This dish freezes well for future meals. Quinoa provides whole-grain goodness and a serving of protein.
1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.
2. Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots, and 2 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.
4. Fill each bell pepper half with heaping 3/4-cup quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with 1 Tbs. remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes more, or until tops of stuffed peppers are browned. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer stuffed peppers to serving plates, and drizzle each with pan juices before serving.
1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 ribs celery, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 Tbs. ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup quinoa
3 large carrots, grated (1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups grated reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, divided
4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed
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The only thing I'll change next time is to cut out the lemon juice entirely as the lemon flavor overwhelmed the Cajun seasoning. Because it was raining we couldn't use the grill so I cooked it under a broiler on both sides. It came out really nice, even though it was too lemony.
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Great way to use left over chili (or canned chili)
2 cups your favorite chili
1 pound Velveeta(R) cheese, sliced into 8 pieces
1 (16 ounce) bag corn chips
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon jalepeno hot sauce
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 can tamales, optional
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Spread 1 cup chili over bottom of casserole dish. Top with half of the onion. Spread a couple of handfulls of corn chips on top.
3. Sprinkle half of the chili powder, half of the cumin, half of the hot sauce, half of the cayenne, and half of the cilantro on top. Then, 4 slices of Velveeta(R). If using the tamales, put them in now.
4. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients, with the cheese ending up on top. Bake in oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or microwave 5 to 7 minutes.
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