Lentil-Stuffed Tomatoes

Although the calendar says mid-April, it is practically summer here in Texas with temperatures nearing 90 degrees everyday. Not exactly oven-use weather, but in other parts of the country it’s cool enough to enjoy this tasty side dish.

Recipe of the Week: Lentil-Stuffed Tomatoes

4 firm, medium-size tomatoes                                     1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/4 c. chopped celery                                                     1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
1/4 c. minced onion                                                       1 c. cooked/drained brown lentils
2 tbs. chopped bell pepper                                           1 tbs. fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 F.
1.  Core tomatoes and slice off the top to allow a spoon insert. Scoope pulp and juice into bowl and mash.  Place shells, cut side down, on paper towels to drain.
2. In medium saucepan, place pulp mixture, celery, onion, pepper, curry, and salt. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until veggies are tender, about 5 minutes.
3. Add lentils and continue cooking until mixture is thick and lentils are very soft.  Divide mixture evenly into tomato shells, sprinkle with cheese, and place into muffin cups set on a baking sheet.
4. Bake until heated through, about 10-15 min.


Thought of the Week: The further I delve into our family tree, the more intrigued I become by its members. This past week I acquired two new photos of my maternal great-great-great-great grandfather, Gabriel Leap (1778-1877), and maternal great-great-great grandfather, Samuel Wesley Leap (his son; 1815-1887). I learned that the former filed a lawsuit against his father, my great-great-great-great-great grandfather, John Wesley Leap (1733-1845), out of fear for his life in 1812. Gabriel was 34 at the time and his father was 78, for heaven’s sake! How odd. Multiple marriages and lots of children throughout the family tree means there are hundreds of relatives I don’t know about yet. We could start our own town!

(Gabriel in the prime of his life, it looks like.)

(Samuel towards the end of his.)


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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6 Responses to Lentil-Stuffed Tomatoes

  1. Joe Leap says:

    Ma’am, I’d love to speak with you regarding our shared ancestors. We are currently doing a DNA project with a bunch of folks via Facebook who are related…..I have included my email on the site for contact. Thank you.


    • Cyranette says:

      Hi Joe. I sent an email to you, but I now realize you didn’t send the pics to me. So, I take back my “thank you.” 🙂


    • Carol Leep says:

      My Husbands family name is Leep They are the part of the family from Nebraska that dropped the a and added an e to the name. John Wesley Leap was my husbands Great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. my daughter just did the 23andme DNA testing and I am sure she would like to know more about your group.


      • Cyranette says:

        Hi Carol. I have often wondered why the name changed; it certainly makes genealogy less certain. However, I would be happy to send information to your daughter via email or snail mail.


  2. Shaye (Dyson) Chaney says:

    John Wesley Leap is my great, great, great, great, great grandfather as well. Through my mother’s side. I guess that makes us cousins? lol. I found out through findagrave.com. My mother is Hedy (Burns) Dyson. My maternal grandmother is Marjorie Marie Harrell Burns. She died in 1981. Her mother is Mary Louise Leap Harrell. Her father is Charles Wm/Willy Leap. His father is Norman Leap. His mother is Jerusha Leap Neal. Then, of course, her father is John Wesley Leap. Amazing, isn’t it?


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