Fresh Stuffed Tomatoes – or the day California Tomato Farmers saved the day!

Life has a twisted sense of humor sometimes…

You see, I was one of the lucky few that got selected by the fine folks over at California Tomato Farmers  to try their delicious fresh tomatoes and create an original recipe that would really showcase the freshness and tastiness of their beautiful field grown fruits

Of course, they provided me with a sample of their precious crop. The goods were to be shipped to me all the way from sunny California where they’d had a chance to grow under the hot California sun, an environment that is so very well suited to growing tomatoes.

The precious shipment was initially scheduled to get here early in July, but there had been some delay, so I got them mid-July instead. Just in time for that memorable week-end where, you might remember, I was stuck without power for a little over 45 hours after a major storm hit the entire province of Québec.

Great. Now that was JUST GREAT! Exactly what I needed.

How was I supposed to come up with a decent recipe when I barely had any food to cook with, no running water and had to open the fridge as little as possible if I was hoping to save the little bit of food that I had left in there? Thank goodness AT LEAST I have a gas range!

Initially, I figured I would wait it out and hopefully, the power would be back soon enough for me to work on this assignment.

But it seems like faith saw things differently. It soon became clear to me that I would have to make do with the situation and come up with some kind of idea as to how to make tomatoes shine under less than ideal life circumstances.

Since I had to use whatever food I had in the fridge (which really wasn’t much) I started making a mental list of what I had in there and came up with a plan!

Not just any plan… A brilliant plan.

And, you know what?

California Tomatoes might very well have ended up saving the day that day, after all!

For take a look at the delicious dinner I got to enjoy that night!

Stuffed Fresh Tomatoes | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

A few hard boiled eggs mashed together with a creamy ripe avocado, to which I added a few pieces of crumbled bacon. I stuffed all of that into some fresh tomatoes which I’d emptied out, garnished the whole thing with a few spears of asparagus, and I got dinner that was so fancy, you’d never guess that it was an “emergency meal”.

In fact, I think it would make a very suitable appetizer for a romantic dinner for two.

Mind you, maybe it’s the candlelight setting that I was forced to use that night that planted the idea into my mind… but still, you gotta admit this looks highly elegant and refined. Wouldn’t you be delighted if your loved one to served this to you as a prelude to a delightful romantic dinner for the two of you?

Stuffed Fresh Tomatoes | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Only seriously, this is so crazy easy to make, you’re probably gonna end up wanting to eat this all the time. Can you see what a fabulous breakfast this would be?

Simple, elegant, tasty and nutritious!

WIN!

Hey, who says you need to spend hours in the kitchen to come up with a fancy and delicious meal?

Nonsense. You don’t even need electricity.

All you need are a few California Tomatoes! ;)

Stuffed Fresh Tomatoes | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Now before you go, California Tomato Farmers  wants to give you a chance to win a cool serrated tomato knife and cutting board!

Want in on that?

Find out how at the end of this post…

Fresh Stuffed Tomatoes

Yield: Makes 3 stuffed tomatoes

NF based on 1 tomato

Fresh Stuffed Tomatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ripe medium California Tomatoes
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 4 slices pastured bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4" pieces
  • 6 asparagus tips, very lightly steamed and cooled
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut-off the very top of the tomatoes and scoop out the flesh and seeds, being careful not to pierce the skin. Sprinkle salt and pepper in the cavity and drizzle a little bit of olive oil. Reserve.
  2. In a heavy skillet set over medium heat, cook the bacon until nice and crispy. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess fat. Drain fat in a separate bowl, keeping about a tablespoon in the pan.
  3. Add the spinach to the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until wilted, about 30 seconds.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, add the avocado, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika and mash with a fork or potato masher until smooth and creamy.
  5. Add the hard boiled eggs and mix them in with the avocado mixture, using your fork or masher, until well incorporated. Stir in the bacon, but keep a few pieces to garnish your stuffed tomatoes.
  6. Distribute the spinach between the 3 tomatoes and pack lightly.
  7. Fill the rest of the cavity with the avocado egg mixture.
  8. Garnish with the asparagus tips and the remaining bacon bits.
  9. Serve immediately, candle lights optional!
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Stuffed Fresh Tomatoes | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Stuffed Fresh Tomatoes | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Stuffed Fresh Tomatoes | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Stuffed Fresh Tomatoes | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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Comments

  1. says

    That’s how you turn an emergency situation into a success: right on Sonia! And what a success, indeed. Is it possible to make tomatoes look more delicious than that? Don’t think so…
    Oh btw, I love how the asparagus make the tomatoes look like they have antlers or something. Super cool.

    • says

      Haha! I especially like the one where it looks like the asparagus tips are on fire…

      As for making tomatoes look delicious, I think you did a spectacular job with your Tomato Avocado Bunless Burgers! I was thinking pretty much the same thing when I saw that post. The tomatoes look so darn good that you kind of even forget about the meat. And to make one forget about the meat is no small feat, my dear! ;)

  2. says

    Great post! I think this would make a great packed lunch dish if you left out the asparagus (I can’t see myself carrying tomatoes with asparagus sticking out of them in a backpack on the bus!)….

