Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

 

This recipe has been on my mind ever since I discovered the goodness of quinoa. It’s fairly easy to assemble and can even be baked beforehand. I have used green bell peppers but you can make these more colorful with orange/ red/ yellow ones. This is a good substitute for traditional stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner especially if you are entertaining  vegetarians. We had it for our TG dinner last week and everyone loved it. 

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Level : Easy
Cuisine: Main Course
Serves : 3


Ingredients

 

2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup diced onions
1 cup diced, boiled potatoes
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup cilantro
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp basil powder
1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt and pepper as per taste
green chilies optional
1 cup grated mozzarella / cheddar cheese
3 Bell peppers ( any color ) , medium size

 

Directions



Cook quinoa as per package instructions.Heat oil in a skillet. Add onions, potatoes, basil powder. Saute for a minute on medium heat. Add quinoa, cilantro, lime juice, green chillies, walnut, garam masala, salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients nicely.


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Cut peppers from the top


Fill with spice mix above layering with shredded mozzarella. I put 1 tablespoon of quinoa mix and 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese layering until the bell pepper is filled to the top. Make sure to spoon some cheese on the top before covering the peppers with lids.


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Ready to be baked

 

Bake at 350 F ( 175 C ) for 30 minutes.


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Enjoy with your favorite soup.

 

Cooking suggestions

 

Cooked brown/ white rice or home made paneer can be used instead of quinoa.

 

Nutrition

 

Quinoa is rich in proteins, magnesium, dietary fiber, iron and Vitamin B-6.
Bell peppers are an excellent source of Vitamin C.

 

 

 

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