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Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe... No matter how you say it, youâ€™ve got reason nowadays to re-think your tomato intake. You could risk salmonella poisoning, OR you could scope out your options for the next few weeks till this scare passes.
Donâ€™t play Russian roulette with your Roma tomatoes â€" take a shot at some of these tasty substitutes.
1. Top tomatoes as a topping. Tomatoes are great on a burger, but letâ€™s be real â€" they arenâ€™t the ONLY thing you can top your summer-liciously grilled delight with. When it comes to toppings, you can totally top tomatoes. Try guacamole or light cream cheese. Jalapenos add a post-grill kick, as does taco seasoning when added to your beef before you pack it into patties! And if youâ€™re a mushroom lover, grill up a Portobello and top your burger with that! Oh man, if I talk about these toppings anymore, Iâ€™m going to have to abandon this recording and go find a grill. Mmmm!!
2. B.L.S.E. BLTs are, like, soooo retro. Make your â€śBacon, Lettuce and Tomatoâ€ť a â€śBacon, Lettuce and Somethinâ€™ Else!â€ť Again, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Hereâ€™s a few ideas to get your anti-tomato juices flowing: Bacon, lettuce, avocado. Bacon, lettuce, jalapeĂ±o. Bacon, lettuce, fried egg. I am getting very hungryâ€¦
3. Salsa smash. Get your taste buds dancing to a salsa beat. The typical tomato, chilies, onions, jalapeĂ±os combo may have been fine for your grandmother, but letâ€™s dip into a tomato-less update, shall we?! Give your chips a new dip theyâ€™ll really dig -- a citrus salsa. Chop up some orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime, mix in with some red onion and freshly-squeezed citrus juices and olive oil, and youâ€™ve got an outrageously juicy and titillating chip dip on your hands!
4. Re-fruit your salad. If you canâ€™t imagine your salad without a few big chunks of ripe red tomato atop it, then itâ€™s time to expand your imagination. Thereâ€™s more fruit to life than tomatoes on a salad. Try juicy strawberries, crisp apple slices, or chewy dried cranberries for a refreshing change of pace and taste!
Tomatoes should be ashamed of themselves for suddenly becoming so potentially dangerous to eat. But donâ€™t see red â€" try our terrific tomato alternatives for a bit and say â€śsee yaâ€ť to salmonella!
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Outsmart Those Scary Tomatoes