Featured Recipe: Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup celery (2 stalks), chopped
  • 1 cup red or yellow onion (one medium), chopped
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup carrots (one dozen baby carrots), chopped
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 28 ounce can petite diced tomatoes (drain, saving liquid)
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup quinoa, rinsed to remove bitter coating
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
  • 4 large bell peppers, halved from top to bottom, ribs and seeds removed

Takes , serves 8.

Instructions

  1. In a large pot warm olive oil. Add celery and onion and cook 5 minutes to soften the vegetables.
  2. Add garlic, pepper and cumin to pot and cook 1 minute.
  3. Add carrots, spinach, tomatoes, beans, rinsed quinoa and water to pot and cook 20 minutes. Quinoa should start to soften. Stir in ½ cup cheese (save other ½ cup for later).
  4. Pour reserved tomato juice into a pan large enough to hold 8 pepper halves. Spoon bean mixture into peppers.
  5. Cover pan with foil and cook in 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.
  6. Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle peppers with cheese and return pan to oven uncovered for cheese to bubble, about 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy the stuffed peppers with a green salad. This recipe can also be adapted to use as filling with whole grain tortillas. Enjoy!

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