Quinoa black bean stuffed peppers

50914145_10155899442611643_2657130140995158016_nIts almost end of January, so how are those new year resolutions coming? I love how everyone keeps me motivated by sharing their little victories. I also go to a gym called burn boot camp here since I moved and it has really kept me on my toes. Motivated to eat better and workout 6 days a week. It has really kept me on track this month with my eating goals. I have been making swaps for healthier foods and having little non-scale victories for myself.

I love quinoa and its very important to have this in a diet if you are vegetarian. It is great for supporting weight loss and management, it has protein, fiber and minerals. I know it has unique texture, but it is very bland and absorbs all the flavors that you add to it. I love making different varieties of stuffings to add to veggies and baking them into deliciousness.

I love mexican food with a kick and since I cant have real mexican food due to my low carb/healthy diet, I try to twist healthy dishes with mexican flavors. Seriously, this stuff is so good! definitely hits the spot when you are craving mexican. I love stuffed peppers because it gives everyone their own individual pepper that is stuffed to the brim with goodness.

This dish is very easy to make and you can whip this up in 20 minutes. these are good last minute meal options or can be prepped ahead of time for gatherings. You can add any meats/toppings you like to your stuffed peppers. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did!

Ingredients:

3 large bell peppers (any color you want)

1 cup cooked quinoa (can be made ahead of time/or instantly in instant pot – high pressure cook for 3 minutes)

1 large onion chopped finely

1-2 jalapenos chopped finely

1 tomato chopped finely

1 tbsp garlic finely chopped

1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)

1/2 tbsp chili powder (adjust to your comfort level)

1 tbsp cumin-coriander powder

1/2 tbsp lime juice

salt to taste

1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped

1/2 cup chopped bell pepper

1 avocado sliced

1/2 tbsp of EVOO

51048623_10155899442541643_7609217224145895424_nMethod:

  1. Cook the quinoa ahead of time or you can cook them instantly in instant pot on high pressure for 3 minutes with seal closed while you are prepping the vegetables.
  2. In a large skilled, add EVOO. Once hot add chopped jalapenos, garlic, onion, tomato. Saute until translucent. Add chopped onion and bell pepper. Saute for couple minutes. Add all the seasonings (salt, cumin-coriander powder, chili powder). Mix well and add black beans and cooked quinoa to the veggies. Saute for 1-2 minutes and turn off the heat. Top the stuffing off with lime juice and chopped cilantro. 50807588_10155899442481643_7561735978436526080_n
  3. Prep the bell peppers and scoop the mixture into the insides of the peppers. Top them off with pepper jack cheese. Bake at 400degrees for about 15-20 mins until the peppers start to soften and the insides are heated throughout. The cheese on top should be melted by the time and maybe little crispy.
  4. Take them out of the oven, top it off with sliced avocados and chopped cilantro. Serve stuffed bell pepper with lime wedge. Squeeze the lime juice over it prior eating, its quite delicious!

P.S. I dont like corn hence I did not add it. You can also top the stuffed pepper with sour cream. Go crazy with stuffing, add any veggies, meats, and cheese you want in your stuffed peppers. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do in our home.

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