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5 Healthy Ways to Use Stewed Tomatoes

Spicy Tomato Sauce

Stewed tomatoes are versatile and can be used as a base for many different foods. Take this spicy tomato sauce, for example. You can use it on anything from chili to baked or mixed pastas and smothered meats. Just combine two cans of stewed tomatoes with the usual suspects: olive oil, onion, garlic and oregano. Then for an extra kick of heat and interest, add chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and red pepper flakes. Blend and heat these ingredients together and you have a sauce that will liven up any Mexican or Italian dish.

Stewed tomatoes can be a great addition to any recipe, but if you're going for major health benefits, try combining them with other nutritious ingredients -- like those on the next page -- for a delicious meal.