Vine Ripened Stuffed Tomatoes

We have been told by the Other Half's heart doctor that the weight must come off.  While our Ornish Diet for heart disease reversal has lowered the cholesterol to 109, the weight has actually gone up by  20 pounds.  Everyone wonders how a person gains on a Vegetarian style diet.  Easily especially if they cheat on Gum Drops. However the cooking is also part of it.  While the Other Half has gained.  I  have lost.  We aren't in the triple digits of weight loss but we are darn close.

As part of the excitement our stove has died.  While I know that appliances are made only to last 5 years, dying in the middle of a pot of pasta does not endear me to any of them.  So it has been replaced by the microwave, a pair of hot plates made to last and to cook meals on, a toaster oven and I figure with the assorted steamers, grills and other goodies, I can manage quite nicely this summer.  So far it hasn't hurt at all and I have noticed a large difference in tempature.  Let's face it who has ever heard of sweating over a toaster oven?  The latest bout of 98 degree weather has made me grateful I had no stove.

In this I am now experimenting with the new methods of cooking.  Corn is crisper and more flavorful and much easier to cook.  It is so simply to toss two ears in the microwave, husk and all and nuke for 5 minutes on high.  No dragging a pot of water and no fuss.  It can cook while you are eating the first course.

Today I had to use up some Glorious Vine Ripe Tomatoes.  Deep read and rich they would have been bad by tomorrow.  I went looking for a recipe but none seem to fit. Feta stuffed tomatoes sounded good but so did the Mexican stuffed tomatoes.  Then I found one that seemed interesting Raisin Stuffed tomatoes  but it wouldn't fit our diet so I decided to use it as a base to get creative.

Boca Raisin Stuffed Tomatoes for 2

2 large vine ripe tomatoes, split horizontal
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 package of Boca Hamburger subsitute [3 packages to a box]
10 no salt seseame crackers crumbled [or more to taste]
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Original Blend
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Table Top blend
1/8 cup of grated Mozzerella cheese
3 to 4 tbsp raisins
fresh ground pepper
2 slices of fat free cheese, American
French Dressing

Slice the tomatoes in half  and carefully scoop out the flesh in the center.  Place it in a bowl.

Mince your garlic cloves.  Add to the tomato.

Crush your sesame crackers. Add the Mrs. Dash Original.  Mix in. 

Heat the Boca Hamburger in the Microwave for 2 minutes on high [800] or heat on stove until hot.  Add to the Tomatoe along with the mozzerella cheese.  Mix.  Sprinkle the Mrs Dash Table top on top.  use several twists of fresh ground pepper [to taste]

Bake in the Toaster oven in a glass dish for 15 minutes covered at 375F.  Remove and place a drizzle of french dressing on top and add 1/2 slice of American cheese to the top.  Melt.

Serve hot with a side of fresh steamed herbal rice or surrounded by a redleaf lettuce salad.


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