Curried Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (adapted from Green Lite Bites)
Quinoa (pronounced “key-nwah”) is the best thing to come along since sliced bread. Well, maybe not sliced bread, but in the realm of whole grains, it’s top dog. This powerhouse seed is a complete protein – all 9 amino acids in one tiny package! But, apparently that wasn’t enough for me, or we are just too carnivorous for our own good. 😉 I added ground turkey and loved how it paired with the delicate quinoa.
The quinoa is simmered in water spiked with curry, as well as a bevy of sauteed vegetables – onions, carrots, and I added yellow squash since I had it on hand. Once finished, I tossed it with the browned turkey, added more curry (the turkey addition demanded it!) and stirred in some freshly chopped spinach. 4 veggies including the green pepper which lent itself to being a vessel for the flavorful stuffing, essentially 2 meats due to the quinoa equals one hearty and easy weeknight meal.
I also had toppings that I added once they were finished cooking: shredded coconut (I LOVE coconut and curry together; match made in heaven!), crumbled bacon, and chopped hardboiled egg. For me, these toppings elevated this dish from coach to first class. Serve with a glass of white wine and you’ll be transported to an exotic destination, if only in your mind.