Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

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My Mother brought me several bell peppers out of her garden. I’ve been trying to find a way to use them all while they are still nice and ripe. I found this recipe for Southwestern Stuffed Peppers on the blog Barbells and Bellinis. This recipe is husband approved. I love that you add a cup of Quinoa to the mix. It’s protein rich, and you never even know it’s there. I easily cut the recipe in half, and we still had leftovers. Also, I browsed the rest of her blog, and it’s one I plan on visiting more often. Her recipes and pictures look amazing.

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Quinoa

Wikipedia says this about quinoa, “Quinoa (pron.: /ˈknwɑː/ or /kɨˈn.ə/Spanishquinua, from Quechuakinwa), a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the true grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beetsspinach and tumbleweeds.”

Well, I don’t know much about goosefoot, but I do know we have been on a quinoa kick. I have been very attracted to it recently mostly because of its gluten-free and protein rich qualities. It is a superfood. I’ve been sneaking it into our meals every chance I get. When David first went gluten-free, I immediately started looking for a good pasta substitute. I think we have tried every gluten-free pasta variety. We have mutually agreed that quinoa pasta is the best. In fact, I like it so much, I would still buy it even if David weren’t on a gluten-free diet. Our favorite quinoa pasta brand is Ancient Quinoa Harvest. Their website boasts that Prevention magazine voted them the 2013 Best Packaged Foods. Yeah! All the more reason to try it! We order ours in bulk from Amazon (yeah, Amazon Prime!).

So after eating quinoa pasta for a couple of years now, I finally decided to venture out and try traditional quinoa. I purchased the same brand, Ancient Quinoa Harvest. It’s organic, 100% whole grain, and it’s pre washed , so there is no rinsing involved. I mostly prepare it as a side dish to our meals. I keep reading a lot of quinoa salad recipes, but I haven’t tried this yet. We have only eaten it hot. My absolute favorite way to prepare it is combined with oatmeal. If you love oatmeal, you will really, really love quinoa & oatmeal. It is so hearty, and the nutty flavor from the quinoa is just divine. I found a recipe for this combination on pinterest. It directed me to a really cool blog called Camille Styles. You can get to the recipe here. She calls it, Quinoa Berry Breakfast Bowl. While you are there, check out her blog. I’ve been back to her site several times just to read her new entries.

I didn’t take any pictures when I made this quinoa oatmeal recipe. I had no idea I would like it this much! I will take a picture the next time I make it & update the post. Sorry!