Having a backyard garden is one of the amazing ways you can cut down on your grocery costs while filling your body with fresh, organic, local produce. Have you ever started a garden thinking you’ll grow a handful of tomatoes and then the plant comes to life and grows fifteen tomatoes all within a similar time frame? I have! What do you do with all those tomatoes? After you donate some to a local non profit, the second thing you should do is make some seriously tomato themed recipes that will taste incredible with freshly picked produce.

1. Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

Stuff your tomatoes with your favorite sources of protein! This is a fresh lunch idea that will keep you nourished all afternoon.

2. One Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Lentil Pasta

Make a fancy supper in one pot that is a healthier take on an otherwise unhealthy meal. Lentil pasta is a great substitute for regular white pasta.

3. Homemade Pizza Sauce

Make this ahead of time and keep for when you’re ready to have a home made pizza party.

4. Savory Goat Cheese Tomato Pie

This savoury pie is beautiful inside and out. Filled with creamy goat cheese and topped off a variety of lovely tomatoes, this dish is the perfect dish for a summer meal on the patio.

5. Garlic and Balsamic Grape Tomatoes

This side dish is a great option to accompany BBQ’d supper. Packed with strong garlic and balsamic flavors, these tomatoes are anything but boring.

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6. Heirloom Tomato Galette with Honeyed Goat Cheese, Caramelized Shallots and Fresh Thyme

When you’re getting bored with using your tomatoes to make regular meals, take a walk on the wild side with this unique galette that is sure to please a crowd of hungry loved ones.

7. Summer Tomato Jam

Have you ever heard of tomato jam? We shouldn’t be too surprise because tomatoes are a fruit!

8. Home Made Tomato Soup

Skip the canned stuff and slurp up this rich and creamy home made soup!

9. One Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

When you can’t decide what kind of hot meal to make, create this perfect dish that is a happy medium between pasta and soup. Packed with frresh tortellini noodles and fresh basil, there’s no way you can go wrong here.

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10. Simple Roasted Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti tastes infinity better with fresh tomato sauce! Try your hand at creating the most Italian food ever – pasta sauce!

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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