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Yummy Goodness…Stuffed Peppers!

I have been working on turning my house into a healthy-eating zone for the last few months.  It has been interesting to see the changes.

One food I thought I would NEVER try, was quinoa.  In fact, when I pinned this recipe I figured I could sub out the quinoa with something else.  To me, quinoa (Keen-wah) looks something like a cross between rice and oatmeal…two foods I don’t appreciate, at all.

But, when I was at the Bulk Barn getting food I walked past the bin of quinoa and before I could talk myself out of it scooped up about a cup of the grains.  I figured if I didn’t like it it was only a cup and wouldn’t break the bank or anything, lol.

Surprisingly, I liked it, to an extent (it’s better than rice or oatmeal).  Even more surprising is that my husband liked it as well!  But then he likes rice…and oatmeal…so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.

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The recipe can be found at BestHealthmag.com

There were a few things I changed…here are the ingredients as listed on the website:

1 cup (250 mL) quinoa, cooked
1 cup (250 mL) canned lentils, drained and rinsed   –
I forgot these! Confused smile
1/2 cup (125 mL) broccoli, finely chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) cilantro, finely sliced  –
I didn’t have this so I didn’t add it..
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger
2 tsp (10 mL) ground turmeric
2 tbsp (30 mL) lime juice –
I used lemon instead as I didn’t have lime juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp (30 mL) flaxseed oil
I may have used coconut oil instead (can’t remember) because I don’t keep this in stock either
pinch crushed chili flakes
1 cup (250 mL) diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
4 medium bell peppers, tops removed, cleaned out

These were soooo good!   Even when re-heated the next day they were just as good.  I would probably half the recipe next time.  I think, too, I had way too much quinoa because (duh moment) I forgot that one cup of uncooked quinoa equals like 3 cups of cooked or something like…anyways, I had a lot!

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My husband thinks it’s absolutely hilarious that I’ve been taking pictures of our meals.  But, seriously, this is ROCKET SCIENCE for me, people!  I like to bake but I’m not a huge fan of cooking (if you can tell from all the recipes I’ve posted).  So cooking healthy is a HUGE deal.  I spend like 75% of my day in the kitchen (which I dislike) but the results are totally worth it.  I’ve been telling my husband for months now that when we start looking for a house a proper kitchen is at the TOP of the list…like #1 on the list.  It’s a must for this girl.

So, don’t be afraid to try quinoa!  You might just like it (you kinda cook it just like rice but I found some great tutorials online to figure it out).

Happy Weekend!

Amanda Cunningham

Amanda worked as a full-time school teacher for two years before getting married and having two wonderful kids.She blogs about faith, family, food, and fun.While crafting takes up a lot of her extra time, Amanda also strives to help others through ministry in her church and in the community.Amanda, also known as Mae, works as the church music director and is hoping to start tutoring and teaching music again in the days to come.

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