Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

The other day I was deciding what to have for dinner, and the options were pretty slim. All my “dinner” meat was in the freezer and I was feeling a bit lazy. I did have a bit of leftover quinoa and peas from the night before (plus a few bacon strips from breakfast), so it hit me; why not make Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers for dinner, using my leftovers?!

Just like that, a delicious meal was born. I was so happy with how they turned out, and can foresee this becoming my newΒ go-to healthy meal of choice.

I realize that all of you may not have cooked quinoa and peas laying around – so I’ve added a recipe below for you to give this deliciousness a try.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 6 servings (I only wanted to make three, so I cut the ingredients in half)

Ingredients:

    • 3 cups cooked quinoa
    • 1 cup frozen peas, cooked (you could also use corn kernels – but I didn’t have any)
    • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 2 stripes of cooked of bacon (omit for vegetarian option)
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
    • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 6 bell peppers, tops cut and seeded

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, peas, tomatoes, cheese, caramelized onions, garlic, onion salt, chili powder, and pepper, to taste.
  • Fill each bell pepper with the quinoa mixture. Place on baking dish, right side up. Sprinkle the top of each pepper with additional cheese and bacon bits.
  • Bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through (about 25-30 minutes).
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

xo
V.

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6 Comments

  1. January 14, 2015 / 5:18 am

    so tasty πŸ™‚

    • January 17, 2015 / 12:52 am

      Yes! Tasty and healthy – the perfect combination πŸ˜‰

    • January 17, 2015 / 12:51 am

      They’re great Amy! Let me know if you end up making them πŸ™‚

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