October 4, 2015

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers


These rockin' stuffed peppers are both a fiesta for the eyes and the mouth ;) It's all starts with a delicious (and incredibly easy) Mexican-style quinoa filling with TONS of flavor... all stuffed in a pretty pepper package! By the time it takes the quinoa to cook, you can have everything prepped and ready to go. Then all you have to do is let the oven do the work! Serve them plain or with any desired toppings - guacamole is my favorite. They're so good I eat the leftovers for breakfast!



Vegan, gluten-free
Serves 4+

Ingredients
4 large bell peppers
3/4 cup dry quinoa
15 oz. can black beans
1 cup corn (I use frozen, thawed)
2 green onions
2/3 cup salsa
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
Optional additions: chipotle, tomatoes, cilantro, green chiles, garlic powder, hemp hearts
Toppings of choice: guacamole (yum!), salsa, hot sauce, etc.

Directions
Cook quinoa according to package directions with 1 1/2 cups water/broth. (I often use vegetable broth in place of water for more flavor.)
Meanwhile, halve bell peppers and remove stems, seeds and ribs.
Rinse and drain black beans, thaw corn, and slice green onions.
In a large mixing bowl, add cooked quinoa and all other ingredients except bell peppers. Stir to combine, and adjust taste if necessary (salt, more seasonings, nutritional yeast).
Preheat oven to 350.
In a lightly sprayed 9x13" baking dish, place pepper halves, and generously stuff them with the quinoa filling. Lightly press down to compact and fill all the crevices.
Cover with tin foil and bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove foil, and bake 10 minutes more.
Serve with any desired toppings.

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31 comments:

  1. I've recently become a fan of stuffed peppers and this version looks amazing! Looking forward to trying this recipe :)

    xo - Michelle
    www.borncreativeblog.com

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    1. Hi Michelle! Hope you enjoy! Stuffed peppers are such a great way to change up the dinner routine - they seem so fun and festive! ;)

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  2. what is the nutritional yeast for?

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    1. Hi Cindy! Nutritional yeast has a very nice cheesy/nutty flavor - so good! You can leave it out if you don't have it though :)

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    2. Nutritional yeast also has 8g of protein per tbsp. A great way to add protein to a vegetarian dish.

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    3. Nutritional yeast also has 8g of protein per tbsp. A great way to add protein to a vegetarian dish.

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    1. Hi Rami! Agree - it's such a nutrient-packed, versatile ingredient! :)

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  4. I made them today too!! Delish! New family fave! Thanks for a delish recipe!

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    1. Wonderful Pam! So fun to hear they're a new family favorite - thanks for the sweet message! Have a great week :)

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  5. Trying this evening...substituting the black beans for ground turkey sausage. ��

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  6. I found this recipe in my quest for dairy free dinner ideas. It is so good, thank you for sharing. We will be making these again very soon.

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    1. Hi Katie! Very nice to hear - glad you enjoyed them and are looking forward to making them again! :) Have a great week!

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  7. Is there a replacement for the yeast? I'm not familiar with it.

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    1. Nutritional yeast is found in a whole foods/health food store. It is a powdered substance that is used to mimic a cheese flavor.

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    2. Thanks for answering Jill! <3 I'd recommend trying it Shay! Otherwise you could substitute it with your favorite non-dairy cheese shreds :) Hope you enjoy!!

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  8. Has anyone prepared the filling 2days before and then put in peppers and baked?

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    1. Hi Janet! I've never done that, but I like the idea! I'm guessing the filling would do just fine cooked beforehand. Or you could also just cook the quinoa ahead of time. Would love to hear if you give it a go! :)

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  9. Do you have a calorie count on them

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    1. Hi Connie! I don't provide nutritional stats, but if you'd like to calculate your own you can try this website:
      http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
      I've heard it's pretty straightforward and easy to use. Hope that helps! :)

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  10. these are amazing. i will def add this to my recipe book! Thank YOU

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    1. Wonderful Dru! Glad you enjoyed them enough to add to your book :)

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  11. I saw this recipe and immediately wanted to try them! They are almost done cooking and they smell great. Cant wait to try them!! Thank You so much for Sharing this recipe! :)

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    1. Yay! Hope you enjoyed them the other night! We made them a few nights ago too (and I just finished the leftovers for breakfast haha.) Have a great week!

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  12. Hey there! I love stuffing my peppers w/ a quinoa mixture-and I love the idea of using nutritional yeast to keep it non-dairy while getting that flavor!

    My question is-have you ever made a bunch of these and froze a few? I am trying to fill my freezer w/ some easy healthy weeknight dinners and stuffed peppers would be a welcome addition! Thanks!

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    1. Hi!! Stuffed peppers are so fun aren't they? :) Personally I've never tried freezing them, but I've heard they do pretty well and hold their shape. Just a guess but I'd probably try freezing them before baking. Would love to hear if you give it a go and how it turns out! Have a great weekend!!

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  13. These look awesome I am a vegetarian but my fiance is not I would like to make half this way and half subbing ground beef for the beans. Do you know, should I cook the beef before filling the peppers or just add it raw and it will cook in the oven?

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    1. Hi! Definitely cook it before filling. Though I'd encourage you to try it all with beans first to see if he likes it! ;) Lots of meat-eaters end up loving it this way!

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  14. These look very tempting i am looking forward to making them. Can you tell me what nutricional yeast is. Is it like vegimite

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    1. Hi Elaine! I've never had vegemite before, but nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast with a slightly cheesy/nutty flavor - it's a great vegan substitute for cheese! It's also packed with lots of vitamins and minerals, including protein, fiber, and B12. We use it all the time! Hope you enjoy the peppers :)

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