Friday, June 5, 2015

Quinoa Mushroom Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe-Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa

I have totally fallen in love with quinoa not only because it is a "super food" loaded with protein but also because it tastes delicious and takes very less time to cook. This quinoa mushroom stuffed bell pepper is one of  my favorites. This protein rich recipe is great for vegetarians. It can be had for lunch or dinner. It can be served as a main dish or as a side dish.  Learn how to make Quinoa-Mushroom Stuffed bell pepper following this easy recipe.

Quinoa Mushroom Stuffed Bell Pepper

Quinoa Mushroom Stuffed Bell Pepper

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryLunch-Dinner-Quinoa
 Recipe CuisineInternational

   Ingredients needed

   Quinoa - 1/2 cup
   Bell Pepper -3

   Extra Virgin Olive Oil -1 tbsp
   Onion -1/4 cup chopped
   Garlic clove - 2 minced
   Tomato - 3/4 cup very finely chopped
   Button Mushroom - 1 cup chopped

   Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
   Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
   Pepper Powder to taste
   Salt to taste


   Oregano - 1/2 tsp
   Basil - 1/2 tsp

   Grated mozzarella cheese (optional)


Cook quinoa with 1 cup of vegetable broth or water. Refer how to cook quinoa for more details. Once cooked fluff  quinoa with a fork and keep it aside.

Wash and cut bell pepper into half. Scoop out the seeds and remove the white pith. Keep it ready as in the picture below. Apply olive oil lightly on the outside of the bell pepper. You can use any color bell pepper but to make it colorful and visually appealing, I choose one in each color.

Chop mushroom into small pieces.


Heat oil in a pan, add finely chopped onions and garlic.

When onions turn transparent, add chopped tomatoes and cook on medium heat for a few minutes.

Add chopped mushrooms, cumin powder, chilli powder, herbs, pepper powder and salt needed. Cook until mushrooms become tender and the gravy thickens.

Stir in cooked quinoa. Now our Mushroom Quinoa stuffing is ready.

how to make quinoa mushroom stuffed bell pepper

quinoa mushroom stuffing

Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree C for 15 minutes.

Stuff the bell pepper with the the quinoa + mushroom mixture (see picture below). Arrange the stuffed bell peppers in a baking dish lined with aluminium foil, cover the bell pepper with another aluminium foil (to prevent quinoa from drying) and place it in the middle rack of the oven.

Bake at 180 degree C for 20 minutes or until the bell pepper becomes slightly tender.

Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and mushroom

Once done remove the bell peppers from the oven, top it with grated cheese and put it back into the oven. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese melts.(keep an eye when using the broiler mode)

Serve warm. You do not need any side dishes as it tastes good on its own.

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