This recipe for stuffed peppers is a healthier, plant-based version of traditional stuffed peppers. This version uses quinoa instead of the typical rice and meat filling. They're topped with nutritional yeast and tomato sauce for a cheesy, saucy finish!

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers [Vegan]

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Serves

2

Cooking Time

90

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa + 2 cups water
  • 2 large bell peppers
  • 1 medium-sized diced onion
  • 1/2 pound diced mushrooms
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup dried currants (or raisins)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (or pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce (optional)
  • 1-2 cups tomato sauce (depending on how saucy you like it)
  • handful chopped walnuts for topping
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast for topping

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rinse quinoa and set aside.
  3. Bring 2 cups water to a boil.
  4. Add quinoa and lower heat. Cover and simmer until the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
  5. Meanwhile, remove the tops of the peppers and dice the flesh that is leftover around the stem. Waste not, want not!
  6. Water sauté the onion until soft.
  7. Add the mushrooms, carrots, pepper tops, currants, seeds, Spike and soy sauce and cook until the veggies are barely tender. They will continue to cook in the oven.
  8. When the quinoa is done, add it to the veggie mixture and stir to combine.
  9. Lightly grease a deep casserole dish.
  10. Stand the peppers up in the dish and stuff them with the quinoa mixture.
  11. Add remaining mixture around the peppers. Make sure you use a large enough baking dish to fit the extra quinoa but not so large that the peppers fall over. Of course, you can modify this recipe to make more if you want. Just use the proper sized baking dish.
  12. Top with walnuts and tomato sauce.
  13. Sprinkle the top with a little nutritional yeast.
  14. Cover. It’s best to use one of those deep casserole dishes that have the glass lids if you have one. Otherwise you can use aluminum foil, making sure that the foil does not touch the food.
  15. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the peppers are tender.

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