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Quick And Easy Quinoa Stuffed Bell Pepper

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Typically, stuffed bell peppers are made with rice. I used cooked quinoa instead to increase the nutritional value of this wonderful dish. You will need ½ cup of cooked quinoa for this recipe. If you have left over cooked quinoa use it to make a delicious salad. Quinoa is showing up more and more all over the world and is considered a super food. I am including instructions on how to cook this Andean cereal below. Pick the prettiest bell peppers you can find for this. Some people like to parboil the pepper before stuffing them. I like to cook them raw because they don’t get so mushy.
Ingredients
  Bell pepper 4 Medium, washed, tops and seeds removed
  Quinoa 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), cooked
  Ground beef 1⁄2 Pound
  White onion 1 Medium, finely chopped
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), minced
  Chili pepper 1 Medium, seeded, membrane removed, minced
  Parsley 1 Tablespoon, chopped
  Cumin 1 Teaspoon
  Worcestershire sauce 1 Teaspoon
  Tomato sauce 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Garlic powder 1 Teaspoon
  Oregano 1 Teaspoon, crushed
  Basil 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crushed
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper powder 1 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Parmesan cheese 1 Tablespoon, shredded (for garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
MAKING
2. Heat some olive oil in a pan. Add the onion and cook until translucent – about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chili pepper, parsley and cumin. Mix well and cook for a minute. Add the ground beef and cook until almost completely cooked through. Remove from heat.
3. Place the cooked quinoa and meat in a bowl. Add the Worcestershire sauce and 1 cup of the tomato sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
4. Place the bell peppers in an oven proof dish. They have to fit snugly in order not to fall over. Fill them with the quinoa and meat.
5. Mix the remaining tomato sauce, garlic powder, oregano and basil. Season with a little salt and pepper. Top the peppers with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese for garnish.
6. Place the peppers in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes until peppers are softened and filling is heated through.
SERVING
7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
Servings: 
4
If you are bored of eating the same old stuffed bell peppers over and again, here’s a pleasant change for you. Bell pepper stuffed with quinoa is an unbelievably tasty and healthy way to enjoy this classic dish. Savory, quick, and easy, this scrummy vegetarian dish is ideal for a picnic, potluck, or even special meals at home. Follow the video to learn how to make this dish.

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