A bouquet from and for the heart

Looking for an original, guilt-free Valentine’s day appetizer? This tomato and mozzarella bouquet is fun and easy to make. It’s a heart-healthy choice for those close to your heart. Here’s why.

As well as being fat free, low in calories, and high in vitamin C, tomatoes are good source of vitamins A, K, folate, potassium, and several other vitamins and minerals, all of which are necessary for good health. But tomatoes are also specifically linked to heart health. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and triglycerides. Tomato extracts help prevent blood platelet cells from clumping together (which lowers the risk of heart problems like hardening of the arteries). Tomatoes are on the list of the world’s healthiest foods.1

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Cut a hole in the cherry tomato about the size of your mozzarella ball.

Mozzarella contains niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, biotin, and vitamin B6. They are important to maintaining healthy skin and vision and to the formation of red blood cells. Mozzarella also contains vitamins such as A, D and E, which help bone growth, absorption of calcium, and protection of cell membranes.2

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Hollow out the cherry tomato and place a mozzarella ball inside it.

Basil has anti-inflammatory and antiaging properties. It is rich in antioxidants as well as in vitamins A, K, C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium, and many other nutrients. These can help protect cell walls from free radical damage (in the blood system and other body structures), improve blood flow, and help stop cholesterol from oxidizing in the blood stream.3

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Skewer the basil and then set the mozzarella and tomato combo on top.

Further, basil leaves are an excellent source of iron, which helps blood to carry oxygen.4

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A bouquet from and for the heart

Have a happy and heart-healthy Valentine’s day.

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Tomato and mozzarella bouquet appetizer
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Yields 12
Easy and fun Valentines day project. Romantic and heart healthy.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
703 calories
10 g
179 g
51 g
51 g
30 g
350 g
1428 g
6 g
0 g
17 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
350g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 703
Calories from Fat 448
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 51g
78%
Saturated Fat 30g
149%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 179mg
60%
Sodium 1428mg
60%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 6g
Protein 51g
Vitamin A
51%
Vitamin C
28%
Calcium
116%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 12 cherry tomatoes
  2. 12 mozzarella balls (ca. 150 g, or 5 oz. total)
  3. Handful of basil leaves
Also
  1. 12 long skewers, presoaked
  2. A flower vase, well washed
Instructions
  1. First, hollow out the tomatoes using a fine knife. Make the hole approximately the size of the mozzarella ball.
  2. Place the mozzarella ball into the hollowed-out tomato.
  3. Skewer the basil, top with the tomato and mozzarella flower, place in the vase. Repeat until you’re done.
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calories
703
fat
51g
protein
51g
carbs
10g
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By the way, make sure to make your holes in your tomatoes only as large as the mozzarella balls. Otherwise, you may be dis-heart-ened if this happens.

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I secured this one with a small piece of toothpick and hid it in the back.

This post is dedicated to my friend, Marita, who served me something similar and inpired me to post it on my blog. The version above is slightly adapted.

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2 Responses to From the heart … to the heart (Tomato and mozzarella bouquet appetizer)

  1. Margaret says:

    How creative and fun!
    Inspiring,
    next?
    Springtime tulips of all colors?!
    Black olives and yellow “petals” (Black-eyed Susans)?
    Thank you :)

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