Stuffed Tomato Boats

These days it is getting harder and harder to find creative ways to get my kids to eat a little healthier, to get a good mix of veggies in their diets and to have them clean their plates at the end of dinner. While I was rummaging through the fridge the other day, I found some Roma Tomatoes that I knew I had to get using. What better way to recycle these incredibly sweet and delicious tomatoes than to make up a batch of Stuffed Tomato Boats? Yes, just like the stuffed peppers that we so often find on the menu at most Mediterranean and Vegetarian restaurants, the same idea applies to these delicious Stuffed Tomato Boats.With the kids getting older and really starting to identify their own unique tastes and flavour combinations, these Stuffed Tomato Boats are a combination of everything my kids love most when it comes to food. As tradition would go, most stuffed items are a combination of rice or some other grain, veggies and cheese (usually Parmesan). My Stuffed Tomato Boats are plain and simple. No running out to the market to get some obscure spices or other ingredients, just the vegetable crisper contents of my fridge and the spices I have on hand. You can really stuff your tomatoes with anything that appeals to you and your family and I guarantee you’ll have a winner for dinner.

Some days are a whole lot more hectic than others around here so, adding in some beautifully grilled chicken breast into the stuffing of the Stuffed Tomato Boats makes these beauties a meal as opposed to a side dish. The kids love having these as an all in one meal and I have to tell you, being able to make these in the morning while all the kids are at school takes away a ton of stress at dinner time. I simply plop these boats back in the oven to heat them up and presto. Next to no clean up and dinner for the brood in minutes. The kids were a little skeptical of these Stuffed Tomato Boats until they bit into them. The sweetness of the tomato itself after being roasted in the oven sent waves of happiness over all my kids faces.

Stuffed Tomato Requirements:

  • 4-6 ripe tomatoes halved and gutted
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled rice
  • 1/2 diced red and yellow pepper
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cooked and diced chicken breast.
  • 3/4 cups peas

Tomato Stuffing Steps:

  1. In a large pan, combine your  veggies and breasts with 2 tbsp olive oil and cook until veg is soft.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. When veggies are softened, add rice and mix until well combined.
  4. Add the last tbsp of oil and add parmesan. Combine well and set aside.
  5. Using a tablespoon, fill your tomato halves until slightly mounded.
  6. Bake in oven for 25-30 mins or until the sides of the tomatoes hold the shape of your fingers when squished.
  7. Remove from oven and serve immediately or let cool on a wire rack.
  8. If not eating right away, when cool, store in an airtight container in fridge.
  9. Reheat in oven at 300 for 20 mins if not eating right away.Simple, elegant and filling make these Stuffed Tomato Boats a perfect fit for any family of any size. For me, I love the simplicity of an entire meal served inside the body of an incredibly sweet and meaty tomato. Have no fear if tomatoes aren’t really your thing. You can easily use peppers as a phenomenal substitute if you really need to… But that’s another post now isn’t it?

 

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