Quinoa, quinoa quinoa. For the longest time I didn’t know how to say you. So for anyone who may be mispronouncing this grain, it’s keen-wa, not ki-no-ah. Ok maybe I was the only one doing that. Anyway, quinoa seems to be the cool kid in school these days (or shall I say the grocery store?) Either way, it’s everywhere. Even nonconventional grocery stores like Target carry multiple brands of quinoa. But why?
Quinoa has many benefits. I am not a nutritionist or a Registered Dietician, but I do know that it’s comparable to brown rice simply by looking at the nutrition labels.
Though brown rice is lower in fat, quinoa beats out rice by packing more protein, fiber, iron and Vitamin C. If you’re willing to compromise, you can reap the benefits of all of the nutrients in quinoa. Ultimately, I try to make both grains a regular part of my diet.
But since quinoa is cool and I’m always striving to be cool, I decided to make quinoa-stuffed peppers, which turned out to be much easier than I expected.
Unfortunately, I did not take exact measurements for this recipe because I suck, but I do have approximations for you if you’re interested.
Recipe Guesstimation (makes 4 peppers)
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/3 bag frozen corn, cooked
1/2 large tomato, diced
Handful of shredded cheese of your choice
The instructions are just as easy as they sound.
Preheat the even to 350°. Cook the quinoa and corn in separate pots on the stove. While they are cooking, cut up the tomatoes and cut off the tops of the peppers. Stuff each pepper with quinoa, corn, and tomatoes and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Place the top of the pepper back on and place the peppers on a baking dish in the oven. Bake for at least 30 minutes. Like I said, I was bad at measuring and keeping track of time, but it was around 30 minutes. Tada! Delicious peppers and a healthy serving of veggies and protein 🙂
I was worried these may not be flavorful enough but thankfully I was wrong. Next time I may consider adding fresh cilantro into the mix, but they were plenty flavorful without it.
Q: What do you think of quinoa? Love it? Hate it? If you hate it, what do you prefer instead?