Category Archives: Tomatoes

Guest Post: Spinach and Eggs Baked in Tomato Cups

Hey guys!  Just thought I’d let you know that I’m still on ‘vacation’ and enjoying every moment of it. 😉  
I miss you guys, though!  It’s weird not being on blogger every day!  Anyway, I’ll be back next week with pictures and recipes.  I promise!
Until then, I’m lucky to have a delicious guest post from Sheila.  If you haven’t visited her blog, you’re missing out.  Her photos are gorgeous and she always seems to pick the best recipes!  
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Hello everyone! My name is Sheila from Elements, and when Katie asked me if I would be a guest blogger, I was honored! I love all her tempting and mouth-watering recipes, and I always look forward to seeing the next thing she’s baking.
Anyway, I had a hard time deciding what to share with you today, but I finally decided on something that I think not only looks beautiful on your plate but also tastes great!
It’s a spinach and cheese mixture that’s stuffed inside a cored out tomato and baked with an egg on top.
Every bite is packed with flavor, and it’s a meal we certainly plan to enjoy again and again. 🙂

Spinach and Eggs Baked in Tomato Cups
Adapted from: Recipes from my Mom
Ingredients:
  • 5 large tomatoes
  • 5 large eggs
  • 8 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves
  • feta cheese
  • ricotta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely diced onions
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. pesto paste (I used Amore pesto paste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dried basil and oregano for sprinkling
  • Optional: 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers (add them if you end up making your filling a bit too leaky)
Instructions:
Step One:  Prepare the Spinach
  • Wash the spinach leaves, and then place them in a large pot with about 1 quart of water.
  • Cover with a lid, and cook on medium high heat until the spinach wilts.
  • Drain the water off the spinach, and then set the spinach aside so it can cool.
  • After the spinach cools, squeeze the excess water out of it.
Step Two:  Make the Filling
  • Mix some crumbled feta cheese, ricotta cheese, and Parmesan cheese into the spinach. We didn’t measure…just added a little of each.
  • Then stir in the pesto paste, nutmeg, and some salt in pepper.
  • Add some crushed saltine crackers to thicken up the mixture if needed. You want it to be creamy…not thin and watery.
Step Three:  Assembly
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease a glass baking dish with a little oil.
  • Horizontally cut the tops off the tomatoes, and then core out the centers. (Use the centers that you cored out for another meal.)
  • Place the tomatoes in the greased dish.
  • Add stuffing to the insides of the tomatoes, filling them up almost to the top, making sure to leave enough room at the top for the egg.
  • Crack an egg onto the top of each stuffed tomato.
  • Sprinkle some dried oregano and basil on the top of each each egg.
Step Four:  Bake the Tomatoes
  • Bake uncovered until the egg whites are firm.
  • Sprinkle with a little bit of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Serve warm.

Yumm, these look amazing Sheila.  Thank you!! 🙂

P.S. Yesterday was Kellen’s 21st birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to him! 

Barbecue Chicken Pizza



Wonderful Selina  has awarded me with the Sunshine Award!

I’m very excited about it.  Thanks so much Selina, you’re wonderful! 🙂


The rules for the Sunshine Award are: 
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
2. Tell us some things about yourself.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers and let them know you awarded them!

1.  Thanks, Selina! 2.  Hmm… I can’t sleep without a fan on, I have 4 animals (a dog and 3 kitties), I love summer, my favorite color is silver, I’m impatient, I can’t stand being late, I love to fish, reading is my alternate world, I plan to live in a small town when I settle down, I’m addicted to reading blogs, I wish blogging could be my career, and I didn’t know anything about food photography until a few months ago. 

3.  Like I said last time, I read so many of your blogs in a day, there’s no way I could name them all, and I would like to give it to ALL of you.  🙂



Remember the Chicken Taco Salad I made the other day from Just Tell Me What to Eat!? Well, they also have a recipe for Barbecue Chicken Pizza that is to die for.  If I didn’t sell you on buying the book the first time, I hope that the pictures of this pizza will, because it’s so worth it!  The book gives the recipe for every little detail including the dough and the barbeque sauce!


It’s amazing!!


Healthy Chicken Taco Salad

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Just Tell Me What to Eat!  I received the PDF file and was excited about that, but then I received the hard cover copy in the mail and cannot express how excited I was!

Needless to say, I started reading it and was surprised to find 8 whole weeks full of healthy meals.

The book isn’t one of those “lose weight fast” books, it’s one that tells you how to eat healthily.  The right way to lose weight.  I’m not looking to lose weight, but this book has taught me how to eat healthy.

The book just came out and it already has 5 stars on Amazon.

I’ve already tried 2 or 3 of the recipes and they’ve all been amazing!!!


You should buy this book even if you’re just looking for some good and healthy dinner recipes.

I’ll be posting them sporadically, but I’m not going to post the recipe.

This taco salad is so delicious.  It doesn’t taste healthy, and it’s chock-full of things that are good for you.  And it’s made with chicken instead of beef.  Buy the book.  Try it.  You won’t regret it. 🙂

Chicken Taco Salad