Tomatoes with Vegan Pesto - 1 Guiding Stars
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The flavor of perfectly ripe tomatoes is brought out by broiling and garnished with an easy pesto. This is the ideal appetizer for a late summer shindig. Look for local tomatoes for the freshest flavor.

Tip: Tomatoes ripen towards the end of grilling season. If you have a grill pan, you can also make these on the grill.



  • 3 cups fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup olive oil

Broiled Tomatoes:

  • 4 medium tomatoes, cored and halved
  • 5 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. panko breadcrumbs


  1. Process all pesto ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Place oven rack in the top position and turn broiler to high.
  3. Place tomatoes cut-side up in a baking dish. Divide pesto evenly between tomatoes and top with breadcrumbs. Broil until breadcrumbs are browned and pesto is bubbling (3-5 minutes).
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 190; Total Fat 17g (22% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV); Sodium 15mg (1% DV); Total Carbohydrate 7g (3% DV); Dietary Fiber 2.5g (7% DV); Total Sugars 2g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 4g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 2% DV; Iron 6% DV; Potassium 8% DV; Vitamin B12 250% DV; Thiamin 220% DV; Riboflavin 190% DV.
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