Who doesn’t love tomatoes, with their sweet goodness ripe from the vine? They are bursting with flavor AND the amazing antioxidant lycopene, which is actually more potent in cooked tomatoes! So, this recipe is perfect and offers many anti-cancer benefits! This recipe also contains one of my most fave staple ingredients; nutritional yeast! This is the magical ingredient that makes these tomatoes “cheesy”. Nutritional yeast is a big time superstar in the vegan world because it supplies us animal lovers with a fair amount of vitamin B-12, which comes mostly from animal sources. Nutritional yeast is popular for giving dishes a cheesy flavor, since we don’t consume cheese, but like to taste it once in a while. 🙂 It gives us our mac ‘n’ cheese back, fo’ shizzle! B-12 is important for DNA production as well as preventing anemia! So, the more of this we can all eat, the better! Plus, it’s SO delicious! You can read more about it here!
This dish is actually one of my go-to favorites and has been for years. I adore how simple and tasty it is! Perhaps you will appreciate this too! This can be served up as a sensational side or if you are vegan like me, they can be a delicious main dish served with brown rice or quinoa.
2 organic tomatoes of any variety, washed and cut in half width-wise
2 tbsp. Earth Balance Soy-Free butter substitute
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast (or more)
2 fresh basil leaves (or dried if you don’t have fresh), chopped
Spread butter on top of the tomatoes. Cover the tops with nutritional yeast (I douse them in nutritional yeast because I like them cheesy!). Cut basil and sprinkle on top of nutritional yeast. Lastly, add a little pepper.
Broil tomatoes in your oven for about 12-15 min. The butter should melt and the nutritional yeast should get nice and crispy looking. Do not let it burn. What you end up with is nice warm tomatoes with a light and flaky “cheesy” top.
If this recipe gets your mouth watering and you’d like more healthy recipes like them, contact me! I am also available for Nutrition Coaching and can create a personalized nutrition plan just for YOU!