Let me just say, this recipe looks beyond ridiculous. I can NOT wait to try it! As a part of Project: Color Wheel, Red Edition, we have a recipe using tomatoes–yum!
Tomatoes are considered a super food because of a phytochemical it contains called lycopene. I learned two interesting things about lycopene in one of the A&P classes I took in school. One, lycopene is released from the tomato by cooking with heat, which increases it’s absorption in the body. Two, it is fat-soluble which means that eating tomatoes with things like olive oils, cheese or nuts increases how much your body absorbes. How cool is that? I love food!
Now, on to this recipe we have from myrecipes.com for Shrimp and Rice Stuffed Tomatoes! The picture alone makes my mouth water!
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- 1 3/4 cups uncooked long-grain rice
- 4 large ripe tomatoes (about 3 pounds)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 cup hot water
Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Place 2 cups cooked rice in a large bowl; set aside. Refrigerate remaining rice in an airtight container for another use.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cut tops off tomatoes, and reserve. Carefully scoop out tomato pulp, leaving shells intact; reserve 1/2 cup pulp. Discard remaining pulp.
Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add reserved 1/2 cup tomato pulp; cook 5 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Add onion mixture, cheese, and next 5 ingredients (cheese through shrimp) to 2 cups rice.
Place tomato shells in an 8-inch square baking dish. Divide rice mixture evenly among tomato shells; replace tomato tops. Add hot water to baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until tomatoes are tender and rice mixture is thoroughly heated. Serve warm or chilled.
- Calories: 269 (19% from fat)
- Fat: 5.8g (sat 2.5g,mono 1.7g,poly 0.8g)
- Protein: 15.2g
- Carbohydrate: 40.4g
- Fiber: 4.2g
- Cholesterol: 77mg
- Iron: 3.5mg
- Sodium: 535mg
- Calcium: 136mg