Chocolate Mint Mousse

These perfectly portioned (vegan) Chocolate Mint Mousse desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Vegan Chocolate Mint Mousse via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #vegan #chocolate #mint #dessert #tofu #protein #chocolatemint #dairyfree
The great debate: Is it chocolate chip mint ice cream OR mint chocolate chip ice cream? Also, does it need to be green or is it okay being white? My family and I have discussed this in great lengths. We have different opinions, but one thing we can agree on is the love for the chocolate/mint combination.
Do you remember those Andes candies? Still, to this day, my mom put those in our Christmas stockings.
Vegan Chocolate Mint Mousse via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #vegan #chocolate #mint #dessert #tofu #protein #chocolatemint #dairyfree

I repurposed the Oui yogurt glass containers for these perfectly portioned desserts. The secret ingredient that makes this silky and smooth vegan mousse – silken tofu!

Silken tofu is silkier than regular tofu, provides an incredibly delicate texture. That’s why it’s a natural fit in mousses and pies. Don’t worry, you would have no idea there is tofu in there. Tofu takes on the flavors of what else is in the recipe – in this case, chocolate mint!
Vegan Chocolate Mint Mousse via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #vegan #chocolate #mint #dessert #tofu #protein #chocolatemint #dairyfree
I’m sure you knew that tofu is an excellent plant-based protein, but did you know tofu is also an excellent source of calcium? Calcium is not just found in dairy products, but also soy and dark leafy greens, which is important for bone health.

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Chocolate Mint Mousse

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Description

These perfectly portioned (vegan) Chocolate Mint Mousse desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth.


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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) silken tofu (NOT soft tofu)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Toppings: coconut whipped cream, shaved chocolate, mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler, or in a microwave-safe bowl. Remove the bowl from the heat as soon as the chocolate has melted, being careful not to burn it. Stir in the maple syrup, espresso powder, mint extract, and salt.
  2. In a blender, combine the silken tofu, water, and melted chocolate. Blend until thoroughly combined.
  3. Divide equally between 4 ramekins or little jars. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Top with coconut whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and mint leaves if using.

Notes

For the (dairy free) coconut whipped cream:

Coconut Whipped Cream

Keywords: #vegan #chocolate #mint #dessert #tofu #protein #chocolatemint #dairyfree

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Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup

Cozy up to a bowl of this creamy Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup.
Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen #soup #vegan #vegetarian #squash #butternutsquash #acornsquash #fall #recipe
Ever wonder how food bloggers come up with their recipes?
I pretty much think or talk about food all day. At work, I’m educating clients about nutrition through food or teaching cooking classes. Then, for the blog, my recipe creations are inspired by conversations I have, discussions in cooking classes or demonstrations, or simply from a particular ingredient. Travel definitely plays a big role in recipe development too. I love dining out when I travel, experiencing the local fare. I like to try an recreate recipes I’ve tried with my own little twist.
Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen #soup #vegan #vegetarian #squash #butternutsquash #acornsquash #fall #recipe

This recipe was a little different. The next day to work after FNCE, I was dragging. There was no food in my refrigerator and I went into work empty-handed for lunch. The beauty of working at Living Plate, there is a test kitchen right in the office. I opened the fridge and utilized what was in there and in the pantry. This recipe creation was purely driven by hunger and fatigue.
Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen #soup #vegan #vegetarian #squash #butternutsquash #acornsquash #fall #recipe
We all loved the soup so much, I ended up making it again in a cooking class, during a community event cooking demonstration and even added it to the meal plans. Ever wonder what kind of squash to use for different recipes? I break it down here!
Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen #soup #vegan #vegetarian #squash #butternutsquash #acornsquash #fall #recipe
Next time before you start dialing for takeout, really take a look what is in your kitchen. You never know – you might whip up something delicious!

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Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: soup

Description

Cozy up to a bowl of this creamy Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup.


