Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Turkey and Quinoa
There’s something comforting about a well-stuffed bell pepper. It’s a dish that’s been passed down through generations, bringing families together around the dinner table. The combination of hearty ground turkey, nutty quinoa, and the vibrant flavors of bell peppers create a symphony of taste that I simply can’t resist.
- 4 bell peppers (any color)
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Step 1: Prep the bell peppers
Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Cut off the tops of the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. Give them a quick rinse under cold water to clean them. Place the bell peppers in a baking dish and set aside.
Step 2: Cook the ground turkey and onions
In a large skillet, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onions and minced garlic and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant. Add the ground turkey to the skillet and cook until it is no longer pink. Stir in the dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to season the mixture.
Step 3: Add the quinoa and tomatoes
Once the ground turkey is cooked, add the cooked quinoa and the drained diced tomatoes to the skillet. Mix everything together until well-combined. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors meld together.
Step 4: Stuff the bell peppers
Take a spoon and fill each bell pepper with the turkey and quinoa mixture until they are generously stuffed. Top each pepper with a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese.
Step 5: Bake and enjoy!
Place the stuffed bell peppers in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the peppers have softened, and the cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
These stuffed bell peppers are not only delicious but also versatile. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients based on your preferences. You can try using ground beef instead of turkey, or add some chopped vegetables like carrots or zucchini for extra crunch. The options are endless, and that’s what makes this recipe so much fun!
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