One of our favourite meals to prepare (and eat) are stuffed peppers of many varieties. They are simple to put together, kids love them, and they freeze really well for leftovers. Growing up, my mother always made us stuffed peppers and tomatoes, but in those days it was with rice and meat. When I started eating plant-based, my mother started adapting her recipe to be meat-free, and now it is a staple in her house as well. Coming from a Greek household, this is a pretty big feat. 🙂 I love all peppers, so I bought the ones which were priced the best for this recipe. You can definitely use green, or yellow. The flavours work really well with either. This is an excellent way to change up the way you eat quinoa, as I mentioned in an earlier post, it’s super delicious, nutty, and fluffy when baked in the oven. This time, I cooked the quinoa ahead of time, and tossed all the ingredients together to stuff the peppers with.
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 (19oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup cilantro, minced + 1 tablespoon for garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 cup water
- 5 bell peppers (any color), sliced in half from stem to tip, seeds and membranes removed
- Rinse quinoa well, then pour into a medium saucepan, with 1.5 cups of water and garlic powder. Stir, bring to a boil, then lower heat and cover, simmering for 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and scoop into a large bowl.
- Add olive oil to a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeño and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. Stir, continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour into the bowl of quinoa.
- Stir all ingredients well to combine.
- Pour ¼ cup water to the bottom of a 9 x 13” baking dish. Place your peppers, cut side up into the dish. Divide filling among the peppers. Cover the dish with foil, and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, then continue cooking for another 15 minutes.
- Serve peppers warm. You can drizzle them with hot sauce for some extra heat and sprinkle with fresh, chopped cilantro.
The bell peppers will be soft, but not too soft. If you would like very tender peppers, you can begin by boiling the peppers in a large pot for 5 minutes. Drain, and rinse with cold water.