Quinoa or Rice Stuffed Peppers
This is a very heart friendly recipe and has no meat in it at all. Has tons of flavor and very filling. This dish freezes well for futire meals. Quinoa provides whole-grain goodness and a serving of protein. If you don't have quinoa you can use minute rice instead.
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 10mins
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finley chopped (1 cup)
- 2 celery ribs, finley chopped (1/2 cup)
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dy
- 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained, reserve liquid
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 3⁄4 cup quinoa or 3/4 cup rice
- 3 large carrots, grated (1 1/2 c)
- 1 1⁄2 cups grated reduced-fat monterey jack pepper cheese, divided
- 4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed
- Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook 5 minutes or until soft. Add Cumin and garlic, and saute for 1 minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes or until most of the liqued has evaporated.
- Stir in black beans, quinoa or rice, carrots, and 2 cups of water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Stir in 1 cup of cheese. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Preheat oven to 350. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.
- Fill each bell pepper half with heaping 3/4 c quiona mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with 1 Tbs. remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes. Transfer stuffed peppers to serving plates, and drizzle each peppers with pan juices before serving.
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We tried this recipe with rice (I precooked it and skipped the 2 cups of water) and it was delicious!!! This will become a regular menu item in our house. I've also tried it with kidney beans with excellent results. The stuffing is a great meal all on its own or inside red peppers. This dish is satisfying and well balanced and can be served as a complete meal without the need for side dishes or it can be served as a side dish itself. Wonderful. Thank you for such a great recipe.Reply