Tomatoes are one of my favorite, naturally gluten-free foods. I not only like to eat them plain or in salads, but I love the sun-dried variety for adding to my favorite sandwich, wrap or pizza. Mooney Farms, which began as a kiwi farm in 1987, makes a line of sun dried tomatoes and pesto that I have recently been able to sample.
Mooney Farms began in 1987 as a family owned kiwi farming operation. Products were sold at the farmer’s markets in Northern California by the family members. With the addition of sun dried tomatoes, their first sale to Price Club South San Francisco changed everything. The family’s Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil & Herbs sold out in a record 4 hours! Sun dried tomatoes had become mainstream and the Mooney Family had the winning recipe!
In 1994, Mooney Farms moved to a larger facility located in Chico, California to meet the growing demand for their products. Recently remodeled and expanded, the 100,000 square foot facility reflects their family’s rich history of the Mediterranean with 200 year old olive trees planted among the rows of lavender and rosemary.
Mooney & Sons sent me two different varieties of fat-free sundried tomatoes, two varieties of sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, sun dried tomato pesto and sun dried tomato brushetta. I was thrilled to get right down to business and topped my lunch time meal of cottage cheese on a French roll with the julienne cut, fat-free sun dried tomatoes. They were the perfect compliment to my meal! I added the sun dried tomato pesto sauce to grilled chicken and made mini-pizzas topped with Swiss cheese. Even Aaron, my tomato-hating husband commented on how good it smelled. I will definitely be making that meal again! The tomatoes have a great flavor and texture and added a simple, gourmet touch to my meals.
I love how Bella Sun Luci (Mooney & Sons) makes the sun dried tomatoes with and without olive oil. Olive oil does offer several health benefits and adds a great flavor, but not everyone wants to add extra fat to their food (or has been instructed to cut back by their doctor).
If you are looking for other ways to incorporate either varieties of the sun dried tomatoes, visit the recipes page for some great ideas & inspiration. Personally I could sit and eat the tomatoes right out of the bag or jar, but it is probably best to focus on using them in recipes like these corn muffins that could easily be converted to gluten-free by using a gluten-free mix. Bella Sun Luci products can be ordered directly from the Mooney & Sons website.
Do you like sun dried tomatoes? What is your favorite way to eat them?
***The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The opinions stated here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.