Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are a delicious entrée perfect for any night of the week. These delicately stuffed peppers feature a combination of nutritious ingredients, such as quinoa and lean Italian turkey sausage. This may be used as a main dish or a side dish.
- 5 medium, mixed bell peppers (red, green, yellow and/or orange), cut in half lengthwise and seeds/ribs removed from centers
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup ivory or red quinoa
- 1 teaspoon MAGGI Instant Chicken Flavor Bouillon
- 12 ounces (3 links) spicy lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with juice, undrained
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
- 5 tablespoons BUITONI Refrigerated Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese (5 oz.), divided
Directions, Reviews, Nutrition
PREHEAT oven to 350° F.
MICROWAVE peppers on HIGH (100%) power for 3 minutes or just until tender. Place cut-side-up in 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
COMBINE water, quinoa and bouillon in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover; cook for 15 to 18 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat.
COOK sausage, onion and garlic in large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to crumble sausage, for 8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and onion is tender. Stir in cooked quinoa, tomatoes and juice and spinach. Spoon mixture evenly into peppers (about 1/2 cup per pepper half). Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cheese over filling in each pepper.
BAKE for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and peppers are heated through.
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Easy to Reduce Sodium
Instead of using water and bouillion, use low sodium chicken broth or make your own. Also use no salt added tomatoes. Sounds yummy
excellent family recipe
My family loved this recipe! Great use of spinach too.
Good, colorful and balanced.
as far as this having too mucy sodium, it isn't hard to use salt substitutes and have less. Go online and look for natural sodium flavoring....it tells it all. nice peppers. good meal....make it.
Too much sodium
I wish this recipe contained less sodium. Since I'm only supposed to have 2 Gms. sodium per day, this doesn't fit in. Can you adapt it? Any suggestions. EDITOR'S NOTE: Currently the sodium level is at 1210mg which is 1.2 grams. If you substitute ground turkey for the sausage, the sodium drops to 570mg. An additional step is to reduce the bouillon to 1/2 teaspoon and the sodium drops to 470mg. Hopefully this suggestion will help you.
Serving Size: 1/5 of Recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 340
- Calories from Fat: 120
- Total Fat: 13g (20% of DV)
- Saturated Fat: 3.5g (17% of DV)
- Cholesterol: 45mg (15% of DV)
- Sodium: 1210mg (50% of DV)
- Carbohydrates: 43g (14% of DV)
- Dietary Fiber: 5g (20% of DV)
- Sugars: 7g
- Protein: 19g
- Vitamin A: 20% of DV
- Vitamin C: 190% of DV
- Calcium: 15% of DV
- Iron: 25% of DV
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.