I’m finally spilling.
I’m giving away one of my favorite recipes of all time. And, from The Simply Real Health Cookbook (and the summer meal plan)- these Quinoa Stuffed Baked Tomatoes.
They’re the perfect healthy summer (or, let’s be honest- any season) party dish, AND an easy make-ahead and one-pot [pan] lunch or dinner. Whatever way you wanna
slice it stuff it, you’re gonna want to know how to make these.
But, don’t worry. If you’re new around here, it won’t be complicated or heavily time intensive.
But, healthy food that’s simple, quick, easy and efficient? And delicious and beautiful?
It is actually possible to have it all. I think so, at least.
It’s by far, my favorite and the best way to eat.
Quinoa Baked Stuffed Tomatoes
Makes 8 tomatoes
8 large tomatoes (firm-ish)
1 cup cooked quinoa or brown rice
½ pound cooked crumbled organic sausage (optional)
½ cup feta, goat cheese or gorgonzola crumbled cheese
¼ cup chopped basil or 1 teaspoon dried oregano/Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic
2 – 4 cups fresh spinach (or more)
1 teaspoon pepper and ½ teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 425°F. Cook quinoa: combine ½ cup dry quinoa with 1 cup water and 2 dashes of sea salt and cover with a lid. As soon as water boils, reduce heat to the lowest possible simmer or turn heat completely off and keep covered with a lid. Let sit for 10 minutes until done.
Slice top off of each tomato and gently scoop the seeds out. Place in a glass or ceramic baking dish. If they do not sit flat, slice a bit off the bottom.
In a skillet, sauté crumbled sausage first (if using), then add garlic and spinach to the pan until spinach wilts. Add the warm ingredients to a large bowl, then add the herbs, quinoa, cheese of your choice, sea salt and pepper together and mix to combine.
Fill each tomato with the quinoa stuffing, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and top with a tiny bit of crumbled cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until done. Broil for the last 2-3 minutes to get a nice crispy brown layer on top. Serve hot or at room temperature.
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This recipe is one of 150 easy, healthy and beautiful recipes from The Simply Real Health Cookbook (on sale now).
Photos by darling Jasmine Pulley for The Simply Real Health Cookbook.