Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Pepper Halves

There are so many nights where I need to make dinner FAST and when it would be easy to give in to temptation. I have a few recipes that I can make in under 30 minutes and this is one of my favorites!

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (this should be about 1 large lime squeezed)
2 bell peppers
1/3 cup chopped cilantro + 4 small sprigs for garnish
1 cup chopped white or red onion (should be about one small onion)
2/3 cup your favorite salsa
1lb ground chicken (or your choice of meat/ tofu)
1/4 tbs coconut oil
Seasonings: salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder

Cut the bell peppers in half and remove the stems and seeds/membrane.
Place the bell pepper halves cut side down on to a hot grill or BBQ (about 375 degrees)
In a sauce pan combine the quinoa, chicken broth, and lime juice. Bring to a boil for 30 seconds then reduce the heat to low and cover. Let simmer covered until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Melt coconut oil in a saute plan on medium/high heat and season well and brown the ground chicken. Toss in the chopped onions once the meat is browned.
Once the onions are soft add the salsa, toss in the cooked quinoa and mix well. Take the saute pan off the heat and fold in the chopped cilantro.
Remove the bell peppers from the grill/ BBQ and spoon in the quinoa/chicken mix in to the bell peppers and garnish with the remaining cilantro sprigs.

Voila! Super easy and so delicious!

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