Healthy Recipe: Mediterranean Focaccia

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Anyway you say it, tomatoes (or to-MAH-toes) are a tasty healthy eating ingredient for a variety of dishes. In addition to the vitamins and minerals, tomatoes contain the antioxidant, lycopene, which may help prevent certain types of cancer, heart disease, and even eye diseases. Today’s healthy recipe comes from the California Tomato Growers Association, and – since it’s kid-friendly – you can make dinner a family cooking event! If it’s warming up in your corner of the world, you might even be able to dine al fresco.

Makes 8 servings

1 large round loaf Italian bread
1 (8 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pitted and chopped ripe olives
1 2/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (1 1/2 ounces

Place bread shells on baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil. Layer with tomatoes, red peppers, basil, olives and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan over all. Bake in oven or broiler at 450°F until heated through and cheese is melted. Cut baked loaf into 8 wedges.

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