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Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, (about 4 cups), chopped
  • 1 acorn squash, (about 2 cups), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, (about 1 cup) peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (a small pinch)
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea miso (or white miso)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced (preferably a sweet variety like Honeycrisp, gala, pink lady)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. To easily cut the squashes, pierce butternut squash and acorn squash with a paring knife. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes to soften, so it will be easier to chop. Let cool until able to handle. Peel and dice squash into cubes.
  2. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and carrots. Saute for about 3 minutes, until onions start to become translucent.
  3. Add the garam masala and nutmeg and coat the vegetables.
  4. Stir in the chickpea miso, cashews, butternut squash, acorn squash, and apple. Stir to combine. Add the vegetable broth and water, covering the vegetables. (Use more water, if needed).
  5. Simmer soup for 30 minutes, until squash is tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. In batches, add soup to a blender. Blend until smooth. If soup is too thick, add more water.
  7. Serve warm. (Optional: sprinkle pepitas on top to garnish)

Keywords: soup, squash

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I am usually inspired with new recipe ideas from when I travel, go out to eat, or just chatting with my friends, family, and clients. This recipe was inspired when I was counseling a client who was looking for warm plant-based breakfast ideas, that is packed with protein.

The first priority of when I develop a new recipe is taste. If it doesn’t taste good, then no one is going to want to make it or even eat it. Then I think of the nutritional value. Hello, dietitian here. Of course, I’m going to add that to the recipe development process.
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Every recipe on here has a story. This is how this recipe became created. This is why I love cooking! I’m inspired daily to get creative in the kitchen.

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Smashed Chickpea Scramble

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Description

Looking for a protein-packed and plant-based breakfast? Try a new breakfast idea, Smashed Chickpea Scramble. 


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Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup hummus
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add chickpeas, water, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Mash with the back of a fork, leaving some whole for texture.
  2. Fold in turmeric, cumin, ginger, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and hummus until well combined.
  3. Heat remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet. Add the smashed chickpea mixture with spinach. Saute until chickpeas are warmed through and spinach has wilted.
  4. Serve with diced avocado and tomatoes.

Keywords: breakfast, plant-based, vegetarian

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Balsamic Kale and Vegetable Saute

This one pan Balsamic Kale and Vegetable Saute recipe can help get a side dish or dinner on the table in minutes.
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This creation accidentally happened when I opened my refrigerator for dinner one night not knowing what I was going to have for dinner and just pulled out everything that I had.
I really liked how it turned out and now I purposely buy all these ingredients to make this recipe over and over again. Since my accidental recipe creation, I’ve made this recipe at least 3 more times already.
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I mean, how easy is it? Just simply throw everything into one pan. With minimal prep and clean up, this is the perfect solution for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
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What vegetable combination would you create this dish with?

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Balsamic Kale and Vegetable Saute

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 4 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1-pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large bunch kale (~ 6 cups), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • (optional) parmesan cheese, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions and peppers for about 1 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, until garlic is fragrant.
  2. Add mushrooms and chickpeas. Cook until mushrooms are tender. (Use a lid to generate steam if the pan starts to become dry)
  3. Add kale, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar. Toss vegetables to combine. Place a lid on top to allow kale to wilt. Remove lid and cook for an additional 2 minutes, removing excess liquid.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, as needed.
  5. Remove vegetable saute from the pan and garnish with parmesan cheese (if using).

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Creamy Tomato Soup

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Creamy Tomato Soup

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 6 1x

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes with their juice, 1 1/2 cups of water, the cashews, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the soup begins to thicken, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, for about 15 minutes, then puree in 3 batches until smooth, transferring the puree to a pot or storage container as it is pureed.
  2. To continue, reheat the soup in a pot over medium heat until it comes to a simmer.
  3. As the soup is cooking, spread butter on each slice of bread. Place butter side of bread down in a small pan, layer with cheese, then place the other slice of bread on top (butter side facing up). Cook until golden brown on each side and cheese has melted. Cut into small squares.
  4. Pour soup into bowl and top with mini grilled cheese “croutons”.

