Total cooking time: 30 min. Serves: 8
- ½ cup dry quinoa
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup finely diced yellow pepper
- ⅓ cup finely diced english cucumber
- ⅓ cup finely diced kalamata olives
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 tsp minced fresh mint
- 1 tsp minced fresh oregano (½ tsp if using dried oregano)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp cold pressed organic olive oil
- Himalayan salt to taste
- 8 ripe tomatoes, insides scooped out
- In a small saucepan add quinoa and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes or until water is gone.
- Fluff quinoa with a fork.
- Add quinoa to a medium bowl with yellow pepper, cucumber, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and green onion.
- In a small bowl add mint, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Whisk together.
- Add dressing to the quinoa bowl and stir to coat everything in the dressing. Set aside.
- Using a paring knife, cut a hole in the top of the tomato. Take the stem off the tomato. Using a small spoon scoop the seeds out of the tomato through the hole you created up top.
- Fill each tomato with the quinoa mixture.
Stuffed tomatoes are a great way to use your (or your neighbor’s, co-worker’s, mother-in-law’s… etc.) abundance of tomatoes by the end of the summer! This is a “no-bake” version, but feel free to preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, melt some feta, aged parmigiano reggiano (or whatever cheese is handy) atop the stuffed tomatoes, and bake until cheese has turned golden in color. Heating the tomatoes this way will bring out the amazing phytonutrient LYCOPENE. Lycopene can help prevent cancer and protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Vitamin C found in lemon juice and peppers is great for immune function. Kalamata olives contain oleic acid, which is essential in heart disease prevention due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Fresh oregano contains an abundance of vitamins (K, A, E, C, B6) along with folate, calcium and many other nutrients. Oregano has anti- fungal, microbial, and inflammatory properties- all great things for your body to keep homeostasis and ward off sickness! This recipe is also abundant in fiber from the vegetables and quinoa, which will help you stay full and keep up gut maintenance. Enjoy these Mediterranean quinoa stuffed tomatoes as an appetizer or side dish. To make these a carnivorous main dish, add some cooked organic ground turkey, grass-fed beef, or chicken to the quinoa mix! Use your imagination and what you have in your refrigerator- trust your gut!