Nothing beats a delicious and nutritious meal that not only satisfies your appetite, but is also good for you. Quinoa and black bean stuffed peppers are just the ticket – a flavorful and easy-to-make vegetarian dish that is packed with fiber and plant-based protein.
These colorful stuffed peppers have an array of southwestern flavors with a unique twist. They are filled with nutrient-rich ingredients such as quinoa, black beans, bell peppers, and onions. To add a layer of depth to the dish, a host of spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano and garlic powder combine to make the flavors burst.
The quinoa packs the triple-punch of being a complete source of plant-based proteins, containing all the essential amino acids. It is also a great source of dietary fiber, with an average serving size of ½ cup providing 5 grams of fiber. Additionally, quinoa is gluten-free and contains many other vitamins and minerals.
The black beans in this dish bring even more fiber and protein to the table. Not only do they add bulk and textural contrast, but they also provide magnesium and iron, which are both essential vitamins. Furthermore, black beans are high in antioxidants and are known for their many heart-friendly properties.
Stuffed bell peppers are an easy way to up the antioxidant content of your meal. The peppers come in a range of colors including green, red, yellow, and orange, and you can use any combination of these in this recipe. The vivid colors are a great indication that they are full of beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants.
To complete the pepper filling, diced onions and garlic are browned in a little olive oil. This adds even more flavor to the dish as well as a considerable amount of flavor. Chopped fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley and/or oregano can also be added for extra flavor and color.
When the bell peppers are ready to be stuffed, simply combine the cooked quinoa, black beans and sautéed vegetables. You can make the mixture as spicy or mild as you please. Finally, fill the peppers with the filling and bake them until the peppers are tender and the mixture is hot.
Quinoa and black bean stuffed peppers are a healthy and delicious meal that is sure to please all. With their natural sweetness and variety of flavorful spices, these stuffed peppers are a hearty and nutritious dish that is ideal for any night of the week.