I am a mom of 4. I love to cook and try new recipes.
Every once in awhile a new recipe is tried and the family often responds with "mom..it's a keeper" meaning add this one to the family recipe book. So here I've compiled them all in one spot so they're easy to get to and add to. Hope you enjoy them as much as we have, and maybe they'll be keepers for you as well.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stuffed Bell Peppers with quinoa and black beans

We have been wanting to try Quinoa and I came across this recipe for Quinoa with black beans.  I wasn't sure what to serve with it so we decided to use it as a stuffing for some bell peppers instead and it was a Super Big Hit!

Serves 4

1 t. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 c. quinoa
1 1/2 c. vegetable broth
1 t. gr. cumin
1/8 to 1/2 t. cayenne (we used a lot less to make it less spicy)
1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz)
1 can corn (15 oz)
1 can black beans (15 oz)
1/8 c. dried cilantro or 1/4 c. fresh cilantro
4 green or red bell peppers, cut tops off and clean out the insides
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375
Place peppers in a baking dish fill 1/4 of the way with water and cover with tin foil and cook for 20-25 min.  until tender.

Heat oil in a sauce pan on med heat.  Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent.  Add quinoa, and veg broth.  Season with cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 min.  Remove lid turn heat to med and add corn, beans, cilantro and tomatoes and cook simmering for 5 min. 

Remove peppers from oven, drain water, and fill each pepper with quinoa and black bean filling.  Place back in baking pan and place in the oven for 5 minutes.  Serve.

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