Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 4 large green peppers
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce, divided
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

 Directions

  • Drain tomatoes reserving juice; set aside. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, cut peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds. In a Dutch oven, cook peppers in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse in cold water; invert onto paper towels.
  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, parsley, paprika, salt, pepper flakes and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.
  • Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in one can tomato sauce, corn, quinoa and tomatoes; heat through.
  • Spoon into pepper halves. Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine the reserved tomato juice and remaining tomato sauce; pour over peppers.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
  • Yield: 4 servings.
Recipe Courtesy of – Taste of Home

 

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