“Cheezy” Roasted Tomatoes & Healthy Vegan Fridays

March 8, 2013

Good morning and happy Friday to you!

Dr. Greger DVD Giveaway Winner:

I’m really excited that many of you were already familiar with Dr. Greger’s website, NutritionFacts.org, and that a lot of new videos were watched as part of the giveaway for two DVDs from him:

Dr. Greger DVD giveaway

The randomly selected winner was Stacy L. who said:

“Thanks for another great Giveaway, Carrie! I watched “Fibromyalgia vs. Vegetarian & Raw Vegan Diets”. I work at an Internal Medicine practice and we are striving to implement a Whole Foods Plant Based diet for our patients. We continue to see increasing numbers of patients come to our practice who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, so I am in great need of further information on this.”

You probably know this, but you can watch every single video from Dr. Greger for free on the website. I think it is one of the best scientifically-backed resources on nutrition out there and I refer to it at least several times a week. If you are interested in a particular topic, then you can even search for that term and see if there are related videos.

“Cheezy” Roasted Tomatoes:

I’ve been trying some new cooking techniques I learned in the cooking class I took last weekend with Chef Bravo. In particular, since I am not consuming any oils during the Spring 2013 Healthy Vegan Challenge, then I have been experimenting with roasting techniques since that is one of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables. I made some roasted tomatoes yesterday that were fabulous. I know it’s not exactly tomato season, but I found some hydroponic ones at Costco that were grown without pesticides and looked really red and delicious.

I started by slicing them in half and placing them on a parchment-lined baking sheet with the cut side up:

Sliced tomatoes.

I then sprinkled some nutritional yeast and dried oregano on top of each one:

Roasted tomatoes.  After 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven, they looked like this:

"Cheezy" Roasted Tomatoes These were so yummy that I just ate them straight out of the oven, but they would be great on a salad or served as an easy appetizer:

"Cheezy" Roasted Tomatoes with nutritional yeast and dried oregano.

Here’s the recipe:

I think this might be my first appetizer recipe ever, you can tell how much entertaining I do. :)

Healthy Vegan Fridays:

Yay, it’s Friday, which means among other things that it’s time for Healthy Vegan Friday, the recipe link-up party.

The top most clicked-up recipes from last week were:

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins from Erin @ Sift, Stir & Savour:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins from Erin @ Sift, Stir & Savour

2. Chickpea Coconut Curry from Kimmy @ Rock My Vegan Socks:

Chickpea Coconut Curry from Kimmy @ Rock My Vegan Socks

3. Great Grains: Buckwheat from My Sister’s Pantry.

Congrats, ladies, and thank you for your fantastic submissions!

My favorites were these:

1. Healthiest Weeknight DinnerButternut Squash Black Bean Burritos from One Small Vegan:

Butternut Squash Black Bean Burritos from One Small Vegan

2. Most Tempting Ethnic Dish – Caribbean Rice & Beans from Dancing Carrots:

Most Tempting Ethnic Dish - Caribbean Rice & Beans from Dancing Carrots

3. Most Tempting SmoothieHealthy Carrot Cake Smoothie from Green Thickies:

Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie from Green Thickies

Thank you to everyone who participated and please link up your favorite healthy vegan recipe at the end of this post.


I hope you aren’t tired of giveaways, because I’ll be back with two more next week. Have a healthy, happy weekend and I’ll see you Monday. In the meantime, don’t forget to download your copy of Vegan Delish, my recipe app featuring 80 of my favorite easy, whole food recipes. The app is available for all Apple hand-held devices. You can learn more about it here.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

janet @ the taste space March 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

What a great idea for tomatoes, Carrie. I have never melted or roasted nooch like that. I will have to remember that trick when we get the summer tomatoes. :-)


Veronica @ Veggie V's Vegan Adventure March 8, 2013 at 7:44 am

Yum! This same “trick” is great on mushroom caps, too! More appetizers ;-)


Kara March 8, 2013 at 7:59 am

My son loves tomatoes and mushrooms!!! I will try this recipe on him!! Yum!!! Thank you for more inspiration!!!!


Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family March 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

I would have not been able to resist those tomatoes either. I would have consumed one or two straight out of the over.

What a delicious treat.

Have a great weekend Carrie!


Nikki @ Eat To The Beet March 8, 2013 at 8:55 am

Those tomatoes look delicious!


Jennifer March 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

I wanted to ask before posting today on the linkie…I have a contest on my blog but it’s still Healthy and Vegan and Friday and as you know I usually participate each week and don’t spam…but didn’t know if there was a rule against it since I had a contest within the post? Let me know and then I will link up if I am allowed!

Happy Weekend :)


Carrie March 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

I think as long as the post or contest is food related (and vegan, of course), then it would be appropriate for HVFs! :)


Jennifer March 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

It IS :) Thanks! It’s for a Raw Vegan Chocolate!


Sasha March 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

Those roasted tomatoes look really good, and I don’t really like tomatoes at all!
Thank you for featuring my recipe! :)


Jill March 8, 2013 at 10:28 am

Thank you for this recipe. I am going to try it this weekend. I have been trying to keep all oils out of my diet. Being vegan is easy, easy, easy. It is avoiding oils that I have trouble with.


Lisa March 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

OH yum!!! I love roasted tomatoes, but they have always had breadcrumbs…put this one in my favorites..;)


Vicki March 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Hi Carrie – do you have plans to develop your app for Android devices? Just curious :).


Jessica Jensen March 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Ok, so these look strangely delicious! Don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before. ;) Thanks for sharing and hosting every week!


kimmythevegan March 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Wow – that totally made my day that my recipe was so popular last week =D

Those tomatoes look so tasty! What a great idea – I love that it is a quick and easy meal.


Danae Johnson March 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Yum… All the recipes look just delicious today. And may I say roasted tomatoes with balsamic and fresh basil might be another great variation!! My mouth waters at the thought. Hope you have a great weekend and look forward to Monday’s post!


Katherine @ Green Thickies March 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Thank you so much for featuring my Carrot Cake Smoothie!


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