QUINOA AND TURKEY STUFFED PEPPERS




 

I’m not sure if I spent more time cooking or photographing this meal — but hope you guys enjoy both. I came up with this recipe while cooking in my tiny Fordham dorm — its simple, healthy, and relatively quick to make.

PREP TIME: 30 MIN

COOK: ~ 1 HOUR

 

NEED:

  • 6 large peppers
  • 2 large onions
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 head of garlic
  • 3 lbs of ground turkey
  • 3 cups of quinoa
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • crushed chili pepper flakes
  • oregano
  • pepper jack cheese

 

PREP:

  1. Chop onions, tomatoes & garlic — I prefer to slice the garlic but you can mince it instead.
  2. Wash and cut tops off of peppers, scoop out the middle flesh and seeds.

 

COOK:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cook the quinoa (two parts water for one part of grain) and place in a large mixing bowl (follow directions on the box of quinoa!).
  3. Next, put olive oil in large pan and heat on medium-high fire. Once oil is heated add sliced garlic & crushed chili pepper flakes and allow garlic to brown slightly.

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  1. Then add ground turkey to the pan. You can do two separate batches if needed. Put heat on high.
  2. Add salt and pepper to the mixture as you go. I don’t measure, I taste it along the way to see what is needed.
  3. Once turkey goes from pink to light brown add onions, more olive oil & spices.
  4. Add tomatoes and let cook down until turkey is nice and browned.

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  1. Next, add turkey to the bow of quinoa and mix.
  2. Stuff the peppers with the quinoa & turkey mix then add cheese on top — no such thing as too much cheese.
  3. Bake for 1 hour or until peppers look cooked!
  4. Enjoy!

Any extra stuffing can be eaten alone for a meal or cooked with an egg for breakfast! You can also freeze any/all of the stuffed peppers and thaw and eat another time.

XO,

L





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