Quinoa Stuffed Pepper

Marcy Walls


My Grandson has Autism. His mom decided to change his diet. She cut out all the sugar and starches and started cooking foods that were healthy. She put him on a gluten free diet, fresh fruits and veggies. Quinoa was also a favorite of his, so when he would visit I wanted to find new ways to prepare his meals, since it was so restricted. The Quinoa stuffed pepper was one of the first recipes I cooked for him and he loved it. You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this healthy version of the original stuffed pepper. This is such a hearty meal you won't even notice that it's meatless.


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15 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


  • 1
    med onion finely chopped (1cup)
  • 2 tblsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2cup
    celery finely chopped
  • 1 tblsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 tblsp
    minced garlic
  • 1 10oz pkg
    frozen chopped spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 15 Oz ca
    diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 15oz can
    black beans, rinced and drained
  • 3/4 cup
  • 1 1/2 cup
    carrots (grated)
  • 1 1/2 cups
    shredded monterey jack cheese divided
  • 4 lg
    bell pepper (any color) cut in half ribs removed

How to Make Quinoa Stuffed Pepper


  1. Heat oil in saucepan over med heat. Add onion, celery and cook for 5 min.
  2. Add cumin and garlic and sauté 1 min.Stir in Spinach and drained tomatoes, cook until most of the liquid is evaporated.
  3. Stir in blk beans, quinoa,carrots and 2 c water. Cover, bring to a boil reduce heat and cook for 20 min or until quinoa is tender.
  4. Stir in one cup of cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. Pour liquid from tomatoes in the bottom of baking dish.
  6. Fill each bell pepper half w/ heaping 3/4c of mixture, place in baking dish cover with foil, bake 1hr, uncover
  7. Sprinkle each pepper w/1tblsp remaining cheese. Bake another 15 min uncovered until tops are browned.
  8. Let stand 5 min. Transfer peppers to a serving dish and drizzle each pepper with pan juices before serving.

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About Quinoa Stuffed Pepper

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy

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