Stuffed peppers are a great platform for all your favorite savory treats. It's a fact. I could easily eat stuffed peppers once a week, Conor doesn't agree. So I'm forever trying to make exciting stuffed peppers hoping he'll enjoy them as much as I do. These were a great success! Filled with salsa, quinoa (keen-wahh), turkey, spinach AND black beans. SO MANY TREATS. Mama Rubes and my grandmother make the best ones, filled with sauce and rice, but this version is great because it's pretty light and healthy. Also the second best part about making stuffed peppers is having stuffed peppers for leftovers. You are welcome.
Unintentional festive pepper shot.
LOOK AT THAT QUINOA. It's so beautiful/ crazy looking
turkey and quinoa stuffed peppers
6 or 8 bell peppers,, tops removed and ribs scooped out
a medium shallot; chopped
3 garlic cloves; minced
1 # ground turkey
1 cup cooked quinoa (I used red, you can use whatever you got!)
a jar of your favorite salsa
8oz can of tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and pepper
can of black beans, drained and rinsed
small bag of baby spinach
1/2 to 3/4 cup of shredded jack cheese (more or less depending on how cheesy you are that day)
Preheat oven to 375!
Start by heating a large saute pan to medium heat and add olive oil, shallot and garlic, letting them soften and slightly caramelized- about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the ground turkey, using a spoon to break it up into bite size pieces. Let cook till the meat is evenly browned.
Turn heat to low and add salsa, tomato sauce, crushed red pepper and about a 1/4 cup of water. I like to add the water so it's not too stiff when you bake them, I think it helps keep the pepper juicy while you bake it later on in life. I'm getting ahead of myself. ANYWAY, Now stir that all together. Add the black beans, bay-bay spinach, quinoa and 1/2 cup or 3/4 cup of cheese...I naturally have a heavy cheese hand..can't help it, stir together. Turn off the heat!
In a small casserole pan have your peppers sit up straight and snug all next to eachother. I like cooking them this way the best, you have to sometimes to a little-jig-saw-puzzle-like action to have them all kind of lean and work together. I think it's worth it because then you have a full dinner contained in one peper. I also think I like stuffed peppers this way because this is how my grandmother makes them, she also adds a slice of American cheese at the bottom of each pepper so you get truly wonderful cheese party at the bottom of your pepper. So just an idea..you should really consider it.
Now evenly scoop the pepper quinoa mix into each little pepper angel, and throw a little extra cheese on top for good measure. Bake in the oven, till the top is golden and bubbly and is singing love songs to you from the oven. (about 15-20minutes)