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Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Adapted from Delicious Living recipes, www.deliciouslivingmag.com
 
Serves 6
Ingredients
6 medium bell peppers, varied colors (choose flat-bottomed ones)
1 cup NOW Real Food® Organic Quinoa*
2 cups water
2 tablespoons Ellyndale Organics™ Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup NOW Real Food® Pine Nuts*
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 small zucchini, chopped
4 ounces spinach leaves, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese, divided
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, carefully cut around bell pepper stems to create a hole large enough to remove seeds and ribs. Cut an additional half inch or so off the top; chop these pieces and set aside.
  3. When water boils, submerge bell peppers and simmer for about 5 minutes, then drain in a large colander, or set upside down on paper towels.
  4. Combine quinoa and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add onion and garlic; stir for 5 minutes.
  7. Add reserved chopped bell pepper and stir for another 5 minutes.
  8. Add pine nuts and cumin and stir for 1 minute, then add zucchini, spinach, oregano, and salt; stir for 3 minutes,
  9. Add cooked quinoa and half the feta cheese.
  10. Preheat oven to 425°.
  11. Set peppers in a large rectangular baking dish coated with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper.
  12. Fill each pepper with quinoa mixture.
  13. Sprinkle remaining feta over tops.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes.
  15. Serve warm.
Make-ahead tip: Assemble and refrigerate; allow an extra 5-10 minutes for cooking.
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