Recipe – Zucchini with Quinoa Stuffing

½ cup quinoa, rinsed

½ cup almonds, chopped

4 medium zucchini

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed

1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered

4 tablespoons olive oil

¾ cup grated Parmesan flavored soy topping

Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large saucepan, combine the quinoa and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Arrange in a large baking dish, cut-side up. Fluff the quinoa and fold in the beans, tomatoes, almonds, garlic, ½ cup of the Parmesan, and 3 tablespoons of the oil. Spoon the mixture into the zucchini. Top with the remaining tablespoon of oil and ¼ cup parmesan. Cover with foil and bake until the zucchini is tender, 25-30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Quinoa—(keen-wa)—is the king of grains, a perfect protein with a wide range of amino acids. It has approximately 17 percent high quality protein. It can be used as a cereal, in place of rice, or use the flour.