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Roasted Tomato Stuffed Quinoa

Are you following the Mediterranean diet?! If so, this Roasted Tomato Stuffed Quinoa recipe is a perfect add to your menu. It is also great if you’re looking to decrease inflammation and clean up your gut!

Roasted Tomato Stuffed Quinoa

Quinoa is packed with protein and promotes the growth of “good bacteria” through its prebiotic effects. It’s high fiber content also helps to manage gastrointestinal transient times.

Quinoa is packed full of magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants and is one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids! 

Did I mention it’s gluten free?! Are you intrigued yet?! Great…let’s keep going…

Every year my garden produces a plethora of tomatoes and I am always looking for fun and new ways to incorporate them into our dinner routine. One especially cool way to show of tomatoes is to scoop out the insides and fill with lots of good stuff. This time I stuffed them with quinoa, pistachios, garlic, and spinach.

For the mixture, I love adding baby spinach or arugula. There are other options for veggies though. You can always use cooked zucchini or chickpeas in with the quinoa. Considering adding some spice with a jalapeño or roasted red pepper.

Must-Have Kitchen Tools

An Instant Pot is similar to a pressure cooker as they seal in the moisture which turns to steam as the temperature is raised. After a few minutes the pressure will have built up enough to start cooking but because of the combination of heat and steam they will cook food up to 70% faster than a conventional oven.

Pressed garlic has a lighter, more delicate flavor than minced garlic because it excludes the bitter center stem. A good garlic press can break down cloves more evenly which means better distribution of garlic flavor throughout your dish.

Stainless steel bowls are best for mixing heavy ingredients. The bowls themselves are lightweight which makes them a easier to handle.

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