This is a delicious and nutritious quinoa stuffed pepper recipe seasoned with a dash of balsamic vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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Quinoa stuffed pepper recipe

I don’t know if this year’s long and cold winter is causing me to react this way but bright and colorful vegetables are all I seem to want these days. Maybe my body needs a vitamin injection from all the days I have been spending indoors… I admit to being a hermit lately.

When I first thought of making a quinoa stuffed pepper recipe, I was going to bake all of the ingredients together. But then I thought about the texture of the quinoa (see how to cook quinoa); just like overcooked pasta or rice, it can make or break a good dish. Okay, so it won’t be as quick and easy as I had planned, but these quinoa stuffed peppers are worth the extra few steps because they are seriously good and texturally perfect!

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Quinoa has been a huge trend in the health and culinary world lately. Whenever I cook with one such ingredient, I test it on Ben since he is the ideal candidate; skeptical of things that are trending with a slight allergy to hippies and extreme diet followers, he will straight up tell me if my cooking tastes like a pair of used Birkenstocks. If I hear a mmmm come out of his mouth after hearing how much he dislikes quinoa, I know I have a winning dish – and yes, these quinoa stuffed peppers did the trick 🙂

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This stuffed pepper recipe may be more of a side than a main but is quite filling nonetheless. That evening, I served it with steak and kale with mustard sauce and all the flavors were in harmony. It was also just the right amount of food to fill us up but not to the point where we had to unbutton our pants. The balsamic vinegar adds a touch of sweetness to the overall savory peppers and keeps the flavors light and summery.

Dishes to serve with this quinoa stuffed pepper recipeWhite bean and swiss chard soupspicy tomato and sweet potato soupSpaghetti squash with mushrooms and parmesan.

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Quinoa Stuffed Pepper Recipe

This is a delicious and nutritious quinoa stuffed pepper recipe seasoned with a dash of balsamic vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 peppers 1x
  • Category: Side, Snack
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Healthy, Easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 large bell peppers (cored and seeded. Tops removed and reserved)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup kale (ribs removed and finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 6 cherry tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • handful cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1 stalk celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400Fº.
  2. Cook quinoa according to direction on the package (or see ‘how to cook quinoa’)
  3. Cover cookie tray with foil and lay pepper tops and bottom. Cook for 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium size pan over high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil, thyme, garlic, onions and kale. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until kale is tender.
  5. Turn the heat off and add white wine vinegar. Mix well and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  6. In a large mixing bowl add quinoa, walnuts, tomatoes, cilantro and celery. Mix well.
  7. Add cooked kale mixture and stir well.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and balsamic vinegar, stir well and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Stuff each pepper with the mixture and top with pepper lid. Serve warm.

Notes

This Quinoa Stuffed Pepper Recipe Is:
Low in saturated fat
Cholesterol free
Very low in sodium
Very high in magnesium
Very high in phosphorus
Very high in vitamin A
Very high in vitamin C

Nutrition

  • Calories: 920
  • Sugar: 17.6
  • Sodium: 58
  • Fat: 27.9
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5
  • Carbohydrates: 140.6
  • Fiber: 21.4
  • Protein: 31.3
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