Tomatoes Stuffed with Ground Meat and Eggs

We love this recipe because its very versatile, as it works for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! You can multiply this recipe and control portions by weighing the protein in the tomato, and if you aren’t supposed to have eggs, they are easy to omit! Simply determine how much protein you want for each tomato account for 15-20 percent shrinkage after cooking. This recipe calls for bison and there is minimal shrinkage because of the low fat content, but there is still moisture or water that also shrinks your proteins after cooking.  This is especially delicious in the summertime when the tomatoes are plentiful, but you will want to use round tomatoes (heirlooms are especially tasty here) for this recipe, not Romas.  The nutritional contents below are for bison, but any ground meat would be delicious if you have something else on hand, and you can add other vegetables to the meat mixture for different flavors, or even rice if you need more carbohydrates! Like we said, this is great because it is so tasty, but can easily be changes to fit your taste preferences or whatever ingredients you have on hand!

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp olive oil
2 large round tomatoes
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
1 lb bison
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the top off the tomatoes and scoop out seeds using either a paring knife or a spoon. Place the tomatoes in the oven, covered with foil and bake for 5-7 minutes to soften tomatoes. Do not over cook they will become mushy, and you need them firm but soft to hold the ground meat.
While the tomatoes are baking, saute onion with oregano, salt, and pepper in the oil until onions are translucent. Add the bison, breaking the meat into small pieces with the back of a wooden spoon, and cook until slightly pink.  
Turn the oven to broil.  Spoon the meat into the tomato, pressing down as much as possible leaving the about 1/2 inch on top for the egg (or fill all the way if omitting egg). Crack the egg into each tomato and season with a little salt and pepper. Place the egg topped tomatoes under broiler until egg is just set, about 5 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts (1 serving = 6oz bison in tomato with an egg)- 265 calories, 4g carbs, 8.3g fat, 43.7g protein