Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa


Can you tell that I LOVE Quinoa???  It is so much healthier than rice.  I was surprised that even my hubby loves it and prefers it over rice.

My grandmother made the BEST stuffed bell peppers.  We all have her recipe but they just never test the same.  So we have been trying out different versions and this one was a hit.

Seriously! Such an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 bell peppers halfed length wise, ribs removed
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 pound grown turkey or ground beef (I use Morningstar Crumbles)
1 small onion
1 14 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
1 7oz can diced green chili
1 14 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
1 TB taco seasoning
1/2 TB cumin
1/2 TB olive oil
1/2 cup mozzarella shredded cheese
3/4 cup water

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook until translucent ( about 3 minutes). Add in meat and cook until browned. Drain any excess grease.
2. Add in black beans, tomatoes, green chilies, water, quinoa, cumin, taco seasoning, salt and pepper if desired. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa is done.
3. Heat oven to 375. Place peppers in 13 x 9 baking dish. Spoon in filling and top with grated cheese. Cover pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and serve with sour cream or salsa (optional).

Enjoy!  Let me know what you think, if you try them.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Courtsey of : I Heart Nap Time

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