Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stuffed Tomatoes just got even better!!

 So I have loved stuffed tomatoes so much lately, I have made them at least 4 times in the last couple of months! mmmm
Tonight I decided to try something more with them. First I got some Wild Rice cooking. I dumped about 2 cups of Wild Rice in a pot of about 4 cups of water, and a couple Tblsp. of olive oil, brought it all to a boil for about 2 minutes, and then let it simmer on low for about 40 min, or until done.
Then I hollowed out the tomatoes, and mixed the following ingredients with the juicy insides.
1. juicy insides of tomato (1 tomato per person eating)
2. 1 can of Kidney beans
3. 1 can of sliced black olives
4. about 5 or 6 sliced green onions
5. a bunch of fresh basil leaves
6. I also added some vegetable base seasoning mix
 When the rice is done, mix the rice into the mixture in a casserole dish.
 Then spoon some of the mixture into each hollowed tomato, and set the tomatoes in the mixture so the mixture is supporting tomatoes. Put it in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees F. and for about 30-40 min, until the tomatoes are tender and the water in the mixture is gone.
While the casserole is cooking.................make your pomegranate salad :)
Get your leafy greens, I used spinach, and mix them in a fruity vinaigrette, like Raspberry vinaigrette, or Strawberry vinaigrette, and a Tblsp. or so of Olive oil. Then add your Pomegranate seeds, stir and that's it! I am so excited that it is Pomegranate season! This salad is soooooo healthy and delicious! You need olive oil or a healthy oil everyday, at least 3 Tblsp's. Your spinach or dark leafy greens are packed with protien and vitamins and minerals, vinegar is good for you, and Pomegranate seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins. I could just eat this salad for dinner and be happy :)
This is optional, we try not to eat to much cheese, especially during the winter time when all the sicknesses are running rampant, but I couldn't help putting a light dressing of PepperJack cheese (on the adults tomatoes) and Mozzerella cheese (for the kidlets) on top of it all. It was a great addition, but it was still Oh So Deliciosa in the parts that didn't have cheese.

Here is an up-close look..........:)
And what it looked like on my plate...............mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
 You reeeeeeally should tryyyyyyyyyyyy it!