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Black Bean, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Delicious stuffed bell peppers with quinoa, black beans, and sweet potatoes. These are super filling and packed with flavor. Incredibly healthy, gluten free, and vegetarian!

Course Dinner, Gluten Free, Meal Prep, Vegetarian
Keyword stuffed bell peppers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 260 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 - 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, if desired
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste if desired
  • 3 large red bell peppers, seeds removed and cut vertically
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat shredded colby jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a saute pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add onions, jalapeno, and garlic, and saute until the onions begin to soften and turn translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Place into large bowl and set aside.

  3. To cook quinoa: Rinse quinoa with cold water in mesh strainer. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth to a boil. Add in quinoa and bring mixture to a boil again. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with fork; place in large bowl.
  4. While quinoa is cooking place a medium pot over high heat and fill with water, bring water to a boil and add in diced sweet potato. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and continue to cook for about 6 minutes or until sweet potatoes are fork tender. This might take more or less time depending on how small you cut your sweet potatoes. Once tender, drain water from sweet potatoes and place into bowl with quinoa and onion mixture. 

  5. Gently stir in black beans, tomatoes, remaining 1/2 cup of vegetable broth, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cilantro, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.

  6. Arrange bell peppers in large skillet or baking pan and stuff with a heaping 1/2 cup of quinoa mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes until peppers are tender. Uncover and sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of cheese. Place in oven for 5 minutes longer or until cheese melts. Remove and serve immediately with toppings such as sour cream, your favorite hot sauce or guacamole.
Nutrition Facts
Black Bean, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.4g10%
Carbohydrates 39.7g13%
Fiber 8.6g36%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 14.4g29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.