Quinoa Stuffed Baked Tomato

Hi Buddies,

This was my weekend lunch special!!! Few months ago when I was on a business trip, I had leisure time in the evening after reaching my hotel. Didn’t know what to do, as I was never that leisure back home (always busy with my house hold chores, cooking, feeding aashu uuff list goes on…). I used to watch some random TV shows (never watch TV at home) and then I came across this interesting recipe on one of the shows (don’t remember exactly which show). I adapted it as per my taste and it’s a big hit at my home. I tried to make it very healthy but not at the expense of taste :). We all loved it!!!  Have a look at the recipe, try it and let me know how it goes!!!

Preparation Time:  40 minutes
No of Servings: 4

Ingredients:

Tomatoes: 4
Quinoa:   ¼ cup
Water: 1 cup
Onions: 1/2
Broccoli:  Few pieces
Cilantro/coriander: Few leaves
Olive Oil: 1 tbsp.
Pepper: ¼ tsp.
Garlic: 1-2 pieces
Italian Dressing: ½ tsp.
Basil leaves: ½ tsp.
Salt: As per taste
Shredded Cheese : 3 tbsp. (I have used skimmed Italian 5 cheese)

Method:

  • Wash 4 medium ripe tomatoes.

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  • Cut the top part of tomatoes and scoop out all the seeds.

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  • Use that watery seed portion while cooking quinoa as it will add nice flavor to it. ( I have used the hard part in rasam)

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  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Meanwhile, wash quinoa and cook it in pressure cooker along with water, scooped seeds and salt.

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  • While it’s cooking, heat a pan with 1 tbsp. of olive oil.
  • Add garlic, onions, broccoli, pepper, little salt, Cilantro and Italian dressing to it.

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  • Stir fry it for 1- 2 minutes and turn off heat.
  • Mix quinoa and fried mixture.

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  • Fill the tomatoes with this stuffing.

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  • Add shredded cheese and basil leaves. Place them in baking tray and bake it for 15-20 minutes keep checking as may vary depending on tomatoes).

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  • Turn off oven and let it stand for 2 more minutes.
  • Remove it from oven and serve hot. Is it yummy!!!

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  • Note:
  1. Quinoa can be replaced with Rice, brown rice or potatoes.
  2. Choose any type of filling and add spices of your choice.

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Comments (2)

  1. Raji

    Interesting !!!!!

    Reply
  2. kalyani

    yummy

    Reply

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