Quinoa Stuffed Bell Pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling the pan
2 red onions, chopped
1 pound sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped carrots
12 bell peppers, 1 cored, seeded and chopped; tops removed and reserved from remaining 11 then cored and seeded
3/4 cup chopped parsley
1 large bag baby spinach
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and cooked according to package directions
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup roasted cashews
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until transparent, 8 to 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes more. Add carrots and chopped peppers, cook until just softened, then add parsley and spinach (in batches, if needed). Let spinach wilt then stir in cinnamon, cumin, ancho chili powder and cooked quinoa and toss gently to combine. Add salt, pepper and cashews and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Set aside to let filling cool until just warm.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9x13-inch baking pan; set aside.
Divide quinoa mixture evenly among remaining 6 bell peppers, gently packing it down and making sure to fully fill each pepper. Top each pepper with its reserved top then arrange them upright in prepared pan. Cover snugly with foil and bake, checking halfway through, until peppers are tender and juicy and filling is hot throughout, about 1 hour. Transfer to plates and serve.
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