Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers: A Wholesome and Flavorful Delight

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Introduction:

Indulge in the delightful combination of vibrant bell peppers, protein-rich quinoa, and a medley of vegetables with this satisfying Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe. Bursting with colors, flavors, and wholesome ingredients, this dish is a nutritious choice that will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied. Whether you’re looking for a tasty vegetarian main course or a hearty side dish, these stuffed bell peppers are sure to impress both your taste buds and your guests.

Ingredients:

  • 4 bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. Place them in a baking dish.
  2. Rinse quinoa under cold water and drain. In a saucepan, bring vegetable broth to a boil. Add quinoa, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until fragrant and translucent.
  4. Add diced zucchini, grated carrot, cooked black beans, and diced tomatoes to the skillet. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Stir in cooked quinoa, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  6. Spoon the quinoa mixture into the bell peppers, filling them to the top.
  7. Place the stuffed bell peppers in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the peppers are tender and slightly charred.
  8. Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.
  9. Serve the Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers as a flavorful and nutritious main dish or as a side dish.
  10. Enjoy this wholesome and satisfying recipe that’s loaded with colorful vegetables and protein-rich quinoa.

Note: Feel free to add grated cheese on top of the stuffed bell peppers before baking for an extra indulgent touch. You can also customize the recipe by adding your favorite herbs and spices to suit your taste preferences.