Frugal but Comforting Family Fare:
Stuffed Tomatoes with Herbs & Oats (Gluten Free)
This is an old family recipe, one that has been welcome on my table for many years and before that on my mum and grandmother’s table too…..a recipe that is comforting and yet frugal, a recipe that “pads” out the meat but is still big on the love…….a recipe that uses local seasonal ingredients, such as the tomatoes, onions and herbs and is egg free and gluten free…..it’s a great way to get your five-a-day incorporated in to a family meal too…..and, it’s my entry for The Care to Cook Challenge, which is being run and hosted by my lovely friend Vansether over at Bangers and Mash. Vanesther is also my Guest Host for Herbs on Saturday this July, and as this has a liberal dose of oregano in the stuffing , I am also adding it to Herbs on Saturday challenge too……as well as a few more challenges, as you will see at the end of my post!
Let’s talk about The Care to Cook challenge……for the last few years Vanesther has worked with a charity called TACT, which provides fostering and adoption services to help some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK. Their aim is to help these youngsters find loving homes and a fresh new start in life…….The concept of family is very important to TACT; providing a safe, stable and caring home environment is so crucial and it makes a massive difference in supporting children and young people who find themselves in the care system for all kinds of reasons. Young people need to feel valued, made to feel special and loved, and need to be listened to when they are ready to share.
One of the simplest ways to bring family together and welcome new people into our home is through food. Family meals all too often are something children in care have missed out on. Because the family meal is so important, TACT has launched its very own cook book called Care to Cook, packed full of delicious starters, mains and desserts kindly donated by TACT’s adopters, supporters and staff. To help raise awareness of Care to Cook, Vanesther at Bangers & Mash is calling on food bloggers and food lovers to submit their own favourite family recipes, and one lucky person will receive a copy of the cook book signed by TACT’s new celebrity patron, TV chef and best selling cookery writer Lorraine Pascale.
So, this is where my recipe comes in; it is a family favourite, a recipe that can be made ahead of time and can even be frozen at the stuffed and oven-ready stage…..it’s NOT expensive to make and it’s VERY family friendly, my daughter used to LOVE this meal when she was little, just as much as she does now that she is all grown up! My Stuffed Tomatoes with Herbs & Oats can be served with spuds, salad, bread, rice or pasta – the recipe can be increased to feed a crowd or for VERY hungry people too……it takes advantage of seasonal veggies and the oats adds extra health benefits….
The last time I made a batch of these last week, I had excess stuffing, so I also used an aubergine to stuff and bake alongside the tomatoes……the excess aubergine flesh was fried separately, to add the the existing mixture, and it was delectable. One large aubergine will feed two people for a light lunch with salad. I served my Stuffed Tomatoes with Herbs & Oats with a simple herb salad, using basil, which goes so well with tomatoes I think……
As I mentioned earlier in my post, this humble little recipe sits in rather well with a few more blogging challenges……..so here goes my list:
Another favourite event is the One Ingredient monthly challenge, which is hosted by Laura and Nazima on alternate months, and this month the ingredient is TOMATOES and Laura is hosting over at How to Cook Good Food…..
And here is the recipe!! Have a GREAT Tuesday and see you later on……..Karen.