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Baked Tomato Parmesan

Baked Tomato Parmesan

 This is a most simple and easy recipe for baked tomato parmesan. Makes a beautiful looking side dish for company yet great for weeknights too. Both kids and adults love these. Give it a try and taste the deliciousness! 

I remember a similar recipe my mom used to make years and years ago.

My dad loved this recipe so she would make it very often.

She started to make this recipe when she joined Weight Watchers back in the late seventies. 1979 to be exact. 

She would come home from her meetings with these unusual dishes, well as a child they seemed unusual.

Being in the seventies the recipes seemed so “different” yet, looking back at it now, they were very simple compared to nowadays.

  Many years later I was going through all her old recipes and I came across this one. It brought back so happy memories since my mom would let me season the tomatoes.

It was written on a little piece of yellow notepad paper. The top said “Ruthie” That was my mom’s name.

She always had notepads in the house those days. There were no cell phones to easily copy or save a recipe so everything was done on paper. 

I have saved every one of her recipes and I have shared a few on my blog over the years.

The one that is so luscious and very popular is her pistachio ambrosia.

When I put it on my blog, it was renamed to

Old Fashioned Pistachio Ambrosia Lush. 

Well, it’s old fashioned, from the seventies and it’s totally luscious. Click the link to see and the easy recipe.

Getting back to this recipe, her original recipe did not have any cheese. Only spices. Oregano, salt and pepper. That’s it. She broiled the tomatoes and they got nice and charred.

Knowing my family’s tastes I added a few other ingredients along with  small amounts of parmesan and mozzarella cheese which really makes all the difference without adding a lot of calories and fat. Defiantly low carb too.

Note: When I made this recently I took new photos and added lots more cheese. It does look great with all that cheese. LOL! 

Check out the nutritional content to see how low in calories and carbs these tasty tomatoes are.

I remember always thinking this was so fancy and tasted so good and that was when I was a child.

Meals should look appetizing…

My mom believed in making healthy foods look and taste delicious. Even her snacks were presented beautifully.

I try to follow my mom in making our meals and snacks look and of course taste delicious. 

Here is my version of my mom Ruthie’s recipe. It was great then and still is today!

 

 

Baked Tomato Parmesan

Yields: 4 servings

Nutrition: (made with ingredients below and without pignoli nuts) calories 95, fat 7.6 g, sat fat 2.1 g, carbs 3.7 g, sugars 0.4 g, fiber 0.8 g, protein 3.7 g

WW Smart Points: 3 – WW Points Plus: 3 – WW Personal Points: 3

 

What you’ll need to make these delicious baked tomato parmesan…

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium to large tomatoes
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, to be drizzled over each half
  • 4 tablespoons mozzarella cheese, 1 tablespoon per half (For WW Points above, I used fat free)
  • 8 teaspoons parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoon per tomato half
  • dash kosher or sea salt on each tomato half
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  •  dried oregano and basil (This is the brand I love for best taste) about 1/4 teaspoon on each tomato half or to taste
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons tomato sauce, homemade or store bought, use a good quality for best taste, I used Rao’s Pizza Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons pine nuts, divided between the tomato halves, this is optional for garnish and crunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to make this simple and easy recipe…

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Rinse tomatoes and dry completely. Slice in half. Make a very small slice on the bottom of each tomato so they can sit without
    rolling over.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over each tomato. Sprinkle on salt, pepper and spices. Spoon on the tomato sauce then top with both cheeses.
  4. Place on a cookie sheet that is lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Bake for about 15- 20 minutes until the cheeses are melted but not burnt and the tomato has softened.
  6. If using pine nuts, add top of tomato the last 5 minutes of baking. Enjoy! 

 

 

Print and copy recipe below

Baked Tomato Parmesan

Baked Tomato Parmesan - This simple recipe is so delicious. The perfect healthy side dish. Looks beautiful too. Bake some tomatoes up this way and taste the deliciousness!
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword baked tomatoes, parmesan, Tomatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 95 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 medium to large tomatoes
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tsp mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • dash sea or kosher salt
  • dash ground black pepper
  • fresh or dried oregano and basil , about 1/2 tsp
  • 6 tbsp tomato sauce, homemade or store bought, use a good quality for best taste
  • 2 tsp pine nuts, divided, this is optional for garnish and crunch

Instructions

  1. 1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees

    2.Rinse tomato and dry completely. Slice in half. Make a very small slice on the bottom of each tomato so they can sit without

    rolling over.

    3.Sprinkle on salt, pepper and spices. Spoon on the tomato sauce then top with both cheeses.

    4.Place on a cookie sheet that is lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.

    5.Bake for about 15- 20 minutes until the cheeses are melted but not burnt and the tomato has softened.

    6 If using the pin nuts, add on top of tomato the last 5 minutes of baking. Enjoy!

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