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Lighter Tomato Pie

Lighter Tomato PieTomato Pie is a perfect light dinner for summertime.  If you’ve got a few nice fresh tomatoes that you don’t know what to do with, give this delicious tomato pie recipe a try.  As you can see, before I could even get around to taking a picture, a couple slices had mysteriously disappeared.  This is a lighter version than the Paula Deen tomato pie, which I found to be delicious, but also very heavy and greasy.  Give this lighter tomato pie recipe a try and enjoy the fresh tomatoes of summer.


4 medium tomatoes
8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
4 oz sliced prosciutto (or 4 slices of crisp bacon, crumbled)
1 frozen prepared pie crust
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
dash(es) garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil
salt & pepper
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1/3 cup garlic/herb cheese spread


Preheat oven to 400°F

Slice tops off of tomatoes and scoop out and discard tomato seeds.  Slice tomatoes 1/4″ thick.  Lay tomato slices on a clean kitchen towel and lightly sprinkle with salt on each side.  Let sit for 15 minutes or so then press with another towel to soak up excess moisture from tomatoes.  This step prevents the pie from being mushy.

While waiting for tomatoes to dry out, slice prosciutto (or cook and crumble bacon).

Prick bottom and sides of pie crust.  Place on baking sheet (for easier handling) and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dried oregano and dried basil.

In another small bowl, mix together the light mayonnaise, garlic/herb cheese spread and fresh basil.

To assemble the tomato pie, sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the bread crumb mixture into the pie crust.  Layer 1/2 of the tomato slices into the pie crust, sprinkle with salt and pepper then 1/2 of the prosciutto (or bacon).  Top with the mayonnaise – herb cheese mixture – spread evenly.  Repeat layers of tomato, salt, pepper, prosciutto (or bacon).  Sprinkle the remaining bread crumb mixture evenly over the top layer.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and topping is lightly browned.

May be served warm or cold.

Only 230 calories per 1/8th of pie.

This recipe is my modified version of a Publix Aprons recipe.

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Lighter Tomato Pie



Tomato Pie

3-4 medium tomatoes
1/2 lb. bacon
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
Fresh Basil Leaves
Pie Crust – cook 3/4 of the way

Peel, thinly slice and seed tomatoes; place in a single layer on colander and salt. Drain for an hour. Dry on paper towels.
Fry up 1/2 lb. bacon until crispy. Place on paper towels to remove excess bacon grease.
Layer tomatoes, bacon and basil leaves in pre-cooked piecrust. Mix: mayonnaise, mozzarella, cheddar and pour over the tomatoes and bacon.
Bake at 350° – 375°F for 1 hr.


Debbie’s Mom’s recipe

1 1/2 cups eggplants, peeled and diced
1/2 cup onions, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 1/2 cups zucchini, sliced
1 16 oz. can tomatoes, stewed
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (7 3/4 oz.) can mushrooms
dash pepper

Place eggplant, onion, garlic and oil in a 2 quart casserole. Cook in microwave oven 5 minutes.
Cut peppers into 1/2 strips. Mix peppers and zucchini with eggplant mixture.
Add seasonings to tomatoes. Mix with vegetables. Cook in microwave oven 8-10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.

*You can use vegetable soup in place of tomatoes and cut corn off the cob and add to the casserole.

Pot Roast Style Steak with Tomatoes

1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound sirloin or lean steak of choice, all visible fat removed, cut into serving-size pieces
2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
2 Italian plum tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
Black pepper to taste
Pinch of salt

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sear the steaks until desired doneness, about 10 minutes for rare. Transfer the meat to a serving platter and cover with foil or a lid to keep warm. Set aside.
Add the garlic to the skillet and sauti over low heat until golden, about 2 minutes, being careful not to burn it. Add the rest of the ingredients except the meat. Cook over medium heat until the tomatoes are tender but still have texture, about 5 minutes. Return the meat to the skillet, along with any juices, and cook gently for a few minutes to combine flavors.
Transfer meat and sauce to the platter and serve immediately.
Cook’s Tip: Keep in mind that the meat will continue to cook slightly both when covered on the platter and when returned to the sauce. If you like your steak on the pink side, you might want to undercook it a bit to ensure desired doneness.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

From Cooking Light

Cooking spray
1 1/4 pounds skinned, boned chicken breast
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup beer
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 (2 1/4-ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
2 (4.5-ounce) cans chopped green chiles, drained
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten or 6 tablespoons egg substitute
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
6 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut in half
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup salsa

Preheat oven to 350°.

Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat until hot. Add chicken; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from skillet; let cool. Shred chicken with 2 forks; set aside.

Recoat skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add shredded chicken, beer, red pepper, and tomatoes; cook 10 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Remove from heat. Reserve 1 tablespoon green onions and 1 tablespoon olives for garnish. Stir remaining green onions, remaining olives, and chiles into chicken mixture; set aside.

Combine flour, salt, cumin, and coriander in a medium saucepan. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Place over medium heat; cook 7 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Gradually add hot milk mixture to egg whites, stirring constantly with whisk. Set aside.

Place cheeses in a bowl; toss well. Set aside.

Spread 1/2 cup white sauce in bottom of a 2 1/2-quart round casserole or soufflé dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 4 tortilla halves over sauce; top with 2 cups chicken mixture, 1/2 cup white sauce, and 1/2 cup cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice, ending with sauce. Set remaining 1/2 cup cheese mixture aside.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese mixture, reserved green onions, and reserved olives; bake an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

NOTE: You can assemble the casserole ahead of time; cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight, then bake at 350º for 1 hours or until bubbly. Or freeze casserole, thaw in refrigerator 24 hours, then bake for 1 hour or until thoroughly heated.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge, 1 tablespoon sour cream, and 1 tablespoon salsa)