Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

This delightful dish offers a hearty and flavorful meal option that combines colorful bell peppers stuffed with a savory mixture of quinoa, black beans, corn, and spices. Packed with nutrients and vibrant ingredients, this recipe is perfect for a satisfying dinner or an impressive dish for guests. It's a wholesome option that celebrates the deliciousness of fresh vegetables and protein-rich components, ideal for vegetarian and meat-lovers alike.

Ingredients

  • 4 large bell peppers, tops and seeds removed
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Cook quinoa in water according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add black beans, corn, cumin, and smoked paprika to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes until heated through.
  4. Combine the cooked quinoa with the bean mixture, stirring well.
  5. Stuff each bell pepper with the quinoa mixture and place in a baking dish. Top with grated cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the peppers are tender and the cheese is melted and golden.
  7. Serve stuffed peppers hot, garnished with chopped cilantro and lime wedges on the side.

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