Sunday, January 4, 2015

"Unstuffed" Peppers


"Unstuffed" Peppers

Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite meals but I never feel like I get the peppers cooked to the perfect texture....so I decided to make "unstuffed peppers".  The verdict: easy and delicious! Cutting up the peppers and cooking everything together packed every bite with flavor.  

Not only is this recipe packed with flavor but it is also full of nutrients.  Peppers are loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A and you will get a double dose of protein with the quinoa and ground beef. 





Ingredients
1 Pound Ground Beef
3 Bell Peppers ( I used 1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow)
1 Medium Onion - diced
1 Cup Quinoa (rinse well)
2 Cups Water
3 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
1 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
1 Tsp Ground Fennel 
2 Tbsp of Butter or Olive oil
Salt to taste
Avocado

Homemade Taco Seasoning
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 Tsp garlic powder
1/2 Tsp onion powder
1/2 Tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 Tsp dried oregano
1 Tsp paprika
3 Tsp cumin
2 Tsp sea salt
2 Tsp black pepper


Directions

  1. Place rinsed quinoa and water in a medium pot, bring to a boil, reduce, and cover. Let cook for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed
  2. Dice bell peppers and onions
  3. Melt the butter in a large pan.  Add the onions and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add the peppers and cook for another 5 minutes or until the peppers are tender but still slightly crisp
  4. Cook ground beef until fully browned.  Add 3 Tbsp of taco seasoning, 1 Tsp of ground fennel, 1 Tsp of crushed red pepper and  1/4 cup of water. Cook until  the water is absorbed.
  5. Mix together the cooked quinoa, cooked pepper mixture and the ground beef
  6. Plate and serve with a side of avocado.





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