These products are really outstanding. We had the pleasure of sampling Bella Sun Luci sun dried tomatoes packaged in 3.5-ounce bags at a recent food expo and thought the product was very good. The company then sent us samples of jarred sun dried tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil and they are mind-blowing delicious.
The beauty of sun dried tomatoes is that a little goes a long way adding taste and nutrition to a dish. All tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects the body from disease. Sun dried tomatoes are a concentrated form of this nutrient. One tablespoon (19 grams) has 15 times more lycopene than a fresh tomato.
The jarred sun dried tomatoes can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 6 months and provide a tasty, healthy addition to many dishes.
Sun Dried Tomato Halves with Italian Herbs and Sun Dried Julienne Cut Tomatoes with Italian Herbs each have 70 calories in a tablespoon, 5 grams of fat from olive oil (0.5 grams are saturated fat and there is no cholesterol), 1 gram of protein, 6 grams of carb (3 grams are sugar and 1 gram of fiber), with only 10 milligrams of sodium. Both can add a quick zest to salads, pasta, rice or vegetable dishes.
Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta tastes homemade. It has 190 calories in a ¼ cup serving, 17 grams of fat (2.5 grams are saturated fat), less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 4 grams of protein, 6 grams of carb (4 grams are sugar and 2 grams fiber), and 170 milligrams of sodium. Used in the traditional way spread on toasted Italian bread it is excellent. But, try being adventurous and use a thin smear on sandwiches of add a dollop to jarred tomato sauce to boost the flavor.
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto was an interesting twist on the traditional green pesto. It is also excellent and although the nutrition profile is heavier in calories and fat, a little goes a long way. A ¼ cup serving has 270 calories, 27 grams of fat (3 grams are saturated fat), less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 3 grams of protein, 8 grams of carb (5 grams are sugar and 1 gram is fiber), and 70 milligrams of sodium. We mixed it with pasta but also mixed it into other cooked grains for an instant flavor burst — two tablespoons was more than adequate for 4 servings. Mixed with nonfat Greek yogurt, it becomes an interesting vegetable dip.
This is definitely a brand worth trying.