Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

(Adapted from Feb 2009 Vegetarian Times) Serves 4.

1 Tbs olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 clove minced garlic
5 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 15oz can diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
7 oz canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 + cup quinoa, rinsed
2 medium carrots, grate
1 c vegetable broth
3/4 c pepper jack cheese, grated, divided
2 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed

Saute onion in EVOO until soft.  Add cumin and garlic, saute about 1 min.  Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes.  Cook about 5 minutes or until all the liquid has cooked off.  Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots and vegetable broth. 

Pepper Stuffing.... Veggies and Quinoa

Pepper Stuffing.... Veggies and Quinoa

Cover, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low, simmer 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350.  Pour reserved liquid from tomatoes into bottom of baking dish.  When quinoa mixture is done, stir in 1/2 c cheese.  Fill each pepper half with a quarter of the quinoa mixture and place in baking dish. 

Going Into the Oven

Going Into the Oven

Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.  Uncover, sprinkle each pepper with remaining cheese and bake 15 minutes more, until tops are browned.  Let stand 5 minutes, drizzle each with pan juices before serving.

Time to Eat!

Time to Eat!

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4 Responses

  1. yum!!!! this looks great!!
    -A

  2. Thanks, Alison! I’ll definitely be making this soon. I need a introduction to quinoa, and this looks like a perfect way to ease myself in gently.

  3. Recipe review time!
    I skipped the black beans and quinoa bc we just had the same mixture in the chili on Friday….so I added black eyed peas, and used fresh spinach

    will let you know after baking!

    MMMM smells good though

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