Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Bell peppers are stuffed with quinoa, tomatoes and veggies for a hearty, healthy protein-packed meal.
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Chicken Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe
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  • 2Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 bell peppers (any color), halved and seeded, stems intact

  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa

  • ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 7 oz diced tomatoes, no salt added

  • 5 oz spinach

  • 1 tbsp pine nuts

PESTO

  • 2 cups basil or spinach

  • ½ clove garlic

  • 1½ tbsp Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tbsp pine nuts

  • 1½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1⁄8 tsp sea salt

  • 1 pinch fresh ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Prepare peppers: Preheat broiler to high. Place bell peppers, skin-side-up, on a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil. Broil until bell peppers start to soften, about 10 minutes. 

2. Meanwhile, combine quinoa, broth and tomatoes in a medium pot. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Add handfuls of spinach to quinoa mixture and stir to combine. Fill bell pepper halves with quinoa-spinach mixture, dividing evenly. 

3. Prepare pesto: Add basil, garlic, Parmesan, pine nuts, oil, salt and pepper to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add 2 to 3 tbsp water as needed to thin pesto, if desired. 

4. Top stuffed peppers with pesto, dividing evenly, or serve on the side. Sprinkle remaining pine nuts over stuffed peppers, dividing evenly.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2 stuffed halves
  • Calories: 388
  • Carbohydrate Content: 43 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 4 mg
  • Fat Content: 10 g
  • Fiber Content: 9 g
  • Protein Content: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 327 mg
  • Sugar Content: 7 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 10 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 4 g