nutritional information

Per Stuffed pepper:

  • Calories: 279
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Total Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Cholesterol: 15 mg
  • Sodium: 518 mg
  • Fiber: 10 g
  • Sugar: 9 g

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Serves 8

This dish freezes well for future meals. Quinoa provides whole-grain goodness and a serving of protein.
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped (½ cup)
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup quinoa
  • 3 large carrots, grated (1½ cups)
  • 1½ cups grated reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • 4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.

2. Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots, and 2 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.

4. Fill each bell pepper half with heaping ¾-cup quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with 1 Tbs. 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. 

February 2009 p.66

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These were delicious using bell peppers and poblanos. The recipe made 8 medium bell pepper halves and 2 whole stuffed poblanos. I followed the recipe closely but substituted fresh swiss chard from the garden for the spinach and fresh tomatoes for the canned. This made the filling a little watery so I cooked it a little longer. And I used some leftover spaghetti sauce in place of the tomato juice. Seems like a very forgiving recipe- maybe I could use up some zucchini next time. It was nice to have a way to use so much of our garden produce in one meal.

Jean Neely - 2014-07-25 17:42:55

I love this recipe! I don't use the spinach, and I use vegan cheese, but I do use frozen fire roasted corn, and I add black olives. I also top with some avocado before serving. Every time I make it, I have extra mixture, and not enough peppers, so I do peppers & a casserole as well :) oh, and I use ALL organic ingredients. Hubby and I LOVE recipe :)

Sarah Manasseri - 2014-07-14 23:46:34


jon - 2014-07-03 00:52:35

Dinner tomorrow

Judy - 2014-07-01 01:06:22

Excellent flavor, even though I did not add carrots, and used cheddar cheese instead!!!

Anne-Marie - 2014-06-25 21:00:39

Try this recipe

Sandy Bowlin - 2014-06-25 20:52:22

These were amazing...I used Fresh Spinach and Mushrooms...added Cayenne Pepper and Smoked Paprika...Omitted Celery...Everything was organic...except for the mushrooms I believe...but they were divine and I will definitely be keeping this recipe in rotation...I am new to the vegetarian/vegan world. I myself am all recipes without meat excite me...Thanks...

K. Edwards - 2014-06-17 16:35:56

These are very good !

Bonnie - 2014-06-15 18:39:28

Freezer friendly

Therese - 2014-05-09 14:47:58

Made these today and were very tasty. Added a can of corn as I didn't have spinach, a few dashes of cayenne pepper and a tsp of chili pepper for some zing. Used veg stock instead of water and added a veg stock cube for extra flavor. This recipe makes enough filling for two meals so I've frozen the extra for another time.

Lilly - 2014-05-08 18:38:56

Yummy, substituted Savoy cabbage for spinach and used pinto beans.

M.C. - 2014-04-24 04:17:32

Here yoy go

Catherine - 2014-04-22 16:52:46

if i want to freeze this meal would i skip the last baking step?

Megan - 2014-04-22 07:55:15

Here's the stuffed pepper recipe. The first time I had them, it was vegetarian so we had the beans in it. I omitted them for last night, both we good.

Sharon Corbett - 2014-04-20 18:24:42