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Bell Pepper Stuffed Quinoa With Mint Sauce Part 1 - Preparing The Bell Pepper And Quinoa

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I love quinoa and I wanted to make something that was flavorful and filling. The earthy, nutty flavor is complemented by a cooling mint and yogurt sauce. This recipe is a healthy dish that can be used as a side or as a light meal. It can be substituted for couscous also.
Ingredients
  Shallot 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), thinly sliced
  Freshly ground black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cumin powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Cilantro leaves 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Plain yogurt 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Mint leaves 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Yellow bell pepper 4
  Red bell pepper 4
  Quinoa 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Use As Required)
Directions

In a blender/mixture, add mint leaves along with yogurt and cumin powder. Blend until it forms a creamy consistency and set aside. Feel free to add salt and pepper according to taste.
Preheat the oven at 350 degree.
In a non-stick pan, heat oil and sauté the sliced shallot until translucent. Add water and Quinoa (please cook Quinoa according to its package instructions). Add salt and pepper (adjust quantities to taste).
Cut the bell pepper tops and discard all seeds from the inside, just so the bell peppers become like little cups to hold the Quinoa. Stuff each bell pepper with the prepared quinoa. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and place the bell peppers on it. Add fresh water to the tray, just enough that it touches the bottom of these bell peppers. This will help in even and faster cooking. To avoid burning of the bell pepper tops, place a foil paper to cover it. Place this tray in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes at 350 degree. Remove from the oven.
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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Taste: 
Savory
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Bell peppers are ideal for making appetizers and here is a recipe to make one. Aarsi shows how to make Stuffed bell peppers and serve them with Mint Sauce. In the video she begins with preparing the bell peppers and the quinoa. Watch the following video to know further steps.

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