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« on: March 04, 2009 10:42:55 PM »


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!
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009 12:14:36 AM »

wow that sounds yummy. i've only had quinoa a few times before but i like it. it's so good for you too!
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2009 03:49:03 AM »

I've never tried quinoa but this recipe looks so good, I'll be adding it to my shopping list this week and trying it out. Thanks for sharing ;0)
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2009 06:56:19 AM »

Mmmm stuffed peppers are always delicious. Yours look great!
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2009 09:39:51 AM »

Oh man, quinoa is my favorite!  And I happen to have a red pepper that I need to use in the next couple of days.  This looks really awesome!!!  I'm gonna try it!

Tell me - how long should I leave the pepper in the oven before I pull it out to stuff.  Just until it looks roasted, or what?
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2009 07:56:42 AM »

Tell me - how long should I leave the pepper in the oven before I pull it out to stuff.  Just until it looks roasted, or what?

I didn't time it.  I put the red pepper in the oven right after I put the quinoa on the stove--so it must have been baking for around 15 minutes.  It didn't look roasted at all, but it was warm and cooked through enough for me, plus it was in the oven for a few more minutes with the quinoa.

I subscribe to the tao method of cooking.  I never measure or time anything unless there's chemistry involved, so it's really hard for me to write up good recipes!
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