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Tex-Mex Quinoa Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Vegetarian Stuffed PeppersI’d never pass up a hearty vegetarian stuffed pepper, especially when it’s packed with chile-spiced quinoa and covered with melted cheese. These Tex-Mex Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers are tasty proof that good-for-you comfort food does exist!
Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffed PeppersThe peppers are filled with a mixture of cooked quinoa with onion, garlic, jalapeno, chile powder and fresh tomato. Once baked, the peppers are topped with cheese and fresh cilantro. Serving the baked peppers with a spoonful of salsa and some sour cream would also be delicious.

Tex-Mex Quinoa Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno chile pepper, seeded
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup cooked quinoa (I used white quinoa)
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons ground guajillo or ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomato
2 medium green, red or yellow bell peppers (about 6 ounces each)
1/4 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
Fresh chopped cilantro, if desired

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium (8-inch) skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and jalapeno, cook about 5 minutes until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add cooked quinoa, chile powder, cumin and salt; mix well. Stir in chopped tomato.

Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds and ribs. Spoon quinoa mixture into bell pepper halves. Arrange stuffed bell peppers in a 2-quart square baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until peppers are tender when pierced with a fork. Sprinkle with cheese and bake, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes more until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro, if desired.

Makes 4 stuffed pepper halves

Tip: For a spicier dish, use guajillo chile power; for a milder dish, use ancho chile powder. Either way, I suggested a range for the amount to add. Start with 1 teaspoon and taste; add more chile powder if you want more kick.

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Easy Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Vegetarian Rice Stuffed PeppersVegetarian stuffed peppers are a true comfort food. It’s a huge bonus that they are easy to make. Simply halve a few fresh bell peppers and stuff them with a flavorful, veggieful filling. Bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is steaming.

For this stuffed pepper recipe, I used leftover cooked rice as the base of the filling. (I used Jasmine brown rice, but cooked white rice would also work.) A mix of onion, garlic, mushrooms and a splash of soy sauce add savory rich flavor. To keep the stuffed peppers light and healthy, only a small handful of cheese is added.
Vegetarian Mushroom Stuffed Peppers
Easy Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Rice and Mushrooms Recipe
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 package (8 ounces) fresh crimini mushrooms, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup cooked brown or white rice
1 tablespoon tamari (soy sauce)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 medium red, green or yellow bell peppers (about 6 ounces each)
1/4 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large (10-inch) nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, cook 3 to 4 minutes until softened, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms; cook 5 to 6 minutes until mushrooms are tender and liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add cooked rice, tamari and thyme; mix well. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds and ribs. Spoon rice mixture into bell pepper halves. Arrange stuffed bell peppers in a 2-quart square baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until peppers are tender when pierced with a fork. Sprinkle with cheese and bake, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes more until cheese is melted.

Makes 4 stuffed pepper halves

Tip: For vegan stuffed peppers, omit the cheese or use a vegan cheese alternative.
Mushroom Rice Stuffed Peppers