I know several people who stay away from raw tomatoes, mainly because of the slimy, seedy texture inside. When I say “people,” I’m referring to my husband and several others on his side of the family. They basically hate tomatoes, unless it’s in a pasta sauce or salsa. I don’t understand it-- my family grew tomatoes every year in our backyard and looked forward to BLT sandwiches each summer. Nothing beats a sweet, bright red tomato picked right from your garden!
Eating colorful fruits and vegetables is one way to get the daily fiber you need so that your bowels run smoothly. Tomatoes have two kinds of fiber that are important. Most of it is insoluble fiber, which comes from the outer skin and the seeds inside. This fiber helps push out waste and eases constipation. It also helps you feel full. Soluble fiber from the pulp of the tomato combines with water to slow digestion & allow nutrients to absorb through the intestines. Besides tomatoes, onions contain fiber, too. They also have vitamins and minerals, including selenium and magnesium, which can help reduce your risk of colon cancer.
Quinoa is a “superfood” with antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals. Quinoa also has 5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein.
This quinoa-stuffed tomato is definitely a dish to try if you don’t like the slimy insides of a tomato (don’t worry, it’s scooped out to make room for quinoa!). It’s also great if you are looking for another way to eat tomatoes, besides slicing it for a BLT sandwich! You can turn this into a “bread-less BLT” by mixing in chopped/cooked turkey bacon with the quinoa, before spooning that quinoa mix into the tomato shell. Then once it’s done baking, you can serve each stuffed tomato over a bed of lettuce!
Ingredients (4 servings):