My husband recently met with a nutritionist to discuss a wide range of challenges he’s been having with regard to nutrition – everything from sleep issues, to acid levels, all the way to actual nutrient intake. When we started our Paleo journey, it was clear that we were severely nutrient deficient in a number of areas, but we’ve made a great deal of improvement in the last year. That improvement has given us the opportunity to look even closer at the way our bodies process the foods we eat and what we can do differently to lead happier, healthier lives.
Victoria Ritchie, NTP, had some great insights for him, including discussing his acidity level and need to increase potassium and salt in his diet. One of the best ways to do this was through avocados. He was stoked to hear that, considering it may be his all-time favorite food.
We are always trying to find ways to eat more avocados, or even better, guacamole. These little stuffed tomatoes can really be filled with anything – I just love a reason to eat more guac. It’s best to try these during tomato season (that would be in the summer for most people), but cherry tomatoes are available in supermarkets year-round. Just be aware that they’ve probably been in cold storage and won’t be as delicious as their sunshine-filled friends in July.
It’s pretty easy to core the tomatoes, just make sure you have a sharp paring knife. Also, to ensure they don’t roll around on your serving plate, slice a small flat spot on the bottom of each to give the tomato a solid foundation on which to sit.
Yield: about 30 half-tomatoes
1 pint container cherry tomatoes, ripe
1/2 cup Paleo guacamole
1 slice cooked bacon, crispy
1. Slice each tomato in half around its equator (the fattest part). Slice off a small amount on what will be the bottom side of each half, allowing it to sit flatly on a plate without rolling around.
2. Remove the seeds and extra flesh from the middle of each tomato half, discarding what you remove.
3. Fill each tomato half with about a teaspoon of guacamole. Depending on the size of your tomatoes, the amount will vary.
4. Break up the crispy, cooked bacon into small pieces to use for garnish. Top each mound of guacamole with a piece of bacon.
5. Store under refrigeration and serve immediately. The guacamole will start to brown after a couple of hours of exposure to oxygen.