Stuffed Tomatoes

Sorry it's been a couple of weeks. I was at the Olympics which made it a little hard to cook. I recently went to a potluck and made these for it. They seemed to go over pretty well, so I thought I would make them this week's recipe.

The good thing is, you can really sub so many different things in. Get creative!


Stores with Ingredients on Sale:
Shoppers- Bacon
Giant- Onions, bacon, Value 4 pack of tomatoes, neufchatel cheese
Safeway/ Vons/ Pavilions- Tomatoes, Hormel bacon
Harris Teeter- Tomatoes, bacon, breadcrumbs
Tops- Sugardale bacon, cream cheese, breadcrumbs, tomatoes
Food Lion- Bacon, tomatoes, frozen spinach
Giant Eagle- Frozen spinach, bacon, tomatoes
Ralphs- Onions, bacon
Albertsons- Cream cheese, frozen spinach, onions, tomatoes

Coupons: Save $.60 on 3 Green Giant frozen boxed vegetables

Cost: $8 which will make 8 tomatoes (16 halves) which is more then enough for left overs

Quick tips: If you want a more substantial filling add a grain in there like rice or Bulgar wheat.

Dietary Classifications: Gluten free (don't use breadcrumbs), Vegetarian (don't use bacon)

Ingredients

8 Tomatoes
1 package Frozen Spinach
1 small Onion diced
2 cloves of Garlic minced
6 slices of Bacon chopped
6 oz Neufchatel cheese or Cream cheese
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Breadcrumbs
Salt
Pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Thaw the spinach in the microwave and squeeze all of the water out of it. This can be done by hand or by putting it in a clean kitchen towel and ringing it out. But all of the tomatoes in half and clean out the "meat" from the inside. Place them in a baking dish.

Put the bacon in a skillet and turn on medium-high heat. Brown the bacon and then remove for the pan and drain on a paper towel. By starting the bacon in a cold pan it will help if cook more evenly. Drain most of the fat out of the pan but leave a small amount in. Or if you want to use a healthier fat drain it all out and put a small amount of olive oil in the pan. Add onions and saute for about 3 min, then add the garlic and saute for another 2 min. Add the spinach and nutmeg to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Next add the neufchatel cheese. Let the cheese melt and mix it all together. Once combined, turn the heat off and stir the bacon in.

Fill all of the tomatoes with the mixture and top with the breadcrumbs. Put in the oven and bake for about 20 mins. If you want the breadcrumbs to brown more you can turn the broiler on and place the tomatoes under it for just a min or two.