Vegetarian Black Bean Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

You can still enjoy cheaper and healthier options without skimping on taste. These Vegetarian Black Bean Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers are so hearty and full of flavor that you won't even miss the meat!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 6 bell peppers
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) fire roasted tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (15.25 oz.) corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican-style cheese (omit to make this dish vegan)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro (optional topping)
  • Avocado, diced (optional topping)
  • Shredded cheese (optional topping)
  • Sour cream (optional topping)
  • Salsa (optional topping)

Directions

  • Add rinsed quinoa and vegetable broth to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish that will fit 6 bell peppers.
  • Cut the tops off of each bell pepper and remove seeds. Place peppers on the prepared baking dish.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together cooked quinoa, canned beans, vegetables and spices. Stir ¾ cup cheese into the quinoa mixture, but reserve about ¼ cup for the top of the peppers.
  • Spoon quinoa filling into the peppers and loosely cover with foil. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes and remove foil. Top with reserved cheese and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and peppers are soft and slightly browned.
  • To serve, spoon on desired toppings or eat as-is. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for 2-3 days.