Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stuff the tomatoes then your face!

Hello everyone! I know some of you out there are trying to stay within your daily allowance of points on the Weight Watchers program, which by the way I think is a great program to follow. Most veggies have no points which encourages us to eat more of those! Here's a recipe that I love- it's super quick and easy (I cannot remember where I first got this recipe so I am not taking credit for it). It tastes great, includes healthy fat, it's filling and best of all it is only 2 points per serving (according to the Weight Watchers recipe calculator). If you want to spice it up a little add 1 jalapeno to the veggie mixture!

Stuffed Tomatoes (serves 6, each tomato=2 points)
6 Large tomatoes
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
2 tsp Olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic
3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Instructions:
  • Set your oven to 350
  • Start by cooking 2 cups of brown rice according to the package
  • Rinse tomatoes and cut off tops (kind of like cutting off the top of a pumpkin for carving). Scoop out all the insides and set aside in a small bowl. Arrange empty tomato shells in a glass baking dish filled with 1/2" of water. Chop tomato insides and throw away the seeds.
  • Finely chop zucchini and squash into 1/4" cubes
  • In a large frying pan add 2 tsp olive oil and garlic. After 5 minutes add the tomato insides, zucchini and squash. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Cook until the veggies are tender. Add the cooked brown rice into the mixture and heat through.
  • Stuff each tomato with the rice and veggie mixture and sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese!
  • Bake uncovered for 25 minutes then broil to allow cheese to melt

I hope you enjoy this recipe! I like to serve it with grilled chicken or fish!

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