This recipe is one of my go to recipes when I want something hearty and healthy for dinner. I do not eat a lot of red meat, but sometimes it really hits the spot.
Quinoa stuffed peppers is by far my favorite ground beef recipe (other than tacos…maybe). The original Quinoa stuffed pepper recipe I found was actually a vegetarian recipe. I must have been craving red meat the night I made it because I added the ground beef and never looked back. To this day, I have not tried the original recipe.
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Serving: 4 large peppers
- 4 large peppers
- 1 1b. of lean ground beef
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 c. of Quinoa
- 2 c. of water
- 1- 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
- 1- 12 oz. jar of salsa
- cheddar cheese
Pre-heat the oven to 325. Bring 1 cup of Quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil, cook Quinoa for approximately 15 minutes. Steam 4 large peppers until they are soft, but not limp. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Once it has browned add chopped onion, garlic, diced tomatoes (reserve the juice) and salsa. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Fold in Quinoa. Next, place the peppers in a baking dish and fill with Quinoa mixture. Top with cheddar cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes.
*To make this dish vegetarian, simply replace the ground beef with 1/2 lb. of mushrooms or veggies of your choice.
This week, I am linking to 33 Shades of Green: Tasty Tuesday