Recipe of the Week | Stuffed Tomatoes with Avocado and Fresh Mozzarella

Stuffed Tomatoes with Avocado and Mozzarella | Photo Credit Randolph Graham

Avocados may be high in total fat but did you know they are low in saturated fat and are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid?

Now that you know, buy fresh California avocados and pair them with fresh grown tomatoes and marinated fresh Mozzarella. Perfect for a light lunch or as a salad alternative at dinner time.

Here’s my recipe for enjoying avocados, fresh Mozzarella and garden grown tomatoes.

 

Main Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados (peeled, pitted and cubed)

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

4 large tomatoes

8 ounces fresh Mozzarella cheese balls (cherry size)

4 slices wedges of fresh lemon

 

Marinade Ingredients:

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons grapeseed oil

grated zest of 1 lemon

15 basil leaves (chopped)

1 clove garlic (minced)

½ teaspoon sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

 

Directions:

Peel avocados and remove pits. Cut into ½-inch cubes and combine with lemon juice in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.

Cut a thin slice from the top of each tomato and gently squeeze the seeds out. Use a sharp paring knife to scoop out the remaining pulp. Reserve tomato pulp discarding any white core. Chop the pulp and add to the avocado mixture tossing well to combine. Set aside.

To prepare the marinade, scatter fennel seeds in a small frying pan. Heat on medium-heat until they begin to pop. Remove the seeds from the stove and transfer to a mortar and pestle. Add the oregano and crush roughly. Place this mixture in a bowl and add the balance of marinade ingredients (olive oil to black pepper). Mix in Mozzarella balls and allow to marinate for approximately 15 minutes at room temperature.

Combine avocado/tomato mixture with marinated Mozzarella balls.  Spoon equal portions of this mixture into each tomato. Serve with a lemon wedge on the side.

Tip: Serve at room temperature for best flavor.


Chef Randy’s latest book: Ojai Valley Quarantine Cookbook Now available on Amazon!

For additional recipes, see Chef Randy’s website at valley-vegetarian.com.


Chef Randy has been a vegetarian for over 40 years and eats local and organic grain, fresh fruit, and vegetables as much as possible. He is known locally as the “Healthy Chef.” His column, Chef Randy, is syndicated in California newspapers. See his website at Valley-Vegetarian.com for more recipes.

 


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