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Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers For a Healthy Meatless Monday Meal

Stuffed Peppers - Heart Healthy

For a healthy meal the entire family will love, try this southwestern take on stuffed peppers recipe - perfect for a Meatless Monday recipe!


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen cup, thawed
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 bell peppers, tops cut off, seeds and ribs removed


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.

2. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside.

3. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened. Add garlic, black beans, corn and spinach and cook until spinach, lime zest and juice, salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper, and cook until spinach is wilted.

4. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, cooked vegetables and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.

5. Fill peppers with quinoa mixture and place in prepared baking dish, standing up. Top peppers with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and cover with foil.

6. Bake 15 minutes, then remove foil and broil 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted.

Serving Information

4 servings (1 stuffed pepper per serving)

Nutrition Information

382 Calories, 8g Fat (2g Saturated), 3mg Cholesterol, 370mg Sodium, 33g Carbohydrates (14g Fiber, 12g Sugar, 0g Added), 20g Protein, 170% DV Vitamin A, 390% DV Vitamin C, 37% DV Calcium, 57% DV Iron

Story Credit: https://www.rwjbh.org/blog/2019/march/recipe-heart-healthy-southwestern-quinoa-stuffed/

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