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Quinoa and Beef-stuffed Peppers

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Quinoa and Beef-stuffed Peppers

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 55
  • Serving: 12


12 small to medium red, yellow or orange sweet peppers

2 cups (500 mL) 2% cottage cheese, drained

⅓ cup (75 mL) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup (250 mL) quinoa or brown rice

2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil

1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean or Lean Ground Beef

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup (250 mL) chopped onion

1 cup (250 mL) chopped mushrooms

1 ½ cups (375 mL) tomato sauce

½ cup (125 mL) chopped drained canned water chestnuts (optional)

½ tsp (2 mL) dried oregano

½ tsp (2 mL) basil

Freshly ground black pepper

½ cup (125 mL) shredded Cheddar cheese


Cut each pepper across stem end to make pepper lids and cups. Remove and discard seed core from each. (Note: if pepper cups won’t sit upright, remove small slice from bottom of each, being sure not to create an opening). Set aside. Combine cottage cheese and Parmesan in small bowl; set aside.

Combine quinoa or brown rice and 2 cups (500 mL) water in medium saucepan; bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, simmer, covered for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove cover and let cool for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Set aside.

Meanwhile, cook beef in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up with potato masher or wooden spoon, for about 8 minutes or until no longer pink. Using slotted spoon, transfer to bowl and set aside. Drain off all but 2 tsp (10 mL) fat from skillet.

Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms to skillet; sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until softened. Return beef and accumulated juices to skillet. Stir in tomato sauce, water, chestnuts (if using), oregano, basil and black pepper to taste; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in quinoa or brown rice.

Stuff half of each pepper with some filling. Layer each with cottage cheese mixture; top each with remaining filling and Cheddar cheese. Top with a pepper lid; place on parchment paper or lightly oiled foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.

Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for about 20 minutes or until digital instant read thermometer inserted in centre of filling registers 160°F (71°C)
Next time dice up the pepper lids and cook with the mushrooms for a nutrient boost.