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Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers 

Healthy Fact of the Day

Bell peppers are a rich source of vitamin C, which supports the immune system and skin health. When combined with protein-packed quinoa and black beans, they make for a nutritious and delicious meal.

Ingredients

4 large bell peppers, any color
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
1 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
1 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar or vegan cheese (optional)
Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. If needed, slice a small portion from the bottom of each pepper to make them stand upright in a baking dish.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  4. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  5. Stir in the cooked quinoa, black beans, corn kernels, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until everything is well combined and heated through.
  6. Carefully stuff each bell pepper with the quinoa and black bean mixture, pressing down gently to pack the filling.
  7. Place the stuffed peppers in a baking dish. If desired, top each pepper with shredded cheddar or vegan cheese.
  8. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the peppers are tender.
  9. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly (if using).
  10. Garnish your Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers with fresh cilantro or parsley before serving, if desired.

These stuffed bell peppers are a wholesome and satisfying meal that’s easy to prepare and full of flavor. Enjoy the combination of quinoa, black beans, and vibrant bell peppers in every bite.

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