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Meatless Monday recipe of the week: Quinoa stuffed tomatoes

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are that you have heard about the fantastic pseudo-grain known as quinoa. Unlike members of the cereal grass family (wheat, etc.), quinoa is a complete protein, and has tons of antioxidants, phytonutrients and even some omega-3 fatty acids.

This Meatless Monday recipe takes quinoa and pairs it with another great protein, tempeh, and the star of the season: heirloom tomatoes. Totally can’t go wrong with any of that, now can we.

Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed

4 large ripe but firm tomatoes (preferably heirloom)

1/2 small onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, sliced

6 ounces tempeh, diced

2/3 cup raisins

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Bring broth and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan. Lower the heat, cover and simmer until water is absorbed and grains are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the top off each tomato to expose the inside. Use a spoon to hollow out pulp and seeds and place in a bowl. Chop the tomato tops and add to the bowl. Set bowl and tomato shells aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, combine onion and 2 tablespoons water. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until onion begins to brown, about 6 minutes. Stir in garlic, tempeh, raisins, thyme, pepper and reserved tomato trimmings and cook, stirring frequently, until most liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in quinoa and parsley. Stuff tomato shells with quinoa mixture, mounding it on top, and place tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until tomatoes are soft and filling is just browned on top, about 15 minutes.

— Recipe from www.wholefoodsmarket.com

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