33 Reasons Tomato You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we ate breakfast in Singapore.

food list rachel hansen crop

1. No-Cook Tomato Sauce

This asks you to marinate it for four hours, which is just enough time to squeeze in a mini Scandal marathon.


2. Heirloom Tomato and Mango Lassi with Ground Sumac

via food52

via food52

3. The Only Fried Green Tomato Recipe You’ll Ever Need

I’m serious.

4. Cold Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Roasted Vegetables

5. Spanish Style Toast with Tomato

via saveur

via saveur

6. Tomato Damn Sandwich

You really don’t need an actual recipe for this masterpiece! Thick tomato slices, mayonaise, salt and pepper, white bread. BAM TOMATO DAMN SANDWICH. Tomato sandwiches are the best part of being a human. Better than the sex part even.

7. Tomato and Cream Cheese Turnovers

8. Vegan Fried Green Tomato Sandwich

via peegaw

via peegaw

Oh my god.

9. Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

10. Provencal Tomatoes

via ina garten bitches

via ina garten bitches

11. Pimento Cheese BLT

Oh my god again.

12. Shakshuka with Grains and Feta

13. Flounder Poached in a Fennel Tomato Sauce

14. Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle

15. Farmers Market Cornbread with Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes and Sheep’s Cheese

16. Bourbon Caramelized Bacon and Heirloom Tomato BLT with Fried Eggs and Smoked Gouda

Jesus f*cking christ are you kidding me holy shit.

17. Tomato Chicken Noodle Soup

18.Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese

19. Heirloom Tomato Saucy Toasts

20. Balsamic Fig Glazed Pork with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Gorgonzola Polenta

21. Roasted Tomato Soup

22. Bacon Goat Cheese Tomato Pizza

23. Ginger Tomato Ice Cream

24. Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Toast

25. Cedar Planked Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes

26. Tomato Basil Chicken Stew

via gimme some oven omg that's an adorable name for a food blog WELL PLAYED, MA'AM

via gimme some oven omg that’s an adorable name for a food blog WELL PLAYED, MA’AM

27. Tomato Stack Salad with Corn and Avocado

28. Heirloom Tomato Jam

29. Roasted Tomato Basil Pizza

30. Tomato Bisque with Cheese Croutons

31. Quinoa with Sweet Tomatoes and Green Beans

32. Easy Gazpacho

One time I was in love with a girl and she introduced me to gazpacho and now the two are forever coupled in my brain — this girl and this soup. THANKS A LOT, BRAIN.

33. Standing Over Your Sink with a Salt Shaker

via rachel living the dream

via rachel living the dream

Are you following us on Facebook?

Profile gravatar of Laneia

Laneia is the Executive Editor and founding member of Autostraddle, and she thinks you're fucking rad. She's 36, has two kids, two dogs, one Megan, some personal essays and a lot of emails in her inbox. More at LaneiaJones.com.

Laneia has written 730 articles for us.


  1. I’ve made that Shakshuka recipe from Food 52 many times and it WINS. It’s so simple and amazingly delicious. It’s especially good when scooped up with some homemade grilled flat bread. HEAVEN. The fig glazed pork recipe sounds out of this world! Totally saving this recipe.

    Ever since I was 2 (when I called them momonos), my favorite way to eat tomatoes has always been the last suggestion, just plain. Especially fresh picked and still warm from the sun. Tomatoes are my favorite.

  2. Yum!!!! #33 was interesting because I’ve always eaten plain tomatoes topped with black pepper, instead of salt. But I eat cucumbers with salt…hmm. Gonna try the tomato/salt thing now, thanks!

    Also! If you’re on a budget, adding some chopped tomatoes is a good way to make your canned tuna fish seem a little bit fancier.

      • LOL no, my nightshade thing is really really really on and off. Like at the time of camp, I was really ok with the food served but then like for example last weekend I just went and got like some extra ketchup for fries and it was so unbearable come bedtime. Like I had to lie on the floor because my whole back side felt like it was on fire.

Contribute to the conversation...

You must be logged in to post a comment.