Quinoa and Feta Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers
Last week when I stopped by our local fruit cart (is this a Manhattan thing?), I saw that they had bags of colorful baby bell peppers. They looked so good and I was tempted but I already had some holiday menus planned and knew I wouldn't have a chance to use them. So I passed but now my head was full of potential pepper recipe ideas. Happily, I came home the other day to a delivery from Baloian Farms containing those very same colorful baby bells.
8 Baby bell peppers
1/2 Cup quinoa
3/4 Cup water
2 Tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 Onion, peeled and diced
1 Clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 Cup chickpeas (canned is fine)
1 Cup corn kernels
1/2 Cup crumbled feta cheese
2 Tablespoons parsley
1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano
Salt & pepper to taste
Rinse the quinoa and add to a pot along with the 3/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and the parsley.
While the quinoa is cooking, add the second tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan or skillet along with the onion. Saute on medium heat until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic, chickpeas and corn. Continue to cook for about 10 minutes. Add the onion mixture to the quinoa and fold in 3/4 of the cheese and the oregano. Season with salt and pepper.
Add as much of the mixture into each pepper as it will hold and sprinkle on the remaining cheese. Replace the pepper tops, loosely, and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until the peppers are tender and have a bit of color. Makes approximately 4 servings.