Pesto Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

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Looking for a healthy, impressive, and delicious side dish? This is it! You can make it ahead of time and put it in the oven right before your guests arrive. It can also be a vegetarian main! 


3-4 vine ripe tomatoes (with stems on!)

1/2 cup quinoa cooked to package directions

3 tablespoons pesto

1/4 cup pine nuts

5 basil leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes



1 oz goat cheese


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F

Cook your quinoa according to the package directions and put into a bowl and set aside

With a sharp knife carefully cut off the very top of the tomato, making sure to leave the cute stem still on!

Using your knife cut around the inside of the tomato and then scoop out the inners of the tomato. Make sure you don’t puncture the tomato skin

To the quinoa add in the pesto, pine nuts, chopped basil, chopped thyme, grated Parmesan, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine everything

Add in the goat cheese and give it another stir

Add a spoonful at a time of the quinoa mixture into the tomatoes making sure you pack it down

Put the tomatoes into an ovenproof dish, top with the other tops of the tomatoes, and put into the oven

Let them bake 15-20 minutes until done. That’s it! Yum