Warm Quinoa Salad Stuffed Bell Peppers With Avocado & Pine Nuts a.k.a. Plant-Based Is NOT Boring – Here’s The Raw Evidence!

Warm Quinoa Salad Stuffed Bell Peppers With Avocado & Pine Nuts a.k.a. Plant-Based Is NOT Boring – Here’s The Raw Evidence!

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Honestly, I have no words for this dinner but: DELICIOUS! Whoever said plant-based eating was boring ain’t never met these babies. Seriously!

Not only is this recipe super nutritious & satisfying but it’s also so simple & easy to make! It’s also one of those dinners you can prep in advance so it’s ready & waiting for you after a long day!

Basically, all you gotta do is cook your quinoa, sauté some veggies in Dijon, apple cider & spices, add the cooked quinoa, stir, stuff your peppers, bake them slightly so they’re warm but still crispy & top with your fave add-ons! I mean… does it get any easier?!

In the summer, I’m all about using fresh ingredients & keeping my meals wholesome, nutritious & light! This meal is exactly that!

Quinoa is an amazing source of plant-based protein that’s gluten-free & one of the few plant foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids (the ones our bodies cannot produce on their own & that we must obtain through nutrition). It’s also high in fibre, magnesium, B complex vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E & antioxidants. It contains more protein than any other grain & is beneficial for regulating blood sugar levels, protecting heart health, reducing sugar cravings & boosting the body’s antioxidant defence system.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4-5 bell peppers
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (cooked according to package directions)
  • 2 small red or white onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Avocado oil cooking spray
  • 1.5 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup organic raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 package white mushrooms, diced
  • 3-4 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 1 heaping tbsp. raw Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • TOPPINGS: Avocado chunks, raw organic pine nuts, nutritional yeast & black pepper

TO MAKE:

  • Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  • Once cooked, set aside.
  • In the meantime, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat & add the onion & garlic. Spray with avocado oil cooking spray & sauté until onions are browned & garlic is fragrant (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Remove the skillet from the heat & add the veggies & seasonings. Place the skillet back on the stovetop & heat over medium-high heat. Sauté the veggies until they’re cooked through, browned, but still crunchy (about 7-8 minutes).

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  • Add the cooked quinoa to the skillet & stir to combine.

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  • Preheat oven to 350F & line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Cut the tops off your bell peppers & stuff them with the quinoa & veggie mixture.
  • Place the peppers on the baking dish, cover with aluminum foil & bake in the preheated oven until the bell peppers are slightly tender, but still crunchy (anywhere from 10-15 minutes, depending how tender you want them).
  • Top the baked peppers with avocado cubes, nutritional yeast, black pepper & pine nuts.
  • ENJOY!

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