    BTW your link to the tomato farmers does not work….

    And I did blog about it… see here http://salixisme.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/a-fantastic-tomato-recipe-and-a-give-away/

    As for my fave tomato recipe – I fill hollowed out tomatoes with either tuna salad, chicken salad or egg salad… they are great for packed lunches for the kids for school and me for work…

    • says

      LOL! I totally agree that the asparagus would have to be carried “on the side”…

      LOVE the idea of stuffing the tomatoes with tuna or chicken salad. Will definitely be giving this a try. I’m thinking smoked salmon and eggs would be spectacular, too! Thanks for the inspiration!

      p.s. I’ve been sent a new link to replace the old one, so all should be working now. Thanks for notifying me!

  3. Karen says

    For a nice simple sandwich , grill some garlic naan bread until crispy, spread on some cream cheese then top with sliced tomatoes. Simple and tasty.

  4. says

    What a great recipe, and I love the addition of the smoked paprika, what a great secret ingredient to this dish. Absolutely love tomatoes and avocado so this is one that will end up on our plates shortly.

  5. says

    Love the look of this recipe! I’ve been wanting to try stuffed tomatoes for a really long time, but a lot of the recipes I’ve seen all include ground beef or sausage, which I’m not a huge fan of…will definitely be bookmarking this one, thanks!

  6. says

    Since tomatoes are in season, I would make a beautiful caprese salad featuring heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese! Of course, you can’t forget the basil, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil :)

  7. says

    That looks awesome Sonia. Funny enough Tom made his first whole30 dinner this week too. I was just not in the mood to cook so he stepped up and made me beautiful stuffed tomatoes! I was entirely impressed with his effort and these look really good too… I’m gonna show it to him and hint that it might be good for next time too…:)

  8. Susan says

    What a great idea for using tomatoes. Actually, based on the nutrition information, this would make a beautiful light lunch for me. If I were going to make a recipe with tomatoes, this would be it. This recipe sounds like it really showcases all the ingredients, plus it looks really pretty. I think that the power failure, despite the hardship you had to go through, was a blessing in disguise. :-)

  9. nannypanpan says

  10. Mari says

    I like to make tomato watermelon sorbet, it sounds odd, but it’s a refreshing treat in the summer.
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  11. Michelle Hudak says

    I’d make Caramelized Onion, Green Bean, and Cherry Tomato Tian which uses fresh cherry tomatoes

  12. Kerry says

    I personally only like cooked tomatoes. But my hubby loves it when I make BLT’s with fresh tomatoes from my parent’s garden.

  13. says

    I just love this recipe. You really outdid yourself. My hubby would go crazy for this.

    I was making tomato recipes for weeks with all the tomatoes they sent. It was such a riot. I don’t think I’ve ever had that many tomatoes at one time.

  14. Heather says

    One of my favorite recipes with fresh tomatoes is a middle eastern salad. It has been a family favorite for years. A nice side of lentils and rice makes the meal complete.

  15. Nicole Millheim says

    I love the stuffed tomato recipe. I have never tried it like this. I am definitely gonna try it. or maybe add some crab in too ..so yummy

  16. heather says

    i’d like to make this recipe it is so creative and it looks beautiful really great for a dinnter party. I love fresh tomatoes on just about everything.

  17. Angela Ash says

    I love using fresh tomatoes. We have tons of different types growing in our garden. We use them for so many different things. It may seem basic but my favorite almost daily way I use them are for mater sandwiches. I spread a little mayo on cold bread then slap on the tomatoes. I like pickles & kettle chips on the side with it. Sometimes I’ll make a grilled cheese & put tomato on it. Simple but very quick & delicious.

  18. Brittney House says

    I would like to make homemade salsa or put them in a salad. I would make it myself for my family.

  19. Lorrie Rodgers (pinklady705) says

    I would make either a BLT or a taco salad. I love tomatoes on a BLT and tomatoes with avocado in a taco salad.

  20. Laurie Emerson says

    I make stuffed peppers and fill them with beautiful plump tomatoes out of our garden. They give the stuffed peppers so much more flavor and I love the deep red of the fresh tomatoes.

  21. Lisa V. says

    My favorite dish to make with tomatoes has to be one that goes with one of my favorite foods….bacon. A good old bacon and tomato sandwich…easy and tasty.

  22. Vicki D. says

    I like to make homemade sausage pizza with Alfredo sauce and fresh tomato slices on top. It’s delicious!

  23. Heather says

    I would make Macaroni Salad with fresh tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, fresh peppers, and fresh onions straight from our garden.

  24. Tabathia B says

    I love tomatoes in a BLTwith mayo and I get my kids to eat them by adding them to salads

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  25. JoAnn F. says

    I like making a tomato salad with oil, vinegar some onion and Italian spices.
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  26. Betty C says

    I’ve always loved tomatoes stuffed with tuna or chicken salad. Now I’m going to have to try the egg and avocado. It looks and sound delicious.

  27. Margot C says

    I love, love, love to stuff tomatoes; I often use quinoa or brown rice with left over roasted vegetables. What I can’t achieve is the ‘left over bacon’ to put in there – everyone eats it all!

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