Succulent stuffed peppers with quinoa recipe – mouth wateringly good!

Succulent peppers stuffed with Quinoa 

Make : 4 servings                            Time : 40 min

Ingredients :

  • 100g whole-wheat quinoa
  • 1 chopped medium onion
  • 4 yellow, orange and/or red bell peppers
  • 50g chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
  • 1 rinsed 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 6 ounces coarsely chopped baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 75g crumbled feta cheese, divided
  • 1 tbsp red-wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preparation :

  • Cut the peppers in half, vertically through the stems, leaving the stems attached. Remove the white membrane and seeds. Put the peppers cut-side down in a large microwave-safe bowl. Pour in 1/2 inch water, cover and microwave on High until the peppers are just softened, for around 7-9 minutes. Let it cool slightly, drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, cook the quinoa until just tender, for around 8 to 10 minutes or according to directions on the package. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Using a fork, mash chickpeas into a chunky paste and leave some whole.
  • Over medium heat, heat olive oil in a large nonstick pan. Stir in onion till soft for about 4 minutes. Add spinach and oregano and stir until the spinach is wilted, for about 1 minute. Add in the quinoa, chickpeas, 100g of feta, tomatoes, vinegar and salt; cook until heated through, for about 1 minute. Divide the filling among the pepper halves and sprinkle the remaining feta on each pepper.

 Nutritional Facts :

Per serving: 344 calories; 11 g fat (5 g sat, 4 g mono); 25 mg cholesterol; 48 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein;11 g fiber; 656 mg sodium; 689 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (340% daily value), Vitamin A (130% dv), Folate (48% dv), Magnesium & Potassium (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2

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