How colorful is your plate?
Let’s make some pretty colors on your dinner plate tonight.
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Adapted from Peas and Thank You
4 bell peppers, your choice of colors
1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 small onion, minced
1 1/4 cup water
1 1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup 2% sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Garnish: cilantro, avocado
1. Wash and deseed peppers, trimming off the top. Set aside.
3. Add water, tomato sauce, garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. Add in 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6. Fill each pepper with 1/4 of quinoa mixture.
7. Top each pepper with the remainder (1/2 cup) of the cheese.
8. Cover with foil and bake for an hour.
9. Remove foil from peppers and preheat broiler.
10. Broil peppers until cheese and peppers are starting to brown. Garnish with cilantro and guacamole (not added into the nutritional info). Serves 4.
Nutrition Notes: They always say, the more colorful your plate is the healthier it is. Interestingly, when it comes to bell peppers, color can actually make a difference to your health. Red bell peppers have been shown to offer better protection against heart disease and even cancer. Red bell peppers have higher concentrations of nutrients than the others. While any color bell pepper will provide healthful properties, the red variety packs the most healthful punch and are packed with nutrients and antioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin A. The combination of these two antioxidants is especially crucial in killing free radicals. Free radicals basically cause harm to healthy cells and they also build up cholesterol, cause nerve and blood vessel damage and cataracts. Bell peppers also contain good amounts of vitamin B6, beta-carotene, folic acid and lycopene ,like we discussed, is present in tomatoes too!
Taste Test: These were absolutely delicious. I am falling in love more and more with quinoa as I incorporate it into my recipes. I want to try this recipe with poblano peppers next! Yum!
Do you think about color when you are planning your meals?