My first attempt with this lovely grain was such a pleasant surprise. I was expecting more of an oatmeal consistency, but found it soft and smooth. This is one new item I am going to get very attached to.
I skipped one of the steps by complete accident but found that it worked probably just as good if not better than the directions. Will give it a second go with the original recipe directions soon. (As you can see I added the Quinoa directly into the dish versus boiling and putting in after.) Saved a step this way too.
I absolutely love red bell peppers, but you could also make this as a side dish and serve with some pita toasts or Naan bread. Pop in some smoked Paprika for some variation as well. Mmmm!
Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Adapted from Vegetarian Time
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 8-oz. pkg. mushrooms, stems removed and saved for another use and caps sliced very thin
1/2 of a poblano pepper, diced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 – 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
1 – 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups grated carrot
1 1/2 cups grated reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, divided
4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed
Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and poblano pepper and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.
Stir in quinoa, carrots, and 1 3/4 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Combine quinoa and carrots with black beans, 1 cup of cheese, and the onion mixture from the first step, . Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.
Fill each bell pepper half with heaping 3/4-cup quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 40 minutes. Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with 1 tablespoon of remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes more, or until tops of stuffed peppers are browned. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer stuffed peppers to serving plates, and drizzle each with pan juices before serving.
Like I said, this was really a pleasant surprise. So much so that I have found many new items for summer salads and dishes that I will be sharing here soon.
Til then, eat well, sleep well and enjoy this gorgeous spring.
My apron of choice……my Napa Ruffle.