Recipe: Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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When the team gets together for family dinner, it’s all about one thing: comfort. We work so hard during the day that the sound of a glass of wine being poured at the start of the meal is music to our ears. Personally, the sound of the sauté pan working its magic is a lullaby for my stress of the day.

Last week, I shared my recipe for shrimp scampi over a bed of roasted red pepper pasta. This week, it took me a little while longer to decide on what to make. (Being a Libra, decision-making has never been my strength!) I knew it had to be healthy, easy and colorful. I love love love red and orange bell peppers. So alas, we feasted on stuffed peppers.

Everyone makes stuffed peppers differently. I chose to gather inspiration from the Southwest. The addition of corn, a jalapeno and taco seasoning made this dish shine like a Tex-Mex diamond. You can make this extra delicious using a low-fat cheese. There are pre-packaged mélanges of cheeses in the dairy section of your grocery store.  Don’t be afraid to substitute your sour cream with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Your taste buds will not know the difference!

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What you need:

1 lb ground turkey

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

1 cup cooked quinoa

9 bell peppers , cored, with the top cut off

1 can of corn (size is up to you!)

1 package of Taco seasoning

2 cups low-fat shredded cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

Greek yogurt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees
  2. Place peppers in deep casserole dish, set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm olive oil.
  4. Add garlic and onions and sauté until onions are translucent.
  5. In the meantime, chop up the tops of the peppers and add to pan.
  6. Add jalapeno.
  7. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.
  8. Add taco seasoning, ¾ of the cheese and corn. Stir until combined.
  9. Fill peppers with filling and top with cheese.
  10. Add ½ cup of water into casserole dish (this will help steam the peppers!)
  11. Bake until peppers are soft to touch (about 20 minutes)

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Bon Appetit!

Lindsay