I will cook this Ratatouille and then i will share my results with you :)

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    1. I can't wait to hear how it turns out for you:)

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  2. It looks really good and it doesn’t seem to be a hard one too. I’ll try it out right away.

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  3. I’m starting to be a fan of your recipes, keep posting more of them.

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  4. That picture just got my mouth watering.

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