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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stuffed Tomatoes

So - recipe time.

A friend of mine turned me on to this new 'diet' called The 4 Hour Body. The 4-Hour Body Diet was invented by writer Tim Ferriss. After 10 plus years of interviews and self-experimentation he came up with a fairly simple diet, which if you follow, should help you lose up to 20 pounds of fat in a month.

Honestly, I love the idea just for the fact of cutting carbs.  As we all know, I'm a vegetarian due to a wonky gall bladder and the fact that my body hates certain foods.  But, I'm willing to go back on chicken to try this diet and see how it makes my body feel.  I've also started a regimen of CalMax (Calcium Magnesium) for my arthritis and joint pain.

Basically the 4 Hour Body rules are as follows :


1  Don't eat white carbs. This means things that are white or could be white, like rice, bread, potatoes, tortillas and breaded fried food. Overall you are going to want to cut your simple carbohydrate intake to almost none.

2  Eat simple meals made up of lean proteins, beans and vegetables. No fruit is allowed on your dieting days. Ferriss also recommends eating something fermented everyday, like kimchee or sauerkraut.

3  Take one day off per week. This is your binge day and you can eat and drink whatever you want. Ferriss recommends this be on the same day every week and says it is not optional. Giving your body a boost of calories helps keep your metabolism high.

4  Drink one to two glasses of red wine a day if you choose to. Ferriss loves wine and has found that this does not hamper success on the diet



The first breakfast was stuffed tomatoes. I've made these plenty for breakfast and for dinner minus the eggs and they're wonderful!


Ingredients : 
(Remember where you are, Mommie Dawn's blog - I hardly ever go by measurements!)

Onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, fresh spinach, salt & pepper.

(I apologize in advance for the sucky photos. I prepared as much as I could the night before, finished it in the AM and trying to take pics at the same time - did not go well)

Cut the tops off tomatoes and scoop out insides.  I chopped the inside and used it in stuffing. 

Saute onions in a little oil.


Add chopped mushrooms 


( Didn't get to take a photo of the BEAUTIFUL fresh spinach the mister got me)
Add insides of tomatoes and fresh spinach. At this point, add salt and pepper to taste.


This is the easiest way to bake stuffed tomatoes 


The EASIEST way to scramble eggs!
(If you want to you can crack eggs over the top of the stuffing - but I wanted to completely fill
the tomatoes. 


Scrambed eggs in a bowl


Add the sauted veggies.  


Fill the tomatoes 


I cooked any leftover stuffing and used it as a bed to the tomato. 


Bake at 425 for 25 to 30 minutes. 


Voila! 


You want to make sure the eggs are completely cooked inside the tomatoes.  I served it with a little bit of picante sauce for flavor and punch.

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