The other day I was feeling in the mood for something light for dinner, with lots of flavor, veggies and not a salad. I kept craving this stuffed cherry tomatoes I made for John's promotion in May, but I knew that wasn't quite "meal" material. I took that idea and ran with it. I LOVED the end results. Light, flavorful and lots of yummy veggies plus super nutritious quinoa.
Mediterranean stuffed tomatoes with quinoa and veggies
3 large tomatoes
1/4 large onion
1 clove garlic
1 red pepper
1/2 cup spinach
2 T. Greek kalamata olive roasted garlic spread (this could easily be made in the food processor by blending olives, roasted garlic, olive oil, and a little crushed red pepper).
3/4 c. quinoa
Preheat oven to 400
Cook quinoa according to package directions
Finely dice veggies. Heat 1/2 T olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, pepper, and zucchini. Cook about five minutes or until veggies soften. Add spinach and cook 1-2 mins more.
Cut off tops of tomatoes and take the seeds out. Brush the outside with olive oil and place on cookie sheet.
Combine quinoa, veggie mixture, olive spread and feta cheese to taste. Stuff each tomato with 1/3 of the mixture. Top with more feta and drizzle with a little olive oil.
Bake for 15-20 mins. Squeeze lemon juice on top before serving.