Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Recipe: What is Quinoa?


 
  Quinoa is all the talk these days in the "health world" and for good reason!  Because of it's high protein count (including 9 essential amino acids) and it's low glycemic index, it has become a healthier alternative for rice/grains and used in various other ways to "enhance" nutrition in recipes.  Some other benefits of Quinoa is it's high fiber content which keeps one feeling "full" throughout the day, minerals and it's gluten-free!
 
So, what exactly is Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah")?  Although it is commonly mistaken for a grain, Quinoa is technically the seed of a leafy plant first used in South America by the ancient Indians.  More recently, after learning of its super-nutritional contents, it began being cultivated in the 1980'a near Boulder, Colorado.  In the last couple of years, its popularity has exploded!
 
I began cooking with Quinoa early last year, since discovering all of its awesomeness and I LOVE it!  My favorite part about Quinoa is it's flexibility.  Seriously, I had it in pizza dishes (Quinoa Pizza Bites), breakfast dishes and even desserts (Cinnamon Quinoa Bars)!  Today I am going to share with you one of my more recent recipes using Quinoa...
 
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
4 medium pepper (any color)
2 cups of cooked Quinoa
1/2 pound cooked ground turkey
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
3/4 cup salsa
3/4 cup black beans (optional)
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 finely chopped small onion

Directions
1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.

2.  Cut peppers in half and scrape out all the "insides" leaving a hollow shell.

3.  Brown the ground turkey and cook the Quinoa according to the directions on the box.  One variation on the Quinoa is I like to use vegetable broth in place of water while preparing it.  I think this gives the Quinoa a bit more flavor!

4.  Combines all ingredients and mix well.  Stuff each pepper with the mixture and place on a baking dish.

5.  Bake the peppers until the top starts to become a crispy brown.  This usually takes about 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!!

22 comments:

  1. I love stuffed peppers, this sounds absolutely delicious! Thank You for the recipe!

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  2. I make a similar recipe like this and love it! I am going to make this version tonight, sounds delicious!

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  3. Delish!! Keep meaning to try quinoa & this totally sealed the deal!

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  4. Stuffed Peppers is one of my favorite meals. You can do so much with them. I don't think many people realize that....I have even stuffed it with Tuna Salad, cheese, and baked it with bread crumbs on top...it was amazing!

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  5. I haven't made stuffed peppers in ages, but have to admit that these look more appealing to me than the classic meat and rice ones. Love quinoa!

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  6. I have never made anyting with quinoa really need to start mainly due to the benefits.

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  7. Your recipes always look delicious! I haven't tried Quinoa but now I'm tempted to go buy some.

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  8. I've never heard of it, can you tell me a little about the texture? Is is sort of like rice?

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    1. It is sort of like rice and used in MANY dishes as a rice replacement. I've also seen it cooked into an oatmeal consistency as well. There is just so much you can do with it!

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  9. I love stuffed peppers. Not sure that I have ever heard of Quinoa, but I am always up for something new...especially if it's healthy. :) I wonder if these could be done in the crockpot?

    Dawn

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    1. Definitely, my next adventure with these is trying it in the crockpot. The peppers in the crockpot turn out much more tender!

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  10. Now that I understand what it is better I may have to go and get some. I love stuffed peppers so this recipe is a great one to try it in, thanks!

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  11. Thank you... I had no clue what Quinoa was... lol... I def. have to check it out now!

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  12. Oh, that looks great....quinoa's pretty healthy too

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  13. I am not a big pepper fan, but these sound awesome. I love Quinoa! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Oh yum! This sounds awesome! Definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for the welcome to Social Fabric too!

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  15. I love the bell peppers but have only stuffed them once. And have never even hear of quinoa. I'm curious now though!

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  16. I make mine different. They're kind of plain but these look fantastic! I'll have to try these thanks =D

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  17. Everyone keeps saying I should eat Quinoa, but I just can't get into it! This might be worth a try though!

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  18. I have heard of Quinoa, but never tried it, but this recipe looks like something I could do!

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  19. We love Quinoa, it is easy to use and so healthy, just wish it was in more stores and easier to find. I can only find it at Walmart and I do not get there often as it is too far to drive.

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  20. These look AWESOME! I actually have Quinoa in my cabinet from Trader Joes I haven't used yet. I need to make this! PINNING!

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