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(Recipe) Seasoned Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Whether you consider the tomato a fruit or vegetable, you’ll likely agree that the tomato is a tasty food. It nutritionally goes well beyond complementing a sandwich or salad. The tomato offers beneficial photochemicals such as lycopene. Tomatoes can help prevent chronic disease. As you increase the amount of plant foods such as tomato and cucumber in your diet, your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer decreases.

Cucumbers have a lot of water that can help you stay hydrated. In addition to being a tasty part of lots of healthful dishes, they’re also low in calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Recipe: Seasoned Tomatoes and Cucumbers


Yield: 8 servings


6 large tomatoes
1 large onion
2 small cucumbers
¾ cup vinegar
1/3 cup sugar or artificial sweetener*
¼ cup water
1 Tablespoon mustard seed
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Prepare the vegetables: Cut the tomatoes into wedges. Slice the onion and thinly slice the cucumbers (peel the cucumbers if you prefer)

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes and sliced onion.

In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, water, mustard seed and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. Pour vinegar mixture over the tomatoes and onions. Toss well. Cover and refrigerate for at lease 2 hours.

Add cucumbers just before serving. Toss well.

* An artificial sweetener may be used in place of sugar. Since substitution amounts can vary depending on the sweetener you use, follow sweetener package directions to determine how much to use to replace 1/3 cup of sugar.

Source: Create Your Plate Cookbook

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Cindy Jones is the Manager of Food, Nutrition, Environmental Services and Diabetes Education at Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

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