Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jillian Micheal's Stuffed Quinoa Peppers

Oh how I heart Jillian Micheal's.

This is one of HER recipes.  I have copied it exactly. Why you might ask?  Well, Jillian has done a whole Ripped in 30 day eating plan but she didn't include any pictures so I wanted to help entice you to make some of her recipes your self to help you get that mean body like Jillian's.

This one is a keeper.  I only made three peppers because that is all I had on hand at the time.  They kept in the fridge for about 4 days, when I devoured the last one.  The peppers make a perfect little bowl that you can't over stuff .  I cheated a little and skipped the marinara sauce but added a little bit of feta cheese to the finished product.

This one is from her Ripped in 30 Vegan Eating Plan.

3/4 cups uncooked quinoa4 large red, green or yellow bell peppers
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, sliced (about 1 cup)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
14 ounces diced tomatoes, drained
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped, or 1 tsp dried
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black ground pepper
2 cups marinara sauce, for serving


Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a small saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear. Stir the quinoa into the boiling water, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

Meanwhile, use a sharp paring knife to cut out the core from the peppers. Pull out any seeds and rinse the peppers inside and out. Place them cut side down on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high power until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, garlic, and crushed red pepper, if using. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are golden brown, about 8 minutes.

Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the zucchini, tomatoes, oregano, and salt and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the quinoa and remove the pan from the heat.

Place the peppers cut side up in a medium roasting pan. Spoon the filling into the peppers and fill the pan with water 1/2 inch deep. Bake until the peppers are tender and the top of the filling is lightly browned and crunchy, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the marinara over low heat. When the peppers are cooked, place one on each of four plates. Spoon the sauce alongside or on top and serve.


Makes 4 servings.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total time: 1 hr 5 mins

Nutrition Facts
Number of Servings: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 297.9
Total Fat: 7.9 g
Sodium: 563.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 49.1 g
Protein: 9.7 g

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