Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

December 23, 2012




Sweet Kelly from Eat yourself Skinny is my recipe contributor. 
 She has become a sweet friend of mine and I adore everything she makes. Not only that but she takes beautiful pictures of her food and being a visual person this instantly drew me to her blog! She'll be here once a week sharing with you all and has such an amazing treat for today!!! Don't forget to check out her blog, it is filled with incredible recipes!
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"This vegetarian dish has become such a staple meal in our home as these are super filling, incredibly healthy and crazy delicious!  If you have just an hour to spare, whip these up for your family and I guarantee they’ll thank you for it.  Even the kiddos will love these, simply substitute the jalapeno for chopped bell peppers! "

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Here are your ingredients:

1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 Tbsp ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed, drained
3/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup Trader Joes Pepper Jack cheese
4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed
Salt and pepper

Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat.  Saute onion, celery and jalapeno for about 5 minutes, until soft, then add cumin and garlic and cook for an additional minute.  Stir in drained tomatoes (reserving liquid) and cook for 5 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Stir in black beans, quinoa and 1 1/2 cups water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender.  Stir in 1 cup of cheese and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and pour reserved liquid from tomatoes in the bottom of your baking dish.

Fill each halved bell pepper with 3/4 cup quinoa mixture and place in baking dish.  Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes.  Transfer stuffed bell peppers onto serving dish and drizzle pan juices over top.  Enjoy!