So I used the following ingredients:
- 12 average tomatoes
- 1 cup white rice (
but I'm sure brown would work greatbrown rice would not work, because it requires significantly longer cooking, and that would make tomatoes fall apart...unless you pre-cook it before stuffing tomatoes)
- 1 sweet green pepper
- 1 large carrot, peeled
- a generous bunch of parsley
- 1 package of fresh oyster mushrooms (button mushrooms would work fine as well)
- 1 cup red lentils
- 1/2 large yellow onion
- 2 large garlic cloves
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- bay leaf
Carefully slice off the top of the tomatoes, then empty the tomatoes, leaving only empty shells and caps.
Put tomato pulp into a large bowl, add rice, then all other ingredients (chopped - I used food processor), mix very well.
In a large skillet pour oil, then stuff every tomato shell with the mix and place into the skillet.
After all of the tomatoes are nicely organized in the skillet, cover each one with a cap.
Add bay leaf and about 1/2 cup of water. Cook on low setting for about 20-25 minutes until rice is ready. Cover with lid, cool and enjoy!
* Note: optionally, you could lightly sautee the mushrooms, garlic and onion before adding to the mix, and then add in rice to coat it with oil (that would make everything even more yum), but I went with a healthier (and lazier!) way this time.
The tomatoes ended up a bit shapeless due to too much water added, but although not as attractive as I meant them to be, were still extremely tasty :)