Saturday, January 26, 2008

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa - KEEN-WAH - is a rice-like grain in the spinach family. It is high in protein and lower in carbs than rice and I think it can be used pretty much wherever rice is. Very yummy! I found a box in the organic section of my local Stop and Shop. Bonus - gluten/wheat free (Moira, take note!)

This is from the Jan/Feb issue of Everyday Food.

4 Bell Peppers

1 T Olive Oil

1 Medium Onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp ground coriander

salt and pepper

1 cup quinoa

1/2 cup fresh parsley

1/3 cup walnuts coarsely chopped

1 cut coarsely grated Provolone


Preheat oven to 450 with rack in upper third. Slice a very thin layer from the base of the peppers so it sits upright. Slice off tops just below stem and remove the ribs and seeds. Discard stems, chop tops and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion, garlic coriander, chopped pepper tops and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion has softened, 4-5 min.

Add quinoa and cook until fragrant, 1 min. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender, 11-13 min. Remove from heat and stir in parsley walnuts, and 3/4 cup of provolone. Season with salt and pepper

Dividing evenly, stuff peppers with quinoa mixture; place in 2 qt baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until peppers are tender, about 1 hour.

Uncover and top with remaining 1/4 cup of provolonebake until cheese melts 10-15 min more.

I only made two peppers and therefore halved the quinoa and pepper tops but used the same amt of onion, coriander, garlic, walnuts and cheese.



Kate said...

I've only made peppers with rice, but now I'm thinking about other grains like quinoa, couscous, even orzo!

MrsPresley said...

i love stuffed peppers! i have been wanting to try quinoa for quite some time now!

Anonymous said...

These peppers were great! Next time I will add some crushed tomatoes to the mixture and they will taste like my Italian bread crumb stuffed peppers.