So last night I was in need of a quick and easy dinner, nutritious is kind of a given. So I whipped up some stuffed peppers that will hopefully spark some creative juices in you to make a tex-mex inspired dish! It’s not exactly a recipe, but will hopefully inspire you to get into the kitchen during this upcoming APRIL blizzard.
I started off with half a white onion and roughly chopped it. Then sautéed the onions in a generous pat of butter. Wait until the onions become translucent and start smelling terrific.
*Before chopping the onion I plopped a sweet potato in the oven at 400° for 30 minutes, or until it becomes soft when poked with a fork.
Chop two cloves of garlic, I like big chunks but if you would rather use a garlic press or a garlic grater it is all personal preference.
I had to make the garlic look extra delicious because Chris absolutely loves garlic. Random fact: he can even eat them raw and enjoys it. And in general: don’t mind my old school stove top or lime green cutting board, I am working with what I have!
Add garlic and mushrooms to the onion mix and let the vegetables all mingle and the flavor of the garlic soak in. I also added some corn which brings a pop of color, and who doesn’t love corn?
For the stuffing of the pepper: add 1/2 cup cooked quinoa ( click here for how to cook quinoa), 1/2-1 cup of mushroom/onion/corn mix, 1/2 of a roasted and mashed sweet potato, handful of cheese, and 1/4 cup of black beans.
Stir together the mixture and add enough salsa to keep everything together (about 1/4 cup) and stuff the mixture it into two halves of a green pepper. Top both green pepper halves with more cheese and bake! I like my peppers to be soft but not mushy, so I do not pre-cook my peppers. I cooked the stuffed peppers for 30 minutes at 325° with tinfoil and then 5 minutes without tinfoil for the cheese to brown up and get nice and bubbly.
I topped my stuffed pepper with plain greek yogurt and a little more salsa and then devoured it.
Remember we can always use more faith, hope & quinoa in our lives!