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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tomato Challenge: Roasted Tomato and Garlic Quinoa

Here's another submission to our Tomato Challenge, which was actually issued by another follower, Anonymous, who said she was drowning in tomatoes late in the season and had run out of ideas. This idea comes from Jamie Farley.

I don't have an exact recipe per se, since I just like to throw things together, but I like to do the following with my tomatoes for a healthy whole grain side dish or meal:

Roasted Tomato & Garlic Quinoa

I like to simmer several whole peeled garlic cloves in extra virgin olive oil (enough to cover the cloves) in a small pan over the stove on very low heat until the cloves get nice and soft....
Roast several vine ripened tomato halves (de-seed if you wish) in the oven with fresh thyme on top - these don't take too long to get nice and roasted...

At the same time, make a few cups of Quinoa. (See How to Cook Quinoa.)

Roughly chop the roasted tomatoes and cooked garlic cloves and add them to the Quinoa with a few teaspoons of the garlic flavored olive oil.
Add a few fresh thyme leaves and salt and pepper to season to taste.

Hope you like it as much as I do ...

Jamie Farley

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