Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes
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This Stuffed Tomatoes recipe is excerpted from Gena Hamshaw’s new cookbook, The Vegan Week. Gena Hamshaw is a registered dietitian nutritionist, recipe developer, and the author of Food 52 Vegan (2017) and Power Plates (2018). She shares vegan recipes on her blog, The Full Helping, which she has written since 2009. Gena lives in New York City. If she’s not working, cooking, or baking, then she’s probably on her yoga mat.

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This Stuffed Tomatoes recipe takes the simplicity of beefsteak tomatoes and elevates them into a gourmet delight. Hollowed out and filled with a mouthwatering blend of orzo and marinated Tofu Feta, these tomatoes are baked to perfection, resulting in a harmonious fusion of flavors. Whether you’re seeking a satisfying meal for the day or a convenient make-ahead option for the week, this dish promises to impress your taste buds and elevate your dining experience.

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How To Make This Stuffed Tomatoes

Step 1: Tomato Preparation and Oven Preheating

Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C and lightly oil a 9 by 13-inch/ 24 by 36cm baking dish.

To prepare the tomatoes, slice the top 3 inches / 7.5cm off the tops of the tomatoes. Use a paring knife to cut around the center of a tomato, about 1⁄2 inch / 1.3cm from the edge. Using a spoon, gently scoop out the flesh. You should be left with a hollowed-out tomato that has about 1⁄2 inch / 1.3cm of flesh lining the skin on all sides. Use a tea towel to pat the inside of the tomato. Repeat with the remaining tomatoes and arrange them, cut sides up, in the prepared baking dish, and set aside. Discard the tomato flesh or reserve it for another use, such as making bruschetta or homemade tomato water for cocktails.

Step 2: Creating the Flavorful Orzo Filling

Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until the shallots are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the orzo, then pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the orzo is tender and the broth has been almost entirely absorbed for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

Fold the Tofu Feta and its marinade into the orzo. The Tofu Feta will break up a bit, and the orzo will soak up the marinade—that’s the idea!

Step 3: Finishing and Serving the Stuffed Tomatoes

Scoop the orzo mixture into the tomatoes in the baking dish. Lightly cover the tomatoes with aluminum foil and bake until the pan is full of juices, about 45 minutes. Uncover the tomatoes and bake until the tomatoes are tender and the orzo is crisping on top, about 15 minutes more.

Serve right away, or meal prep for the week by transferring the tomatoes to a single airtight container or portioning them into individual containers. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 weeks.

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Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Orzo Stuffed Tomatoes

5 from 3 votes
Prepare today this Orzo Stuffed Tomatoes. A mouthwatering recipe where beefsteak tomatoes are transformed into savory vessels filled with a delectable mixture of orzo and marinated Tofu Feta. Baked to perfection, this dish offers a delightful combination of flavors and is perfect for both immediate enjoyment and convenient meal prep for the week ahead.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Author: Gena Hamshaw
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 beefsteak tomatoes
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large shallots finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup / 225g orzo
  • 2 3/4 cups / 650ml vegetable broth
  • TK cups / TKg Tofu Feta

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C and lightly oil a 9 by 13-inch/ 24 by 36cm baking dish.
  • To prepare the tomatoes, slice the top 3 inches / 7.5cm off the tops of the tomatoes. Use a paring knife to cut around the center of a tomato, about 1⁄2 inch / 1.3cm from the edge. Using a spoon, gently scoop out the flesh. You should be left with a hollowed-out tomato that has about 1⁄2 inch / 1.3cm of flesh lining the skin on all sides. Use a tea towel to pat the inside of the tomato. Repeat with the remaining tomatoes and arrange them, cut sides up, in the prepared baking dish and set aside. Discard the tomato flesh or reserve for another use, such as making bruschetta or homemade tomato water for cocktails.
  • Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until the shallots are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the orzo, then pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the orzo is tender and the broth has been almost entirely absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Fold the Tofu Feta and its marinade into the orzo. The Tofu Feta will break up a bit, and the orzo will soak up the marinade—that’s the idea!
  • Scoop the orzo mixture into the tomatoes in the baking dish. Lightly cover the tomatoes with aluminum foil and bake until the pan is full of juices, about 45 minutes. Uncover the tomatoes and bake until the tomatoes are tender and the orzo is crisping on top, about 15 minutes more.
  • Serve right away, or meal prep for the week by transferring the tomatoes to a single airtight container or portioning them into individual containers. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 weeks

Notes

Prepare the Tofu Feta one day before cooking the stuffed tomatoes and allow it to marinate overnight.
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Reprinted with permission from The Vegan Week by Gena Hamshaw, copyright (c) 2022. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Click here to purchase a copy of the book. 

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About the Cookbook

The Vegan Week, Ten Speed Press, 2022

When life gets busy, meal prep is the fix that enables you to have flavorful, nourishing meals all week long. Embrace the joy of eating homemade food every day with the hearty and wholesome recipes in The Vegan Week.

The book makes it simple for you to put a weekday meal together in minutes. With its well-rounded make-ahead dishes and pantry staples, it provides delicious food and nutritional balance for busy folks who love to eat well. Whether you have three, two, or even just one hour of time to spare, The Vegan Week will show you how to batch cook varied, colorful, and comforting dishes over the weekend. No matter how hectic life becomes, this roadmap to preparing and savoring vegan food regularly will set you up for a fulfilling week ahead.

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