Are you searching for a hearty and gluten-free main course that is as delicious as it is nutritious? Look no further! Our Savory Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe is a perfect solution for those seeking a wholesome and flavorful gluten-free meal. Packed with protein, vitamins, and a burst of colorful veggies, these stuffed peppers will not only satisfy your taste buds but also leave you feeling nourished and satisfied.
Savory Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
4 large bell peppers (assorted colors for a colorful presentation)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked
1 lb lean ground turkey or your preferred protein alternative
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup diced red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend)
Fresh cilantro for garnish
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
Prepare the Bell Peppers:
Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.
Lightly brush the outside of the peppers with olive oil and place them in a baking dish.
Prepare the Filling:
In a large skillet, cook the ground turkey over medium heat until browned. If you prefer a vegetarian option, you can use plant-based protein or extra veggies.
Add diced onions and garlic, sauté until softened.
Stir in the cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until the flavors meld.
Stuff the Peppers:
Spoon the quinoa mixture into each bell pepper, pressing down gently to pack the filling.
Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of each stuffed pepper for a gooey, golden finish.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the peppers are tender.
Garnish and Serve:
Remove from the oven, uncover, and let them cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.
These Savory Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers are a feast for the senses and a celebration of wholesome, gluten-free ingredients. Whether you have dietary restrictions or are simply looking for a delicious and nutritious meal, this recipe is a winner. Enjoy the combination of flavors, textures, and colors in this delightful gluten-free main course!