Tomato Basil and Fresh Mozzarella
Today was the official last day of summer and I wanted to make something light and healthy with a summer feel to it. I made one of my all time faves which is a tomato basil bocchini salad. The basil is today’s Arthritis fighting ingredient.
Basil and the essential oil of this plant is said to have anti-inflammatory effects on the body making it an ideal for anyone with arthritis. The oil of this plant contains a substance that blocks the effects of an enzyme in the body causes inflammation and swelling.
These tomatoes were perfectly ripe and full of summer flavor. The fragrant basil, mild fresh mozzarella, some sea salt, freshly cracked pepper and a drizzle of olive oil made this the perfect first course. I also added a few drops of balsamic vinegar but did that after I snapped the photo.
Arthritis Kitchen Tip – The Right Knife – The key to avoiding strain on your hands and wrists is using the right knife for the right job. In the Arthritis Kitchen I have several knives that are must have items for me. For the task of slicing up the ripe tomato and soft cheese for this salad it was my serrated thin blade knife. While I don’t use this always as my go to knife it does the trick for slicing soft items and does not require much effort at all to use.