Recipe: Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Over the past few weeks, I’ve dug out not one, not TWO but three new recipes on pinterest. This is probably a record for me since I’ve started pinning and definitely since Ethan was born ten months ago. I always say I’m going to try x number of new recipes each month/quarter/year and usually I fall woefully short and end up scraping the idea like the long gone moldy leftovers in the fridge. But this one is a happy blend of healthy, hearty and leans a touch on the “paleo” side which Adam keeps wanting to try.

I shared one recipe a couple weeks ago, it was tres yum, but this one, well this is easy peasy and equally as delish. I changed the recipe a touch, but here’s where the inspiration came from.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

1 can diced tomatoes (fire roasted with green chiles)
1/2 c. corn salsa
2 c. quinoa (cooked. I use the frozen precooked type from Trader Joes because I’m a. lazy and b. can never cook quinoa right except in the microwave. Leave the “OMG THE MICROWAVE IS SO BAD FOR YOU” lectures at the door plskthx)
1 onion diced
4 peppers of your choice (I used 2 red and 2 green)
1/4 c. cilantro shredded (estimate. Add to taste)
1 can black beans
Cheese (be generous 🙂 )
chorizo, cubed. We added 4 links.

1. Cut tops off peppers, scoop out seeds, set aside.
2. Mix together cooked quinoa, salsa, black beans, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. 

quinoa stuffed peppers
3. Add quinoa mixture to inside of peppers and top with your favorite cheese

quinoa stuffed peppers
Cover with tinfoil
Bake in square casserole dish 20-25 minutes covered with tinfoil. Remove tinfoil for last five minutes.

quinoa stuffed peppers

Finally, enjoy!

We’ve made this recipe twice in the past couple of weeks, altering it both times. The first time, we didn’t add chorizo (I couldn’t find any), the second time, I ran out of cilantro. Both recipes were delicious. The great thing about recipes like this is that you can alter them to your own liking. Adam likes his spicier than I like mine

We had plenty of leftovers of the filling with this recipe so you can either make a couple of extra stuffed peppers, or I really liked enjoying the stuffing with some chips as a snack. Nom.