Greek Yogurt Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes

Let’s talk food, shall we?

Like, we don’t already do this every day anyways, but whatever.  Specifically party food!  It’s summer, so I’m on a bit of a party kick!  As you may have already seen here.  You know what I love?  A quick and easy appetizer.

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Every good party needs food.   A party at my house?  Needs lots of food!  Heck, my house needs a lot of food pretty much 24/7, so you can imagine how that multiplies when people are over!  “What?  I have to share!?!?  Well, we’ll need a lot more then!”  When I put together a menu for a party, I consider a few things,

  • Variety- some hot, some cold, some vegetarian, some not so vegetarian (Read: Bacon!) you get the idea!
  • Ease of execution- sounds fancy, but basically, can I whip these up in a flash?  Also, can they be made ahead of time?
  • Are the options relatively healthy?  I try.  Most of the time anyways.
  • Easy to eat.  This is not the time for knives and forks and napkins and bibs.  Ok, well maybe napkins, but that’s pretty much it!  Party food should be easy to enjoy.  This will also encourage your guests to take more.  If it looks difficult or complicated, they’ll often pass.

These little bites totally fit the bill!  They’re cold, vegetarian (unless you go and add bacon, which would be a totally awesome idea!) they’re super easy to make, and a lot of it can be made a head of time!  Oh and most importantly (??) they’re really like, umm, good for you!  So whip these up and dig in.  If you’re having people, make sure to make about 3,000.

1 for you.  2,999 for me. yup.

20140110_163213Before you start, you first need the greek yogurt cheese from here.  This recipe takes about a day to make, so you’ll need to plan accordingly.  If for some reason you don’t have the time to make the greek yogurt cheese, low fat cream cheese, or ricotta will work in a pinch!

Greek Yogurt Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes
 
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Greek Yogurt Cheese- you need about 1 tsp per tomato, ¼ cup cheese will make 12 whole tomatoes, 24 halves.
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • Cherry Tomatoes- round cherry ones, the grape ones don't quite work as well
Instructions
  1. Mix garlic and dried basil into greek yogurt cheese
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and scoop out inside juice and meat
  3. Fill each half with approx ½ tsp cheese mixture, you may need more or less depending on size of tomato
Notes
Really you can add any seasoning flavor combo, garlic and basil happen to be my favorite. Onion powder, chives, black pepper, you name it would also be great additions! If you have fresh herbs, that's also great!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 halves Calories: 15

So each tomato half has approx 2.5 calories.

Ummm…. does that even count?  Enjoy!  Guiltlessly! (I don’t think that’s a word)

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