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New Recipe Sunday! Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

01 July 2012

I recently decided to switch to a vegetable-heavy diet (for Mr. Collier) and a vegetarian diet for me after watching several documentaries on the health benefits to such a lifestyle [more on that later]. In doing so I am really excited to start trying new recipes such as this one. Thanks to Shape Magazine and their awesome recipe finder tool, I stumbled across Quinoa-stuffed peppers. Two weeks ago I tasted quinoa for the first time from Whole Foods' hot bar. This recipe blends protein rich quinoa with beans and onion. I made a few substitutions after examining my pantry and refrigerator but the essence, I believe is still the same [green peppers for red, added mushrooms and removed carrots and spinach]. Did I mention that this would be a challenge for me? I am horrible at following instructions let alone recipes and if my previous description wasn't enough to convince you (all my subs), you'll just have to wait and see!

To begin, I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. Then boiled 1 and 1/3rd cup of water and 1/3 cup of washed quinoa together for about 15 minutes. The things looked like they were sprouting!

In the meantime, I heated about a tablespoon or so of EVOO (thanks Rachel Ray) in a skillet and added my chopped onion. Spices (chili powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and cumin) were added too. Then I added my mushrooms and kidney beans to cook for about 5 minutes.

After all the water was absorbed from the cooking quinoa, I added the quinoa to the bean mixture. I then prepared the green bell pepper by cutting off the tops and taking out the seeds/core. After looking through my kitchen, I thought a bread pan would do the trick for the cooking phase. This recipe calls for adding some water to the bottom of the pan. 

I stuffed the peppers with the mixture and placed them in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the peppers were tender.  

Then I added some cheese. We had some chipotle cheddar cheese so I shredded that and placed the cheese on top of the peppers. I melted the cheese for 5 minutes in the oven and then they were done!

So far, I've only tasted the remaining stuffing mixture. And it is absolutely delicious! Seriously it could stand alone and can only get better stuffed in a pepper with cheese! WIN!

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