Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

From Kristi's Kitchen

Featured on Beyond Organic's Facebook page this week

Quinoa Ingredients:

1 c. quinoa
1 1/2 c. filtered water
1 tsp. sea salt

-Combine in a sauce pot
-Bring to a boil - cover
-Turn heat to MED-LO and simmer for 15-20 minutes; until water is completely absorbed
-Remove from heat and set aside

Meat Stuffing Ingredients:

1 lb. ground turkey (could substitute greenfed beef)
1/4 large onion, finely chopped
2 stalks organic celery, finely diced
4 bella mushrooms, finely diced
3 small garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. ground sage
1 tsp. anise seed
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice

-Combine all ingredients and cook in cast iron skillet until just brown and tender over MED heat -do not will continue to cook in the oven


Tomato Sauce Ingredients:

1/4 large onion, diced
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 large tomatoes, pureed
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp. coconut nectar

-Saute onion and garlic in oil until translucent
-Add tomato puree, seasonings, and nectar
-Simmer on MED-LO heat while peppers cook


Assembly Directions:

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-Combine Cooked meat and veggies with cooked quinoa
-Cut 4 bell peppers in half (clean and deseed)
-Stuff pepper halves with Quinoa-meat mixture
-Place stuffed halves in stone baking dish
-Cook in preheated oven for 20 minutes
-Top with a spoonful of tomato sauce
-Continue to cook for 10 minutes
-Add a piece of provolone cheese on top of each half
-Cook for 5  more minutes, until cheese is melted
-Top each pepper half with a little more tomato sauce as you plate

Serve with a side of Smashed Cauliflower (recipe below)

Sauteed Cauliflower
From Kristi's Kitchen


2 lb. cauliflower florets, fresh or frozen
1 1/2 pints. organic chicken stock
4 tbsp. organic butter
Sea Salt
Garlic Powder


-Place cauliflower and chicken stock in stock pot
-Bring to a boil and simmer until cooked through and tender
-Drain off most of cooking liquid
- Smash cauliflower
-Fold in butter
-Season taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder


This is also delicious stuffed into tomatoes - cut 4 large tomatoes in half, scoop out the flesh, season with sea salt and pepper, stuff...cook in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes -top with cheese and cook 5 more minutes.

Happy Eating!

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