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fresh friday: grilled quinoa stuffed tomatoes!

on September 7, 2012

It’s Friday again and I’ve been waiting all week to share this recipe! Schy and I were on our own on Saturday for dinner so I decided to dive into our CSA produce. I think everyone belonging to a CSA out there is in agreement that we are eating a LOT of tomatoes these days. We generally receive 6-10 slicers and 1-6 heirlooms from our CSA, not to mention the 6 or more a day that we’ve been picking off of our own plants. Our freezer is already stocked with fresh, homemade sauce!

This recipe is an effort to try something different with these ripe, delicious beauties! This is a very versatile recipe and you can include any veggies that you wish. They can also be finished in the oven or under the broiler. We tend to grill as much as we can through the end of autumn so, naturally, I grilled them.

grilled quinoa stuffed tomatoes


  • 1 c. quinoa
  • 2 c. water
  • 4-6 large ripe tomatoes
  • 4-6 scallions
  • 1 red carmen pepper (or bell)
  • 1 purple bell pepper
  • 2-4 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1/2 c. fresh basil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese

Prepare your quinoa as directed. If you’ve never made quinoa before it is simple. Simply bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of quinoa to a boil in a small pot. Once boiling, cover, reduce heat and let simmer until all water is absorbed, roughly 10-15 minutes. While your quinoa is cooking you can prepare your veggies.


Core tomatoes and remove all flesh and seeds. Chop inside of tomatoes up and toss into mixing bowl for use in the stuffing. (I tried to just use the firm sections, removing excess liquid and seeds). Dice peppers and slice scallions and add to bowl. Finely chop basil and garlic and add to other ingredients and mix.


Once the quinoa is finished, toss the veggie mixture into the pot and mix so that everything is well combined.  Spoon the mixture into the tomato shells and gently pack down.  Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Place the stuffed tomatoes on a low flame grill for 5 to 10 minutes.  Remove carefully and enjoy as a meal or a side dish!


These were really delicious!  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture after the grilling, but they looked pretty similar to the before picture.  The parmesan did brown a bit and the tomatoes became really juicy. We are firm believers that cheese makes everything better, but this recipe can easily be made vegan by omitting the cheese.  We devoured them as a stand alone meal and they were very filling with the quinoa.  This was also Schy’s first quinoa experience and she LOVED it!  That makes me very happy since we eat a lot of that stuff in non-summer months!

This is definitely going to become part of the rotation for the next few weeks as we make our way through tomato season.  It’s quick, easy and super delicious!

Enjoy and happy Friday!


9 responses to “fresh friday: grilled quinoa stuffed tomatoes!

  1. These look amazing! I always need new healthy ideas to eat during my pregnancy! I have been scared to try quinoa but these look tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

    • Alli Ferraro says:

      Thank you! This would be a great recipe for trying quinoa if you’re scared. Mixing it with all sorts of veggies might help! It’s really good, though. And super nutritious so it’s a great choice during pregnancy! Give it try and let me know what you think. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. @noel_Rocs says:

    yum that looks good! I will absolutely be making this! I wonder if it’d work with a bell pepper, too. Cool recipe for me to pin 🙂 I found you through a blog hop. I think it was the wkend blog hop. I’m Daydreaming Realist. Have a great weekend!

    • Alli Ferraro says:

      It IS good! 🙂 You could definitely do it with bell pepper… but not when you have two dozen tomatoes lying around! Thanks for the comment and the follow on twitter. I’ll be checking out your site asap!


  3. inherchucks says:

    gorgeous! My mom used to make a similar dish when I was younger. Always looks so fancy 🙂

    Come and share this delicious goodness with the rest of the CSA Link party… Looking forward to seeing you there!

  4. Lauren says:

    Ooh, this looks lovely!

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