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Healthy Recipe of the Week: Stuffed Tomatoes with Mozzarella

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This dish looks like Fall and tastes like the Autumn comfort food you crave. Stuffed tomatoes with Mozzarella is creamy, warm, and very low in calories.

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Shopping List:

4 Organic Tomatoes (the bigger the better)

Brown Rice (see below for rice shopping 101)

Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (a log or a ball with do)

Organic Spinach

Directions:

Begin by washing and drying the tomatoes. Cut off the tops so you have a fairly good size hole that you can fit a spoon into. Scoop out more than 50% of the inside. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the tomatoes are oozing juice and the skin is all wrinkled. About thirty to forty minutes.

While the tomatoes are cooking prepare the brown rice. Cook per directions and add salt and pepper to taste. (If you are slow cooking the brown rice try adding some olive oil or cook with vegetable broth in place of water for extra taste and creaminess).

When tomatoes have cooled enough so that you can handle them, fill the inside with brown rice. This should be approximately a half serving depending on your brand of rice.

Cut your fresh mozzarella cheese into thing strips or small pieces and cover the rice (which should be over flowing just a little).

Pop back in the oven just until the cheese is melted. Keep in a little longer if you prefer the cheese browned and turn the oven up to 410 degrees. For this dish I prefer the cheese "just melted". I think it looks better and adds a creaminess to the rice and tomatoes.

Wash and dry your spinach. Sprinkle with fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste (I like to use lemon pepper). Lay down a handful or more of spinach on the plate and place stuffed tomato on top. Two tomatoes is considered a serving. That would give you a whole serving of rice, vegetables and cheese. If you are serving along side a protein one is enough per person.

Eat & Enjoy!



Rice Shopping 101

*Just a note about choosing a rice. Always remember to choose a brown rice, 100% whole grain is best. Many prepackaged rice brands have MSG, an ingredient you want to avoid. In the past I have used Uncle Bens 90 Second Microwavable rice bags. Trader Joe's also has some good pre-cooked and quick cooking choices. It is better to make your own and if you can buy brown rice in a bag that is best. The only ingredient will be brown rice. If you are short on time in the kitchen, spend the time at the grocery store to find a quick cooking brown rice with as few ingredients as possible. No gluten, no MSG, no added sugar. Check back for a Rice 101 article coming soon.

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