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Stuffed peppers are great.  What makes them so great?  Their ease and versatility. You could pretty  much take anything you have in your pantry and refrigerator, mix it together, stuff the pepper, throw it in the over and call it dinner!  Oh yeah and you can make them in advance!

For Sunday’s dinner (and let’s be honest most likely Monday’s dinner too!) I used the following

  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 med. size tomato
  • 1 green pepper
  • a little bit of fresh mozzarella (very precise, I know!)
  • paprika
  • cummin
  • red pepper flakes

Cook the quinoa as instructed.  While the quinoa cooks, chop the top off your pepper and clean out the inside.  Reserve to top part of the pepper as part of the filling.  Dice to tomato and mozzarella.  After the quinoa cooks, combine your vegetables, cheese and spices(this is the fiesta part!).  Mix well. 

Getting ready for the fiesta!

The green pepper I used was pretty large so I chose to cut it down the middle to make two “boats” to fill.  In the past I have use slightly smaller peppers and filled the whole thing up! 

Generously fill each boat.  Place in a baking dish and put in a 350 degree over for about 25 minutes.  Just before the peppers are cooked add a few more pieces of cheese. 

The picture does not do it justice...

I ate this as a meal in itself but you could serve with piece of grilled chicken or fish! 

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