Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa & Black Beans

Love this because it was vegetarian and easy and quick.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa & Black Beans // One Lovely Life
Photo Credit to One Lovely Life
Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa & Black Beans
4 bell peppers (any color), sliced in half stem-to-tip, seeds removed
1c quinoa, uncooked
½ medium onion, diced
1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
1 (4oz) can diced green chiles (don't drain)
¼ c cilantro, minced
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
olive oil, if desired
½ c Monterrey Jack, grated*
½ c cheddar cheese, grated*
1 recipe red enchilada sauce (or 1 (28oz) can)

Add quinoa and onion to a large saucepan with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 5 minutes, cover, turn off heat and let steam 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
In the meantime, microwave pepper halves 2-3 minutes to soften slightly. (Prepared this way, the peppers should come out crisp-tender. If you want them crisper, you can omit this step.)
Pour quinoa/onion mixture into a mixing bowl. Stir in black beans, tomato, green chiles and their juices, cilantro, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. If the mixture seems to dry, drizzle in a bit of olive oil (I didn't need any).
Pour enchilada sauce into a 9x13" baking dish. Divide filling among peppers. Nestle stuffed peppers into the enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with cheeses.
Cover the pan with foil and bake at 375 degrees 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and cook about 5 minutes longer. Serve peppers drizzled with enchilada sauce.

Recipe Source: One Lovely Life

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