A slightly time consuming recipe, but well worth the effort! The tomatoes are packed with protein-rich quinoa, fresh corn, and spicy chiles — all topped with melty cheese. Delicious served as a side or as a meatless meal.
2 poblano chiles
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 ears)
1 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp salt, divided
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
6 large ripe tomatoes (about 4 lbs)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup water
1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
1. Preheat broiler to high.
2. Cut the chiles in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place chile halves, skin side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel chiles. Coarsely chop chiles; place in a bowl. Add corn and onion to pan; broil 10 minutes, stirring twice. Add corn mixture to chopped chiles; stir in oregano, oil, lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cumin, and black pepper.
3. Cut tops off tomatoes; set aside. Carefully scoop out tomato pulp, leaving shells intact. Drain pulp through a sieve over a bowl, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract liquid. Reserve 1 1/4 cups liquid, and discard remaining liquid. Sprinkle tomatoes with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Invert tomatoes on a wire rack; let stand 30 minutes. Dry insides of tomatoes with a paper towel.
4. Place quinoa in a fine sieve, and place sieve in a large bowl. Cover quinoa with water. Using your hands, rub the grains together for 30 seconds; rinse and drain. Repeat the procedure twice. Drain well. Combine reserved tomato liquid, quinoa, 1/4 cup water, and the remaining salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Add quinoa mixture to corn mixture; toss well.
5. Preheat oven to 350°.
6. Spoon about 3/4 cup corn mixture into each tomato. Divide cheese evenly among tomatoes. Place tomatoes and tops, if desired, on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Preheat broiler. Broil the tomatoes 1 1/2 minutes or until cheese melts. Place tomato tops on tomatoes, if desired.
Yield: 6 servings (320 calories, 11.2 g total fat, 4.1 g saturated fat, 13.4 g protein, 46.3 g carbohydrate, 8.8 g fiber, 17 mg cholesterol)
Cooking Light, June 2012