Notes

Creamy Tomato Soup recipe by Ellie Krieger’s You Have It Made cookbook.

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Ancient grains, like sorghum, have more nutrition bang for your buck. Sorghum, which doesn’t have an inedible hull like some other grains, is commonly eaten with all its outer layers, thereby retaining the majority of its nutrients. One serving of sorghum contains 5 grams of fiber and is a good source of iron!
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I absolutely love how colorful this recipe is. More colors = more nutrients. Another plus is it’s so simple to make. Simply place your veggies on a pan to roast as you prep the remaining ingredients.
If you want a shortcut, you can use Love Beets instead of the mess of peeling beets at home. Love Beets come peeled, steamed and vacuum packed.

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Roasted Root Vegetable Power Bowl

Roasted Root Vegetable Power Bowl

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 4 1x

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Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 4 beets, peeled and chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sorghum
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup hummus (your favorite flavor!)
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Toss sweet potatoes and beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes.
  2. Using a peeler, create long strands of carrots. Remove vegetables from oven, add carrots and toss. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until vegetables are fork tender. Remove from oven.
  3. In a large bowl, massage Swiss chard leaves with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add Swiss chard on a large baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes until Swiss chard is tender (not crispy).
  4. As vegetables are roasting, cook the sorghum. Add sorghum and water to a pot. Bring to a boil; cook 5 minutes. Turn heat down to low; cover and cook for about 45 minutes or until tender-firm. (for an extra boost of flavor, add a splash of vegetable stock with the water) Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Assemble your bowls, by adding sections of sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, Swiss chard, and sorghum. Add a dollop of hummus and sprinkle with goat cheese. Serve warm.

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Roasted Maple-Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Celebrate National Nutrition Month® by savoring the flavor of eating right with these Roasted Maple-Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts.

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This year’s theme is to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” and what I take away from this year’s theme is to show others that you can eat healthy and it tastes amazing!  As a culinary-focused Registered Dietitian, my passion is to educate about nutrition through food.

Roasted Maple-Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenOkay, I get it.. there are some foods that you just don’t like, but Brussels sprouts have such a stigma and too many people turn up their noses to the thought of Brussels sprouts. Honestly, it’s probably because many have not experienced tasting them in a flavorful way. Move over bland boring steamed Brussels sprouts, enter delicious and more enjoyable Roasted Maple-Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts.
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Roasted Maple-Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: roasting

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 lbs. Brussels sprouts, halved and trimmed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  3. Mix in the Brussels sprouts until they are fully coated. Pour the Brussels sprouts on an even layer on the baking sheet, drizzling any remaining glaze on top.
  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Brussels sprouts should be tender and caramelized to your desired doneness.

Keywords: Brussels sprouts, roasting, vegetable side dish

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Vegetable Lentil Soup

Warm-up this winter with a warm bowl of Vegetable Lentil Soup. This vegan-friendly soup will be sure to help meet your daily recommendations of veggies for the day!

Vegetable Lentil Soup in a white decorative bowl

Dare I say it’s actually starting to feel like winter here in New Jersey. Usually, in December I’m beginning to make my favorite soups, but this year was just so warm. I’m hoping I’m not jinxing myself and all of a sudden we are going to get a blizzard. If so, I do have this big batch of vegetable lentil soup to warm up with!

vegetable lentil soup in a decorative white bowl

One of my favorite things at work is teaching cooking classes. A few months ago I taught a class called “Soups and Stocks”. My goal for the class was to show how making soup at home can be simple, nutritious, and delicious. The biggest complaints I heard from customers is when they tried making it at home, their soups “tasted bland, watered down, and boring”. The key to a flavorful soup is the base: stock. Due to the process, Progresso’s chefs use to simmer the real bones, Progresso Cooking Stocks have rich, meaty flavor and are full of body, making them ideal for adding deep, complex flavor to many dishes including soups, stews, sauces, and gravies.

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What’s the difference between stock and broth?

