Wednesday, August 12, 2009

quinoa stuffed peppers

Did you know that quinoa is one of the most perfect foods? It has a high protein level and a balanced set of amino acids. Not bad for a seed in the tumbleweed family. Last night I made quinoa stuffed peppers, and while you could substitute for couscous, I really don't know why you would. This recipe is from the kitchen sink, with a few changes. 

Quinoa stuffed peppers

1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup quinoa

4 large red bell peppers, halved and seeded
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into one-inch segments
1 small yellow squash, halved lengthwise and sliced into half-moons
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
pinch cayenne
1 can chopped tomatoes, drained
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons of the adobo spice (found in the latin american or mexican aisle)
2 1/2 tablespoons finely grated sharp white cheddar

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray. Split the peppers in half and clean them out; place them in the baking dish. Roast for 20 minutes.

Bring the quinoa and broth to a boil in a small saucepan; reduce heat and cook until the broth is absorbed, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a nonstick skillet. Add onion, asparagus, yellow squash, caraway seeds, cumin, cayenne, adobo spice and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Remove from heat and stir in the tomatoes, chickpeas, chipotle and adobo sauce. Add the quinoa into the skillet and toss with the vegetables. 

Fill the par-roasted peppers with the quinoa mixture. Top each pepper with 2 teaspoons of grated cheese. Bake 15 minutes


Heather said...

so excited to try this!

Kate said...

"Not bad for a seed in the tumbleweed family." hahahahah. laura you're so unassumingly funny.