southwest quinoa stuffed peppers

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my husband made a subtle little request for stuffed bell peppers the other day, and he is such a good sport with all of my vegan tinkering that i had to oblige. stuffed peppers usually involve meat and i wasn’t sure how i was going to pull it off, but i decided to go with a more southwest theme for this dish. i added a little cheese on top for him, but mine were wonderful without. if you are using cheese, sprinkle a little in the bottom of the pepper before filling, and then top them off with a little more. this recipe can fill 6 bell peppers easily.

ingredients:

  1. 3/4 cup quinoa
  2. 1 carrot, grated or chopped into tiny bits
  3. 1 3/4 cups water
  4. 1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  5. 1 cup of cooked corn
  6. 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  7. 1 small serrano pepper, diced
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. 1 tablespoon cumin seed
  10. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  11. 1 teaspoon paprika
  12. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  13. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  14. 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  15. juice of 1 lime
  16. 6 bell peppers, cored and seeded
  17. optional cheddar or jack cheese for topping

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. in a medium saucepan combine the quinoa, carrot and water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat & simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes
  3. in a skillet or sauce pan heat the olive oil over medium heat and add in the onion & serrano pepper. heat until onion is golden, about 5 minutes. add in the cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano & salt and heat until fragrant, about another 2 minutes
  4. add in the tomatoes and lime juice to the onion & pepper, and bring to a boil. simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 6 minutes
  5. add in the black beans and corn to the onion & tomato and then stir in the cooked quinoa and mix everything together
  6. fill each seeded/cored bell pepper with the quinoa filling and place the peppers in a lightly oiled casserole. cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes

the end.

 

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