Spicy Quinoa Stuffed Pepper Recipe

imageFresh bell peppers stuffed with ground turkey, quinoa and vegetables; seasoned with Cajun spice.

Though rice has its health benefits, I decided to switch it up and use quinoa for my spinoff of the classic stuffed pepper. Quinoa is known for being nutritious, its high fiber content, as well as being a complete protein. It’s also low GI and gluten free. When cooking or baking, it can make a great alternative to rice, lentils, or oats.

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Fresh bell peppers stuffed with ground turkey, quinoa and vegetables; seasoned with Cajun spice.

imageINGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup chicken broth (no salt)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 5 bell peppers
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons premade Cajun seasoning
  • Dash of Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a large pan on medium heat, add oil.
  3. Dice onion and add to pan, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl combine pre-made Cajun spice and ground turkey, combine thoroughly.
  5. Add meat mixture and ½ cup chicken broth to the pan and cook fully.
  6. Dice carrot and mince the garlic. Add both to pan for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the cooked quinoa to the pan and thoroughly combine the filling mixture.
  8. Cut the tops of the bell peppers and clean out middles of any seeds.
  9. In a 9’’ x 9’’ pan, spread a layer of tomato sauce and ½ cup of chicken broth.
  10. Stuff each pepper, filling completely. Place each pepper into the 9’’x9’’ pan.
  11. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the stuffed peppers.
  12. Cover peppers with tin foil and place on middle rack in the oven.
  13. Cook for 35 minutes.

Enjoy!

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