I've been eyeing the beautiful red peppers at the store lately, but couldn't think of a reason to buy one until this week. I have a recipe for stuffed acorn squash I really like, and decided I could stuff a pepper instead. Here's what I did:
Rinse and soak 3/4c quinoa for a few minutes, then drain, add 1 1/2 c water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 10-12 minutes. Then remove from heat, leaving covered for another 5 minutes.
After starting the quinoa, cut a pepper in half and remove the seeds. Brush with olive oil and place on a baking sheet in the oven, preheated to 350*
Chop up 4 cloves of garlic and about 1/2 c of any other delicious morsels. I threw in some chopped mushrooms and leftover burrito "meat" from a few nights earlier. Fry in a pan at medium to medium high heat. When tender, season veggies with 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, and around 1/2 to 3/4 tsp cinnamon, along with some salt. After mixing in the seasoning with the veggies, dump the quinoa in the pan once it's cooked. Stir for a bit, mixing the veggies into the quinoa. If you find the quinoa to be dry, add a tablespoon or two of fruit juice. I've had to do this before, but not this last time.
Pull out the baking sheet with the peppers and spoon them full of quinoa stuffing. Put back in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
Enjoy! I love quinoa like no tomorrow, and this is my favorite thing I've made with it. It's so fun to make too since it practically explodes when you cook it. If anybody tries this, let me know what you think!