Black Bean + Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

By Healing Lifestyles and Spas

Recipe Courtesy of Citron Limette


2 Tbs. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
3 large carrots, diced
1 Tbs. ground cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup cooked quinoa
1½ cups grated reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, divided( optional)
4 large red bell peppers, top cut off and seeds removed


Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin, oregano, paprika and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes.

Stir in black beans. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook 5 minutes. Stir in cooked quinoa and 1 cup cheese (optional). Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

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

Fill each bell pepper with heaping 3/4-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 (optional). 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.


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