The foundation of any great soup of stew is a flavorful broth or stock. Often the terms stock and broth are used interchangeably, but there are three important differences: ingredients, cook time, and seasoning.

Stock is made by simmering a combination of bones, mirepoix (carrots, celery, and onion), and aromatics in water for two to six hours. Gelatin from the bones is an essential part of the stock that is created when the connective tissue in meat breaks down, giving stock its body; the gelatin is what causes a stock to gel when chilled.

Broth is typically made by simmering meat, mirepoix, and aromatics for a shorter amount of time, typically between 1 and 2 hours. It is also often more heavily seasoned than stock.

Bone broth is a hybrid of broth and stock. It is cooked for a long period of time and the goal is not only to extract the gelatin from the bones (like in a stock), but also to release the nutritious compounds and minerals (namely collagen, but also glucosamine, amino acids, electrolytes, calcium, and more). 

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Vegetable Lentil Soup

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Soup

Description

Warm up this winter with a warm bowl of Vegetable Lentil Soup. This vegan soup will be sure to help meet your daily recommendations of veggies for the day!


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 (15 oz) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 (1 quart) box Progresso vegetable cooking stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups kale, ribs removed and chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots, cook stirring often, until onion becomes tender and translucent.
  2. Add the garlic, cumin, and thyme. Cook until fragrant. Add fire roasted tomatoes and chickpeas.
  3. Add the lentils, then pour in Progresso vegetable cooking stock and water. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Bring soup to a boil, then turn down to a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, until the lentils are tender.
  4. Transfer 3 cups of soup into a blender or food processor (make sure to get an even mixture of veggies and broth). Puree mixture until smooth. Add pureed soup back into the pot and add kale. Cook until wilted.

Keywords: lentil, vegan, vegetarian, soup, plant-based

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A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes such as beans and peas, soy products, and nuts and seeds.

The typical American diet is so “meat-based” when it comes to the protein food group. Adding variety of plant-based protein is beneficial for many reasons including it’s high fiber content, providing adequate protein for growth and repair, and low in saturated fat which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Chickpeas are a great plant-based protein to start incorporating into a healthy diet!
Lemon Parsley Chickpeas via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchen

Lemon Parsley Chickpeas via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchen

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Lemon Parsley Chickpeas

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen

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Ingredients

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic, saute for 1 minute, until it begins to become fragrant. Add chickpeas and toss with garlic and olive oil until evenly coated.
  3. Stir in lemon juice and simmer until reduced by half, tossing chickpeas occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in chopped parsley.

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Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

Six ingredient stuffed tomatoes with whole grains can be eaten as part of a main dish or as a vegetable side.

Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenMost of my recipes are inspired of the game “What’s in my fridge?”. This usually happens at the end of the week, when there are leftovers or a few items here and there from other meals of the week. I feel like I’m en episode of Chopped and Ted Allen is giving me a mystery basket to cook with.
Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenI used leftover quinoa, or you can use essentially any whole grain you like in this recipe. If you don’t have any leftover quinoa, you can always use this quick alternative.
This recipe can be easily adapted with the flavors you like. I added spinach, mushrooms, and garlic because that was what was in my fridge!
Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchen
Have leftovers? The next morning, I reheated a quinoa stuffed tomato with a fried egg on top. A fried egg on top can make everything better.. am I right?
Now you can never say when you open your fridge, “I have nothing to eat!”. Just play “what’s in my fridge” and you’ll be surprised what you can come up with!

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Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup spinach, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Core tomatoes, removing the inside flesh and seeds. Set aside the inside flesh from 2 of the tomatoes in a medium bowl.
  2. Dice the remaining tomato flesh. Add to a bowl with the quinoa, spinach, mushrooms, garlic and olive oil. Mix well to combine.
  3. Place tomatoes in a shallow pan. Stuff the tomatoes with the quinoa and vegetable mixture.
  4. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, until tomato begins to soften.
  5. Serve as a side dish, or make it a meal by adding a fried egg on top.

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