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!

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