Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Red Peppers with Avocado Lime Sauce!

I recently found this recipe on a fellow foodie’s blog – thank you Natalie’s Killer Cuisine! I made this recipe for dinner last night and it turned out great! I modified the recipe to make it a little healthier and a little less spicy. My slightly modified recipe is below, check out Natalie’s Killer Cuisine for the original.

Ingredients – Stuffed Peppers

  • 4 large Red Bell Peppers, roasted
  • 2 cups Quinoa, cooked
  • 1 15 oz can Black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 8 oz can corn rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup Tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup fat free Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 – 1 Tbsp Black Pepper (depending on how spicy you want the filling to be)

Ingredients – Avocado Lime Sauce

  • 2 Avocados, ripe
  • 2 Limes, juiced
  • 2 heaping tbsp fat free Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3 – 4 TBS 1% milk (as needed – I didn’t need to use any for my sauce)

Directions – Stuffed Peppers

  1. Roast bell peppers: you can roast them on the grill or in the oven. I roasted mine in my oven under the broiler. I pre-heated the oven to 375 degrees, and then broiled the peppers on high for a few minutes until the skin was blistery/starting to blacken, and then I turned them over and broiled them on high for another few minutes until the other side was done.
  2. Cut off the top of the pepper (save for garnish) and scoop out the insides, and the seeds and discard.
  3. Combine all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spoon into bell peppers.
  4. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest 3 minutes. Enjoy with avocado lime sauce.

Directions – Avocado Lime Sauce

  1. Chop Avocado, juice limes: combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. Slowly add milk until desired consistency. Sauce will hold its color at least 8 hours (mine has held its color for over one day in the fridge in a tightly sealed container)
Peppers just after being roasted

Peppers just after being roasted

Quinoa mixture

Quinoa mixture

Stuffed Peppers, Fresh out of the oven!

Stuffed Peppers, Fresh out of the oven!

Finished product - yum!

Finished product - yum!

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