Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stuffed Tomatoes (A Quick After Work Meal!)

Many times when I get home from work I have no desire to make dinner. Wait, I take that back, I never have a desire to make dinner when I get home from work. Let's face it, I work around food all day long, and many times I cook and bake while at work, and when I get home between 6pm and 7:30pm all I want to do is sit on my butt. However, I know that in order to eventually raise children I will have to learn to just suck it up and prepare a good dinner on most nights, so I might as well practice now, right!? I'm lucky Nick is always willing to help (always as in most of the time).

I like to prepare proteins (fish, chicken, lean beef) over the weekend and then freeze them so they are ready to be incorporated into my random meal creations during the week. I let the proteins thaw in the fridge during the day, then use them in my "quick meals" in the evening. The other day I used this summer's bounty of fresh tomatoes from our garden to make stuffed tomatoes;

Simple Stuffed (Homegrown!) Tomatoes


3 large tomatoes
6 T dry minute brown rice
1/2 avocado
3 tsp hot sauce
1 T extra virgin olive oil
2 t dried or fresh basil
1/2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder (I omitted this from my own)
Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to taste

3 ounces grilled chicken
3 ounces grilled salmon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1) Hollow out the tomatoes and put the flesh into a bowl

2) Mix the flesh of the tomato with the spices, hot sauce, and soy sauce in the separate bowl

3) Add 2 T of the rice to each tomato

4) Add the tomato flesh/spice mixture to the tomatoes, filling the tomato a little under half-way full

5) Add about 1/2 T EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to the bottom of a a glass baking dish

6) Place the filled tomatoes in the dish and cook for about 40 minutes

7) Add the cooked chicken or salmon and avocado and cook for another 10 minutes.

8) Take out of oven and shave some fresh parmesan on top and drizzle with the rest of the EVOO

9) Let sit for ~10 minutes to allow extra juices to soak into rice and tomato.

*** Serve this in a bowl as it will likely be watery, yet delicious!! ***

Nick added extra rice to the top of his.

Sorry, bad picture, the lighting is never good at 8pm...

Estimated Nutrition Facts
(Serving Size: Two stuffed tomatoes, with chicken)
QUESTION: Have you tasted any homegrown tomatoes this year?? What are some of your favorite tomato recipes? I would love to make tomato soup, do you have any good recipes to share?


  1. Yummytown! One of my best friends' family owns Stokes Farm in NJ and they grow the BEST TOMATOES EVER!!! This would be the perfect recipe to showcase them! :)

  2. I don't blame you for not wanting to cook when you get home from work!

    I think the "secret" to successful meals when you have kids is precooking (which you already do). Things get a lot more unpredictable, and so having ready to eat food around is a must. I always make at least one soup on the weekend, which we can eat during the week. I also plan to precook a lot more stews in the fall. I also have some homemade frozen meals in the freezer.

    Your stuffed tomatoes sound great! We have been very lucky this yearm and our plants have produced tons of tomatoes.

    I make a very simple tomato soup (but I think some of the ingredients you can't eat). I start by sauteeing some onions, garlic, celery, and carrots. Then I add the tomatoes and some veggie stock and cook for about 20 minutes. Next I puree the soup with an immersion blender. Last time, I added about a cup of Greek yogurt. It turned a beautiful pink color and tasted delicious.

  3. I can feel you Gina! now that I started working... when I come back I really don't want to spend time making elaborated dishes! I just want to eat and done with it!
    I'll borrow your prepare-protein-and-freeze-it idea! ;)

  4. I love stuffed tomatoes. This looks like a great recipe!

  5. I've been wanting to make stuffed tomatoes all summer! I've been stuffing so many other veggies, it's about time I get to the tomatoes!

  6. What a great recipe! I've got tomatoes coming out the wazoo so I think I might give this a whirl. I've been pretty much eating tomatoes every night in some sort of salad, adding them to sauce or making a big batch of home made marinara.....

  7. A quick meal WITH avocado... Count me in! My mom gave me a freaky picked tomato and it was the best thing I tasted all summer. They're like candy.

  8. you are like a tomato & butternut squash freak lately and i'm loving every minute of it. am i sensing tomato ice cream in the future..

    also okay so i made ice cream this past weekend and used ALL fat ingredients and it still sucked! do you think its because my frozen turner thing gets freezer burnt?

  9. I don't always feel like cooking either. And the kids generally eat before I get home, so it's just for us.
    These look great, nice hollowing job. I love home-grown tomatoes, they taste differently. Erica Sara had a post about slow roasted tomatoes I'd love to try.

  10. I've made stuffed peppers before, but never stuffed tomatoes! These look yummy, and so pretty!