quinoa stuffed peppers2

One of my favorite meals is my mom’s stuffed peppers; and over the past couple of years, every time I’ve made it, I’ve asked myself, “what if I used quinoa in place of the rice?”. Joel and I both love quinoa, so this was a no-brainer. Finally, I did it, and surprise, surprise- we loved it! This dish is SO full of flavor- I’m so happy with it every single time I make it, which has earned it a regular spot in our dinner rotation. The best part is, my baby girl loves it (and I feel great about giving it to her)!

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

2 medium bell peppers
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 pound lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups quinoa, thoroughly rinsed and cooked
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Cut peppers in half lengthwise. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, drop the peppers in and boil for 5-6 minutes. In a small bowl, mix tomato sauce, basil, and sugar and set aside. Brown meat and onion in a large skillet; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, salt, and cooked quinoa. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Spoon meat/quinoa mixture into peppers and place into skillet. Pour any remaining meat mixture around the peppers (you should have quite a bit left). Top with cheese. Cover and cook on low for another 8-10 minutes. Serves 4.

Recipe source: adapted from my mom’s recipe

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  1. My mom’s stuffed peppers were one of my favorite dinners growing up too. I can’t wait to try this version.


    Comment by Laura — March 20, 2013 @ 9:38 AM

  2. I made this tonight!! My husband and I both loved it! I ended up putting it in a baking dish and baking it for about fifteen minutes instead of finishing up in a skillet. Worked out great for us! Can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow 🙂


    amy Reply:

    Yay! Happy to hear it!


    Comment by Jacy — March 26, 2013 @ 8:42 PM

  3. These look great! I love stuffed peppers & haven’t made them in forever. Perfect with quinoa!


    Comment by Aggie — April 18, 2013 @ 8:38 PM

  4. I have never had stuffed peppers before but I cook quinoa quite a bit so I decided to try this and I’m sooooo happy that I did! Incredibly delicious! It’s like healthy comfort food. I think I’ll be making this one quite a bit.


    Comment by Heather R — June 11, 2013 @ 3:49 PM

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