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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Healthy Living: Stuffed Tomatoes to Complement Your Dish



You can eat right without losing the taste. Eating healthy sometimes requires adjusting our taste buds to food of higher nutritional value. Stuffed tomatoes is an excellent recipe that is full of nutrients that support your fitness goals, doesn’t require much time, and holds its natural tastes.

If you’re looking to make a simple side dish to complement your rice or sit in sizzle with your steak consider stuffed tomatoes. It is a low calorie option that doesn’t take much effort to prepare and complements a wide variety of pallets. This is a helpful recipe that improves on just about any dish you are planning to serve.  

It is beneficial to incorporate a healthy amount of tomato into your diet. Research has shown that the tomato protects against cardiovascular disease, ultraviolet light, osteoporosis, and cognitive dysfunction (Burton-Freeman & Reimers, 2011). It also acts like an antioxidant that removes harmful pollutants from the body. 

182 calories

Directions:

-Cut tops off of tomatoes and scoop out pulp.
-Use blender to chop olives, carrot, garlic clove, oregano and vegetable broth.
-Place pulp mix in frying pan and sauté with wine or vegetable broth. Cook a couple of minutes until tender. Let cool for a couple minutes.
-Mix in bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and basil.
-Stuff each tomato with the pulp mixture and replace tops.
-Put stuffed tomatoes in greased baking dish. Cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 

Ingredients:

-         4 tomatoes
-         1 carrot
-         1 stick celery
-         1 onion
-         1 garlic clove or salt
-         Oregano
-         2 tsp olive oil
-         1 tbsp white win or vegetable broth
-         2/3 cup bread crumbs or healthier alternatives.
-         4table spoon parmesan cheese.
-         Basil 

Burton-freeman, B. & Reimers, K. (2011). Tomato consumption and health: emerging benefits. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 5 (2).

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