As the youngest of 7, I was still at home and got to help Mom in the kitchen over a 5 year span, as she re-created every recipe she knew and had collected, for her cookbook. She needed to write the measurements (she never measured when she cooked). Most of my siblings were married and away, except for my sister #4 and me. So we were her tag team. We have all been blessed with Mom's love of cooking. My brothers are amazing chefs too.
In this photograph, she's making Middle Eastern couscous (mograbiyeh) from scratch, I mean the actual ingredient, not the dish. It starts with a handful of bulgur wheat, flour and water, and a lot of patience as you spray the wheat, add flour swirl the grains around until coated and not stuck to each other, spray with water, add more flour...etc.. until the couscous are the size you want them to be!
Years ago, when I stayed with my #3 sister in Virgina during summer breaks from college...we cooked dinner for the family together. We had gourmet nights, take out the Grill nights, and Eating on the Mediterranean nights.
One of the tomato side dishes I fell in love with was this recipe for Baked Tomatoes. I have modified it to fit in with our Anti-Cancer diet... but it's just as delicious. I call these Saucers because I use beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes, and they're huge!
If you have a Baked or Grilled Tomato recipe, do share!
Baked Tomato Saucers
- 2 large ripe organic Tomatoes, sliced 1/3" thick (about 5 -6 rounds each)
- 3 c. Whole Wheat or Gluten Free Bread crumbs (tear bread into tiny pieces)
- 1/2 c. organic Parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp. fresh Thyme leaves, minced
- 1 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 packet Stevia or 1 tsp. Xylitol
- 1/4 c. Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 c. shredded Almond or Rice Cheese (if you are eating dairy, use 3/4 c. Parmesan Cheese)
Preheat oven to 325º F (165º C).
Place tomatoes on large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Divide bread mixture evenly among the tomatoes, pressing down a little.
Place in middle of oven and bake for 35 - 40 minutes, or until tops are crisp and tomatoes are soft.
Excellent with grilled meats... choose organic chicken, wild caught fish, or a 3 oz. serving of grass-fed lamb or beef.
~ Bon Apetit! ♥