I love stuffed green peppers and have often seen them made using a rice and ground beef base. Quinoa is not only a great plant based protein source but it is an awesome rice substitute within a recipe. I will often use brown rice and ground turkey in my peppers, but if I ever want to shake things up a bit, I love to use quinoa!
On one of my Pinterest explorations a couple years back, I found a recipe for a quinoa stuffed pepper made with black beans, spinach, and feta. I decide to try it! http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=469434
We loved it but we noticed that the peppers were too hard to cut through when eating. I read in one of the comments about how boiling the peppers will make them just soft enough to cut through but not too soggy! Ever since reading that comment, I have always pre-boiled my peppers before stuffing and baking them. You don’t need to boil them for very long, maybe about 10-15 minutes depending on how many you are using.
Over time, I decided to give this recipe a bit more Mexican flare and change some things! I use a homemade taco seasoning from another recipe I found on Pinterest. http://www.5dollardinners.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/#ixzz375wDDUhq
This recipe calls for…
- 1 part chili powder
- 1 part ground cumin
- 1 part garlic powder
- 1 part onion powder
- 1/4 – 1/2 part crushed red pepper
When making this seasoning, I like to make a large amount to keep in the pantry. I usually make the “1 part” = 1 tablespoon. I store this mixture in a small plastic container with my other spices and then pull it out whenever I am making a Mexican dish!
My stuffed peppers are LOADED with veggies! I love to count and see how many veggies I can fit into one recipe. This one…6+!! Talk about nutritious and delicious!!
I like to use yummy local or organic salsa and tons of spinach! I will usually use whatever veggies I have laying around the house. For this batch, I didn’t have my usual cilantro and zucchini add-ins but I did have mushrooms…why not?! Still tasted great!
Ingredients Instructions Notes 8 grams of protein
8 grams of protein
Phil loves it when I mix in leftover turkey taco meat! It is a great way to add some protein and make the meal more filling. Enjoy!!