Greek Stuffed Tomatoes

Have you ever been the one to walk into a family gathering, backyard BBQ or ladies night sadly holding a store bought spinach dip and a loaf of pumpernickel bread (still in the bag)?
I've been this person FAR too many times this summer! And it's been a tough go. I'm kind of the "foodie" of my group, so when they see me stroll in with a bag of pretzel chips and a container of store-bought caramelized onion hummus they laugh like it's the punchline of a joke. "Ok. What did you really bring?" I'm now asked. And I know what they are looking for... a flavourful and hearty Gouda + Mushroom Beer Dip. A simple and fresh Shrimp with Avocado Spread. A sweet Grilled Peach + Berry Pavlova.... but my response has always been the same, "I just didn't have time."
With my busy schedule it's been far to easy to run to the nearest grocery store and pick up prepared foods on the way to the party... but no more! I have three more gatherings scheduled this summer and I am vowing to bring a delicious homemade dish to every single one of them.
One dish that will surely make its way to my next family gathering is Greek Stuffed Tomatoes! This tried-tested-and-true recipe has been on repeat at my house the past few weeks as it uses less than ten ingredients, it's super flavourful, and I can have a meatless dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! Yeah, that's what I call a #WeekdayWin! And while I have been enjoying this dish for dinner, I know they would make an excellent side dish or appetizer.
Hopefully with this I will be able to earn back my "foodie" title...

Greek Stuffed Tomatoes
Whether you serve them alongside a fresh salad as a meatless weeknight meal or take them to a family gathering, these Greek stuffed tomatoes are easy to prepare thanks to Minute Rice's Ready to Serve Cups.

8 fresh vine ripen tomatoes
2 Minute Rice Ready to Serve Cups - Long Grain & Wild Fine Herbs
1 jar (170 mL) marinated artichokes, chopped
1 medium green pepper, diced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 tbsp minced garlic
Salt & pepper to taste
Olive oil for drizzling (optional)
Fresh basil for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.
2. Place two Minute Rice cups in the microwave. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Remove.
3. In a large bowl stir together cooked rice, chopped artichokes, diced green pepper, crumbled feta, black olives, garlic and salt & pepper. Set aside.
4. Remove the stems from tomatoes. Using a knife, remove the core of the tomatoes. Scoop out seeds and any tough white core that may remain.
5. Scoop 2-3 spoonfuls of rice mixture into the cavity of the tomatoes. Place each tomato in a glass baking dish. Slowly drizzle each tomato with high quality olive oil.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tomatoes have softened.
7. Remove from oven and serve alongside a fresh summer salad or a piece of grilled meat. Garnish  with a few basil leaves is desired.
What’s your go-to recipe for get-togethers?

My Weekend According to My iPhone

1 // The fam and I rented the perfect cottage on Miller Lake for our getaway! Nothing but blue skies and sunshine all weekend!
2 // Soaking up the sun and relaxing with a beer after a long drive!
3 // Hiked to Indian Head Cove and the Grotto with two kidlets and a very large dog. Needless to say... many stops were made!
4 // I can't get over how blue and crystal clear the water is!
5 // It might not look like it, but this pooch is poooooped!
6 // Still happy to take a pic with me!
7 // Little unknown fact about Maddy... she doesn't like the water or swimming, BUT with a little coaxing she managed to doggy-paddle around in the shallows!
8 // Can't do a cottage weekend without indulging in many, many s'mores!
9 // Memories made!

Father's Day Pizza Party + The Home Depot Canada Giveaway

Ain't no party like a pizza party! No seriously. Is there anything better than a table completely adorned with a variety of meats, cheeses, sauces and vegetables ready to be spread across fresh homemade dough? Exactly. I didn't think so!
There is just something so exciting and rewarding about thoughtfully dressing a pizza until it's the epitome of perfection. My love for a good homemade pizza started at a young age. I remember sitting around my kitchen table with my dad, two sisters, and step mom meticulously building our mini pizzas. First the sauce. Then the pepperoni. Lastly a mitt-full of mozzarella (yeah, my tastes were pretty basic back then). And in the oven they'd go.
I have to say, the family pizza party was one of my favourite dinners... in fact, it still is! So this Father's Day I am honouring my dad by combining two of his favourite things: pizza and BBQ'ing.
Have you ever made a pizza on the BBQ? I've had my fair share of grilled pizza fails... dough slipping through the grates, crispy bottoms with raw tops.... and then there's the completely burned to a crisp. That's why I was so excited to get my hands on Bakerstone's BBQ Pizza Oven from The Home Depot Canada.
This slick little unit raises the temperature of the outdoor grill to that of a wood burning pizza oven so your pizza cooks in less than 5 minutes and is perfectly crisp! And the possibilities are endless! Classic margherita pizza. Spicy sausage pizza. Vegetarian pizza. They all cook up beautifully in the Bakerstone Pizza Oven!
Now onto the fun stuff.... It's giveaway time!
// The Home Depot Canada Father's Day Bakerstone Giveaway \\
Did you know Father's Day is this Sunday? Have you bought dad a gift yet? Well you are in luck, I have teamed up with The Home Depot Canada to offer you the chance to win a Bakerstone Pizza Oven that will surely impress any BBQ obsessed dad!
Prize: A Bakerstone Pizza Oven from The Home Depot Canada (valued at $129)
To Enter: Answer this question... What's your favourite pizza topping?
Contact Deets: Don't forget to leave an email address!
Open To: Canada Only (excluding Quebec)
Closes: Father's Day, Sunday June 19th at 11:50am. Winner will be randomly selected, and announced on this post shortly thereafter.
Bonus Entries: Post about this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Leave a separate comment telling me you have done so.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada. I was provided with the Bakerstone Pizza Oven for this post. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own. Good luck!

My Long Weekend According to my iPhone

1 // Friday's are for pizza and beer!
2 // Discovered Mary's Brigadeiro at Wednesday night's Williams Sonoma event. I hate to admit it, but I've been savouring them slowly, piece-by-piece for 6 days!
3 // What would a May 2-4 long weekend be without a BBQ?
4 // Loving how the dining room is coming together! With all the key pieces in place it's now time to accessorize!
5 // Picked up a new pair of Yoga Jeans at Jean Machine after winning their Instagram contest. By far my favourite brand of jeans... EVER!
6 // Browsed the Aberfoyle Antique Market on Sunday and was pleasantly surprised to find this cute little ice cream pop up!
7 // Small batch homemade ice cream? Yes please!
8 // Maddy spent most of Monday sleeping... must have been all that long weekend excitement.

Hope all my Canadian readers had a lovely long weekend! And to my American friends... don't you worry, yours is almost here!