Green Monday SA – Herb Stuffed Tomato

green monday herb stuffed tomato recipe

It’s about making a difference one meal at a time! Eat green! Goodbye Blue Mondays! Start your week by pledging green this coming Monday!
By pledging to eat plant-based meals every Monday you will be munching your way towards a healthier body, a more sustainable planet and a more conscientious approach to eating. Love your veg and they’ll love you back!
Green Monday is a global initiative promoted by Humane Society International (HSI).

In South Africa nearly 30 percent of men and 56 percent of women are either overweight or obese, says the Medical Research Council (MRC). It’s time to take action, one bite at a time!

At GreenMondaySA we’re not asking you to take up an extreme fitness regime or even ditch your love of beer or Chenin! But there is one simple way you can improve your health, and to start seeing and feeling the difference to your health (and your waistline). Start with it this Monday!

Did you know?
Studies show that people who eat fewer animal products have lower rates of obesity, dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, cataracts, gallstones, and colon disease. People who eat totally meat-free diets are also less likely to die or become hospitalised from heart disease .
Cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure… these are also chronic diseases on the rise worldwide, and many of them can be prevented, treated, and in some cases reversed with a plant-based diet.
We’re not asking you to munch your way through Mondays on celery sticks alone. We’ve got dozens of Green Mondays recipes here to get your juices going! Love a burger? Try this fab lentil burger instead. We want Mondays to be healthy, tasty and fun. You in? Take the pledge !

Pledge your support for GreenMondaySA and make your first meal of the week a plant-based one. Yup, eating green could improve the health and future of the earth! By switching to plant-based foods on Green Mondays you’ll actually be reducing your carbon footprint! That’s because plant-based foods tend to use less water, require less land for production, and emit fewer greenhouse gases than the production of animal products.

You can kick things off by reducing your intake of animal products – just one day a week! Green Mondays is an easy, healthy and delicious way to start. Take the pledge today! Next, check out our greenalicious recipes and get cooking.

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Green Monday Recipe: Herb-stuffed Tomatoes


  • 4 medium tomatoes (ripe but firm)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 12 wrinkly black olives, pitted and
  • roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped oregano
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped capers
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 163° C.
  • Trim about 1cm off the top of each tomato and discard. Use a little spoon or a melon baller to remove the seeds and most of the flesh, leaving a clean shell.
  • Lightly salt the inside of the tomatoes and place upside down in a colander, to drain off some moisture.
  • Meanwhile, put the onion, garlic, olives, and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium pan and cook on low heat for 5 to 6 minutes, to soften the onion completely.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the breadcrumbs, herbs, capers, and some pepper. Taste and add salt, if you like.
  • Wipe the insides of the tomatoes with a paper towel, then fill them up with the herb stuffing, pressing down very gently as you go to get a nice dome of stuffing  on top.
  • Place the tomatoes in a greased ovenproof dish and drizzle lightly with the remaining oil. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the tomatoes soften. Serve hot or warm.

Recipe adapted from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi.

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