I am a huge stuffed pepper fan but this one was a little different! I had “spiced up” my old recipe with some black beans and corn a few months ago but I am really loving all the veggies tossed into this one!
I prepared this at a Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop but you can prepare it fresh or in advance and freeze! Either way, its relish!!!
WHAT YOU NEED:
In Bag #1:
- 3 large carrots, grated (about 1 ½ cups)
- 1 Tbsp. Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil or Olive Oil
- 1 ½ Tbsp. Wildtree Cajun Seasoning Blend
- 1 Tbsp. Wildtree Garlic Galore Seasoning Blend
- 1 package fresh spinach (or frozen), 10 oz
- 2 cans black beans, 15 oz, drained and rinsed
- ¾ cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 can diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz, drained
- 2 cups water
In Bag #2:
- 1 pound cooked lean ground beef or ground turkey
At cooking time:
- 6 large bell peppers, any color, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed
- ½ cups parmesan cheese (optional)
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
Combine all ingredients in a gallon size freezer bag, “smush” to allow seasonings to distribute. Place bag in freezer.
To prepare: Thaw overnight in fridge. Pour bag 1 contents in large skillet, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 – 25 minutes or until quinoa is tender, add cooked meat. (Note – if you are cooking your meat fresh you will want to start that after bringing the contents of bag 1 to a boil)
Preheat oven to 350. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Fill each pepper with quinoa mixture, and place in a baking dish with ¼ cup water in the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil, and bake 45 minutes – 1 hour. Uncover; sprinkle each pepper with cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is brown and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes.
For all my 21-day fixers and Insanity Max: 30 Meal Plan followers – each half would equate to:
- 1/2 R (ground beef/turkey)
- 1 Y (black beans and quinoa)
- 1.5 G (spinach, carrots, pepper, tomatoes)
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