Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

Getting kids into the kitchen to prepare a weekend breakfast is perfect time for sharing quality time. Age-appropriate tasks not only help divide the workload in the kitchen but also give kids a chance to take pride in their accomplishments. Kids often enjoy the food more if they are involved in the making of it. Working side by side lets adults keep a watchful eye without hovering.

Below are samples of age-appropriate tasks that kids can involve in making a healthy breakfast:

Young hands:

  • placing cut fruits into juicer for juicing fruit
  • setting the table
  • flaking fish for Smoked Fish Hash
  • pressing blender buttons
  • whisking eggs together for scrambled eggs

School-age:

  • measuring ingredients
  • cracking eggs into a small bowl before adding in case some shells slip in
  • whisking, stirring, mixing, folding
  • mashing butter for Baked Stuffed Tomatoes and stuffing them

Teenagers:

  • cooking with some minor assistance with a nearby adult at hand for support and to answer any questions

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This easy side dish makes a nice addition to many breakfasts, such as scrambled eggs and Smoke Fish Hash. If you like, use small tomatoes cut in half.

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe tomatoes (about 3 pounds/1.5 kg)
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) butter, softened
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) chopped fresh parsley
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch of each salt and pepper
  • 1 cup (250 ml) fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs

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Instructions

Baked-Stuffed-Tomatoes-2-300x200Preheat oven to 425F (220C).

Cut the tomatoes into halves; scoop out about 1 tablespoon of the flesh from each.

Baked-Stuffed-Tomatoes-3-300x200In a small bowl, combine butter, bread crumbs, garlic, chopped parsley, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt and pepper and mix well.
Baked-Stuffed-Tomatoes-4-300x200Fill the hollow out tomatoes with the bread crumbs mixture.  Arrange stuffed tomatoes in a 8-inch (2L) square glass baking dish.

Bake in a preheated 425F (220C) for 25 to 30 minutes or until the tomatoes are softened and the bread crumbs are golden.

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