You’ve probably noticed that I often use tomatoes in my recipes and you may wonder why I do so. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a compound with antioxidant properties. Lycopene is better absorbed by our body after subjecting tomatoes to heat treatment. There is 2-3 times more lycopene in tomato products than in fresh tomatoes. These vegetables are also rich in potassium so they are great for people with hypertension. They are low in calories and have a low glycemic index so people on a diet as well as those with insulin resistance or diabetes can enjoy them with no worries. Today I have a recipe with meatballs in tomato and mushroom sauce.
I combined the meat with the egg, salt and pepper. Then I formed small balls and fried them for a short time on olive oil. Next, I added diced tomatoes, mushrooms and herbs, and stewed the mixture over low heat for about 15-20 minutes.