Kicking off our rainbow roundup we have the color RED. We picked a bright red vegetable and panty staple: TOMATOES!

Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a carotenoid pigment and powerful antioxidant that has long been associated with the deep red color. Several studies have also linked lycopene to helping improve bone density as well having heart-protective benefits, such as lowering triglyceride levels. Read more about tomatoes and lycopene here!

Here’s a fun fact about Lindsay – she used to be addicted to ketchup, but hated fresh tomatoes. How does that work? Lots of high fructose corn syrup and salt, that’s how! Now, she loves making (and eating!) tomato-based sauces and recipes without the added junk. Here are two of her favorites:

  • Butternut Squash Lasagna: This recipe from Health-Bent will change your noodle-less life! Dairy free and grain free, it contends with even the best of “traditional” lasagnas. Not an easy feat!
  • Smoky Bacon Chili. This recipe from PaleOMG is great in a pinch. You can whip up the chili in about 15 minutes and tastes like it has been simmering all day. I make a big batch of this recipe and then freeze individual portions for quick grab-n-go lunch.