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Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers (Gluten-Free)

Celiac.com 10/22/2015 - Quinoa is one of those gluten-free grains that are packed with nutrients and fiber. But quinoa on its own can be a bit dull. This recipe features quinoa blended with garlic, onion, cumin, diced tomatoes spinach and beans, and stuffed into red bell peppers and roasted for a flavor-packed gluten-free vegetarian delight.

Photo: CC--Global ReactionsIngredients:

  • 16 ounces diced tomatoes, drained, with juice reserved
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 3 red bell peppers, sliced lengthwise
  • 14 ounces canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ carrot, grated
  • ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

Directions:
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Arrange bell peppers in greased baking dish.

Roast peppers until tender, about 30 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Add onion and stir until soft and clear.

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Add garlic, cumin, salt, and black pepper to onion; cook and stir about a minute, until fragrant.

Add tomatoes, chicken broth, quinoa, and carrot into onion mixture.

Cook about 10-12 minutes until quinoa is tender.

Stir black beans and spinach into quinoa mixture.

Add extra tomato juice if quinoa mixture is too dry.

Spoon quinoa mixture into roasted red peppers and top with Mexican cheese blend.

Bake in the oven until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.

Serve hot.

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