Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fun and Delicious Peppers with Quinoa: Kids Will Love Them

I love quinoa, not only for its tremendous nutritional value, but also because of its delicious taste and texture. Luckily my kids learned to love it too! This recipe is fun for kids, and quite delicious. They will get hooked to the cool visual and taste. Customize it to your family's taste by substituting some ingredients. For a richer meal, add ground chicken, previously cooked with garlic.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Servings: 2 portions

  • 2 Poblano or bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa (red or white)
  • 1/3 cup butternut squash, diced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 4 grape tomatoes, minced
  • 3/4 cup part skim grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 tsp. sal

Roast the peppers and the squash on a sheet pan for 7-10 minutes at 450 degrees, turning once during cooking time. When the peppers are cooked through place in a zip top bag and let steam for 10 minutes. Then, gently peel the outer skin of the peppers and set aside. Also set aside the squash in a separate container.
Cook quinoa exactly as you cook rice (boil a cup of water, then add salt and the quinoa and let it simmer until the water is absorbed).
In a large mixing bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cheese, tomatoes, butternut squash, salt and pepper.
Cut a long slit through the length of the pepper and remove seeds.
Stuff the quinoa mixture into each pepper, pressing down to make room for more stuffing.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the cheese melts thoroughly.
Serve over your favorite tomato sauce.

Source: Based on recipe from Eat Drink Better

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