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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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These cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers take stuffed peppers to a whole new level! They’re a healthy, protein-packed vegetarian meal!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 334kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 bell peppers any colors you like, see note
  • ¾ cup quinoa rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 carrots chopped into ¼-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped crimini mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 25 ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 15 ounce can white beans cannellini or other small white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ cups grated mozzarella cheese divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise and remove the ribs and seeds. Place the peppers, cut sides up, in a baking dish. (You may need two baking dishes to fit them all.) Set aside.
  • Place the quinoa and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover and simmer until all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until they begin to soften and brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.
  • Pour the marinara sauce into the skillet with the vegetables and stir to combine.
  • Add the beans, cooked quinoa, parsley, and ¾ cup of the mozzarella to the skillet, and stir until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Scoop the filling into each of the bell pepper halves, and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes, until the peppers have slightly softened and the filling is hot. Uncover and bake for 5 more minutes, until the cheese just begins to brown. Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Depending on the size of your peppers, you may have enough filling to fill one more pepper. Or, just enjoy the leftover filling for lunch!
  • Make Ahead Option: Peppers can be made ahead, refrigerated, and then baked when you are ready to eat. Already baked peppers also reheat well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pepper | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 822mg | Potassium: 1256mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 7940IU | Vitamin C: 165.4mg | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 5.1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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